07.10.12 - Tony Trischka - Shakespeare in the Park - As You Like It review - Variety Magazine
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06.7.12 - Give Me the Banjo - DVD Release, June 12th, 2012
The banjo has been an emblem of American culture for centuries. Yet few realize the instrument’s complicated, checkered past, one that illuminates a fledgling nation coming into being.
Featuring such banjo greats as Béla Fleck, Earl Scruggs, and Taj Mahal, GIVE ME THE BANJO delves into the complex history of the banjo, from its origins in Africa and its development in early America to the present day. A wide variety of banjo experts—including music historians, instrument-makers, folklorists, and players of all styles—come together to tell the comprehensive history of the banjo, while also discussing the instrument’s influence on a vast array of musical styles, including ragtime, jazz, and country.
Narrated by banjo enthusiast Steve Martin, GIVE ME THE BANJO celebrates the fascinating history and the cultural richness of one of America’s most enduring instruments.
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06.01.12 - Tony Trischka Performs As You Like It - Shakespeare in the Park - Free Theater NYC - June 5th - 30th
Tony continues to stretch the boundaries of his instrument and has put a band together to perform Steve Martin's compositions for Shakespeare in the Park, a New York theater institution. The band is on-stage, not in the pit. Costume below. More Info
10.24.11 - Give Me the Banjo - Airs on PBS November 4th
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02.16.11 - Tony Trischka School of Banjo Now Available on iPad
Tony Trischka School of Banjo, the online music school for banjo, is now compatible with the iPad and iPhone. This new development brings banjo education technology to the next generation while making it possible for users to take their music lessons with them anywhere and stay connected to the TTSB community at any time.
01.05.11 - Rare Bird Alert
August 29,2010 at Paul McCartney's place in New York where Paul recorded vocals for Steve Martin's new album, Rare Bird Alert. The album is produced by Tony and due out in March 2011 on Rounder Records.
The Banjo project on Kickstarter - view now
The Banjo Project: The Story of America's Instrument has been funded on Kickstarter, but you can still help. Click the link, rub two cents together and become a part of American History.
Tony interviewed on WNYC's Sound Check -- listen now
Tony speaks about about "the revival of the banjo as it pops up in a wide variety of genres."
Tony to appear at Pete Seeger's 90th Birthday Benefit Concert
as part of All Star Line-Up -- get
NEW YORK, March 18, 2009 —The Clearwater Concert:
Creating the Next Generation of Environmental Leaders, a star-studded,
one night only concert event celebrating Pete Seeger’s
90th Birthday, will be held on Sunday, May 3, at 7PM,
at Madison Square Garden. This once-in-a-lifetime concert
event will benefit and raise awareness for Hudson River Sloop
Clearwater, founded by Pete Seeger, which strives to preserve
and protect the Hudson River. Seeger, a legendary folk singer,
political activist and avid environmentalist, has long inspired
social change through his extraordinary life and music. The
Clearwater Concert: Creating the Next Generation of Environmental
Leaders will feature over 40 artists representing a wide variety
of musical genres and generations, including Joan Baez, Ben
Harper, Ani DiFranco, Dave Matthews, Michael Franti, Emmylou
Harris, Juanes, John Mellencamp, Tao Rodriguez–Seeger,
Bruce Springsteen, Taj Mahal, Eddie Vedder, and Keller Williams.
The evening, hosted by Clearwater, will focus on ensemble renditions
of musical treasures inspired by Pete Seeger.
Express pre-sale tickets will be available starting Monday,
March 23 at 9AM. Public on-sale will begin Monday, March 30
at 9AM. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster.com and range
from $19.19-$250, with a majority priced at $90 to honor Pete’s
birthday. Special Clearwater Legacy Tickets will also be available.
For more information, please visit www.Seeger90.com.
Seeger's historic contributions to the environmental movement
and the fight for social justice have inspired millions of people.
