Perhaps the most influential banjo player in the roots music world, Trischka’s stylings have inspired a whole generation of bluegrass and acoustic musicians with the many voices he has brought to the instrument. In 2007, Trischka received an IBMA award for Banjo Player of the Year for reinvigorated the double banjo tradition with his Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular, which received IBMA awards for Recorded Event of the Year, Instrumental Album of the Year and a Grammy Nomination. In December of 2012, Trischka was awarded the United States Artists Friends Fellow in recognition of the excellence of his work.
Originally from New York, Trischka’s interest in banjo was sparked by the Kingston Trio’s “Charlie and the MTA” in 1963. During his long, critically acclaimed career he has been a member of numerous bands including the Down City Ramblers, Country Cooking, Country Granola, Monroe Doctrine, Breakfast Special and Skyline, recorded several solo albums, and worked on Broadway, radio, and in film.
With his fearless musical curiosity as the guiding force, Tony Trischka’s critically acclaimed release, Territory with fellow banjoists Pete Seeger, Mike Seeger, Bill Evans, Bill Keith and Bruce Molsky explores a panorama of tunings, banjo sounds, and traditions; tapping the creative potential of America’s signature musical instrument. On his latest album Great Big, his instrumental expertise and boundless imagination are as sharp as ever. A deeply compelling showcase for his expansive instrumental talents, far-ranging musical interests and distinctive songwriting skills, Trischka embraces all manner of possibilities, while keeping one foot firmly planted in the traditional bluegrass roots that first inspired him to make music.
Trischka has further broadened the reach and influence of the banjo in directing and producing the PBS documentary “Give Me the Banjo” in 2011, and as performer and Band Leader for the Shakespeare in the Park, NYC performances of “As You Like It”, placing the banjo on even newer ground.
Trischka continues to maintain a national and international touring schedule with his band of extraordinary musicians.
“the great banjo liberationist” – Tom Ashbrook, NPR On Point