School of Banjo

Meet Tony Trischka, School of Banjo




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Tony Trischka is one of the most influential banjo players in the roots music world. In his 40 plus years as a consummate banjo artist, his stylings have inspired generations of bluegrass and acoustic musicians. A true luminary in the banjo world, his technical and conceptual advances opened the way for players such like Bela Fleck and Alison Brown. His recordings with them and others such as Earl Scruggs, Ralph Stanley, Pete Seeger, members of REM, William S. Burroughs, Natalie Merchant, Alison Krauss, and Steve Martin are part of every banjo-lovers musical reference. The Grammy-Nominated Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular, the latest of his 16 recordings for Rounder Records, won several IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Awards in 2007, including ‘Banjo Player of the Year’. Tony has raised the awareness of both the banjo and his music with numerous articles in the national press, interviews on radio, and television appearances. His solo album for Smithsonian Folkways Records, Territory, was named ‘Best Americana Album’ at the Independent Music Awards. He recently produced Steve Martin’s latest album Rare Bird Alert, which features performances by Paul McCartney and the Dixie Chicks. Tony is also the musical director of the forthcoming documentary The Banjo Project, to be aired on PBS in the fall. Tony is one of the banjo’s top teachers, and has created numerous instructional books, DVDs, and CDs. The groundbreaking Tony Trischka School of Banjo launched in July of 2009, and is the online home for banjo students all around the world.