Approaching 90, his great deeds shine on and continue to remind
us that nothing is beyond our reach. Clearwater thanks the many
gracious musicians gathering to celebrate Pete’s life
and help create a living legacy in his honor: the next generation
of environmental leaders,” said Jeff Rumpf, Executive
Director for Clearwater.
Washburn and the Sparrow Quartet
Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses)
Bernice Johnson Reagon
Billy Nershi (String Cheese Incident)
Jay Ungar & Molly Mason
Kate & Anna McGarrigle
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Mike & Ruthy Merenda
Native American Indian Cultural Alliance
NYC Labor Chorus
Patterson Hood (Drive-By Truckers)
Preservation Hall Jazz Band with Del McCoury
Ramblin' Jack Elliott
Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine)
Tony WINS Best Americana Album - 8th Annual Independent Music
“Territory” wins Best Americana Album of
the year from the highly acclaimed Independant Music Awards.
New Album Reviewed in The New York Times - read
“Territory” (Smithsonian Folkways/Ryko)
is considerably more than a showcase for the virtuoso banjo
playing of Tony Trischka, though that may seem like its principal
function. The album is a full-bore banjo tutorial — Mr.
Trischka’s track-by-track notes include tunings and occasional
tips — and a familial jaunt through folk and bluegrass
terrain. There are just a few guests, both time-tested (Pete
and Mike Seeger, on separate tracks) and up-and-coming (the
guitarist and singer Michael Daves, the fiddler Brittany Haas).
Mr. Trischka provides a steady through line, drawing clear connections
not only to Celtic reels but also West African kora music and
Hawaiian slide guitar.
Territory - The New Album from Tony Trischka - Released Today
fearless musical curiosity as the guiding force, Tony Trischka's
Territory roams widely through the banjo's creative terrain.
Twelve all-Trischka solo tracks explore a panorama of tunings,
banjo sounds, and traditions. Nine selections partner Tony with
fellow banjoists Pete Seeger, Mike Seeger, Bill Evans, Bill
Keith, Bruce Molsky, and other guest artists to tap the creative
potential of America's signature musical instrument. 62 minutes,
21 tracks, 32-page booklet, extensive notes, photos.
Check it out at Smithsonian
Tony Trischka Article in The Boston Globe
Boston Globe - March 18, 2008 Read
Tony Appears on LIVE with Regis & Kelly
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the video on the Regis Website
Tony Nominated for Grammy Award
Tony Trischka's Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular
has been nominated for Best Bluegrass Album in the 50th Annual
Grammy Awards, 2008.
Tony sweeps statues for all 3 nominations at the 2007 IBMA Awards
After delivering the keynote address at this year's
IBMA conference Tony went on to win awards for all three of
his nominations including:
Event of the Year
Instrumental Album of the Year
Instrumental Performer - Banjo Player
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2007 IBMA Awards - Tony receives three nominations.
Recorded Event of the Year
Instrumental Album of the Year
Instrumental Performer - Banjo Player
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2007 IBMA Conference - Tony to give keynote speech
Tony will give the opening speech at the October 1st
opening of the IBMA conference.
2007 IBMA Awards Ceremony - Tony to perform
Tony will be one of only two performers on stage at
the illustrious IBMA awards ceremony on October 4th, 2007.
New instructional book by Oak Publications -"The
Complete Bluegrass Banjo Player"
New album for Smithsonian Folkways
New tunes are finished and recorded - due out in early
Video of Tony's appearance on DAVID LETTERMAN
Check Out this special backstage video of a greenroom
Tony to appear on DAVID LETTERMAN - WATCH
Thursday April 26th at 11:30 PM EST
With Steve Martin & Bela Fleck
Tony on WFUV New York
Tony joins the John Platts show on WFUV 90.7 FM
Sunday Feb 11th at 10:00 AM
Tony Trischka plays the Ellen Degeneres show with Steve Martin
Tony and Steve perform "The Crow" from the
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Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular
The brand new album from Tony Trischka is released today
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Tony appears in-studio at NPR with Bela Fleck and Steve Martin
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Tony Joins MySpace
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