SARANAC LAKE, NY—On Friday, January 18, BluSeed Studios welcomes consummate performer and renowned banjo player Tony Trischka to its Live at BluStage venue.
Trischka has established himself as a wildly inventive recording artist and one of America’s foremost visionaries of the five-string banjo. Broadly regarded as the most innovative banjoist of his generation, Trischka’s dexterity and restless creative spirit have inspired generations of fans, and his influence in igniting the world of progressive acoustic music permanently altered the face of American roots music.
Trischka’s instrumental expertise and boundless imagination are as sharp as ever, which is demonstrated in his most recent album, “Great Big World.”
Coming of age in the 1960s, Tony embraced the free-spirited attitude of the generation of artists who were changing the face of rock, folk and jazz, applying those lessons to banjo music. The results of his trailblazing approach would influence the generations of roots-oriented players who followed him.
The Syracuse-born Trischka was first inspired to pick up the banjo in 1963, after hearing it on the Kingston Trio’s folk-revival hit “Charlie and the MTA.” He quickly fell under the spell of pioneering banjo icon Earl Scruggs, who remains a touchstone for him to this day. “I was already playing folk guitar, but then I heard the banjo and the sound just grabbed me,” he recalls. “It always seemed like the coolest instrument to me. Guitars have dots, but banjos have these beautiful inlays, and banjos are works of art. It looked so cool, and it sounded so powerful to me. It was love at first hearing, and it still affects me that way.”
To purchase tickets go to: www.bluseedstudios.org or call 518-891-3799