Grammy Award-winning musician John Reischman has been a foundational
mandolinist, composer, bandleader, and musical educator in bluegrass and North
American roots and folk music since emerging from the vibrant “new acoustic”
music scene of the Bay Area in the 1980s. A founding member of the
groundbreaking Tony Rice Unit, Reischman’s mastery of bluegrass, old-time,
swing, and multiple Latin American musical styles, coupled with an Old Masters
sense of tone, taste and musicality, has brought him a global reputation as one of
the finest mandolinists of his era.
Over the years, he’s collaborated with a remarkably wide range of artists
including bluegrass singer/songwriter Kathy Kallick, flatpicking guitarist Scott
Nygaard, banjo wiz Tony Furtado, fingerstyle guitarist John Miller, Chinese music
ensemble Red Chamber, Brazilian multi-instrumentalist Celso Machado, singer
songwriter Susan Crowe, and more.
Considered by critics and audiences as one of the true masters of mandolin
today, John Reischman remains committed to his original vision of exploring
multiple mandolin genres in a style based on making each note and phrase
sound uniquely rich and clear. One of those rare instrumental musicians who, like
his mentor Tony Rice, can be recognized immediately within his first few notes,
John’s playing on his legendary 1924 Lloyd Loar-signed Gibson F-5 mandolin
epitomizes tone and taste.
A true musician’s musician who serves the melody over instrumental flash and
hot licks, John Reischman continues to explore the melodic possibilities of
mandolin in fresh ways in the 21st Century, reaching new generations of fans
with his impeccable musical taste and style.