Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players
By Jason Trachtenburg
The TRACHTENBURG FAMILY SLIDESHOW PLAYERS formed as the result of a complex series of coincidences and understatements with the sole purpose of raising the absolute common denominator of entertainment value.
The TRACHTENBURG FAMILY SLIDESHOW PLAYERS are a real family indie-rock conceptual art and music phenomenon, led by Jason Trachtenburg, on piano and guitar. Trachtenburg's daughter, Rachel Trachtenburg (age 9), plays the drums and Rachel's mom, Tina Piña Trachtenburg, controls the slide projector.
The TRACHTENBURG FAMILY SLIDESHOW PLAYERS turn old, discarded slide collections into pop-rock music exposés based on the contents of each collection.
Formed in Seattle in the spring of 2000, the Slideshow Players quickly became the hottest ticket in town. A move to New York City in July 2002 was necessitated by the need to change the history of entertainment as we know it.
Within weeks, the TRACHTENBURG FAMILY SLIDESHOW PLAYERS were the most talked about band in the Big Apple. An October 2002 tour with They Might Be Giants was followed by a January 2003 appearance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Their first national headlining tours ensued in the spring and summer. A documentary on the band, produced and directed by Gillian Grisman (Grateful Dawg)will premiere on the Sundance Channel this summer. Fall 2003 releases are planned on Bar None Records and Cass Records.
Jason Trachtenburg has been a topical songwriter since 1984. Tina Piña Trachtenburg has been a conceptual, fashion and artistic creator since the late '70s. Rachel Trachtenburg, the golden child of rock 'n' roll, was born as a result of immaculate conception and has played the drums since the year 2000 A.D.
"Move over, Partridges- here come the Trachtenburgs. There may be only three of them, but this eccentric ensemble is poised to snag the title of America's favorite musical family."
-New York Post
"the Trachtenburgs had discovered that elusive ingredient - like making Michael the focal point of the Jackson 5 - which propels a band to greatness."
-The New Yorker
"Onstage, Rachel Trachtenburg evokes both the "E.T." -era Drew Barrymore and Meg White of the White Stripes."
-The New Yorker
"Jason writes and sings sweet melodies like the best ramshackle VU cabaret. Rachel, his nine-year-old daughter and drummer extraordinaire, is grace under pressure."
- The Voice
"superheroic pop-music-art sensation, utterly irresistible."
-Christian Science Monitor