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Birth name: Ernest Joseph Anastasio III.
Born: September 30, 1964 Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
Trey Anastasio biography (bio):
Trey Anastasio is an American guitarist, composer, and vocalist most noted for his work with the rock band Phish. He is credited by name as composer of 152 Phish originals, 140 of them as a solo credit, in addition to 41 credits attributed to the band in the generic. He was rated as number 73 on the Rolling Stone List of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time in 2003.
Throughout his career, Anastasio has participated in various projects outside of Phish, furthering his reputation as a multifaceted composer, instrumentalist, and vocalist.
Anastasio, whose name derives from the Greek word for "resurrection," began playing the drums as a youth, turning to guitar while a teenager. His father was an executive with Educational Testing Service (ETS). Anastasio's mother, with whom he wrote songs as a child, was an editor of Sesame Street Magazine. He attended Princeton Day School for junior high school, where he began to write music with some of his classmates. Some of these songs (for example, "Golgi Apparatus") would find their ways into the Phish repertoire, and many other Anastasio compositions refer to these early experiences. For senior high school, Anastasio attended The Taft School along with The Dude of Life, who helped pen such Phish compositions as "Suzy Greenberg," "Fluffhead," "Skippy the Wondermouse," "Run Like an Antelope," "Slave to the Traffic Light," and "Dinner and a Movie." At Taft, Anastasio founded his first two bands, Red Tide and Space Antelope.
After Anastasio completed high school, he enrolled in the University of Vermont, attending from fall of 1983 to spring of 1984 as a philosophy major. It was here that he met Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon, and Jeff Holdsworth, who founded Phish in 1983. In December of 1983 the group formed to play a ROTC dance. They played a setlist of cover songs, including "Proud Mary" which was performed twice. The band was very primitive at this time and used hockey sticks as mic stands. After performing one set, Michael Jackson's Thriller album was put on by a partygoer to drown out the band. The band wouldn't return to play but were still paid for the performance. While at the University of Vermont, Anastasio hosted an early morning radio program, Ambient Alarm Clock.
Anastasio was eventually suspended from college for an entire semester after he broke into the science building and stole a human hand and a goat's heart. He sent it to his friend as a prank with a note that said "I've got to hand it to you, you've got heart." During his suspension, Anastasio attended classes at Mercer County Community College while living at home and while there met up with old friend Tom Marshall. Also attending Mercer was Marc Daubert who would officially join Phish as percussionist from September 1984 to February 1985. After seeing a Phish show, pianist Page McConnell joined Phish in the autumn of 1985. Anastasio, along with Jon Fishman, transferred to Goddard College, which he attended from fall of 1986 to spring of 1988.
During this time Anastasio also began a lifelong association with composer Ernie Stires, who taught him techniques for composition and arranging. While at Goddard, Anastasio assembled the song cycle The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday as his senior project. These songs would become mainstays of the Phish catalog. Anastasio graduated from Goddard in 1988 with a music degree.
Anastasio married Susan Eliza Statesir on August 13, 1994, and fathered two daughters, Eliza Jean and Isabella. The family resides in New York, New York and Richmond, Vermont.
After the break-up of Phish in 2004, Anastasio has continued to tour periodically, both fronting his own band and also a 2006 collaboration with Phish bassist Mike Gordon and the New York City jazz/post-rock group, the Benevento/Russo Duo.
At 3:30 AM on December 15, 2006, Anastasio was stopped by a Whitehall, NY patrolman for failure to keep right. He was summarily arrested for a DWI-drugs, driving with a suspended license, and possessing prescription drugs in Whitehall, NY. The drugs included Heroin and the prescription drugs Hydrocodone, Xanax, and Percocet, which were prescribed to someone else. He was released under the custody of a friend and the court date for these charges was set for January 10, 2007, at Whitehall Village Court. If convicted, he could have faced up to a year in jail. A grand jury later handed Anastasio three felony charges on February 28th, 2007, to which he plead not guilty. On April 13th 2007, Anastasio pleaded guilty to a felony drug charge as part of an agreement to avoid jail time. Instead he will spend 12 to 15 months in part of a drug court program, be subject to random drug tests and perform community service.
On July 24 2007, Anastasio released his new album The Horseshoe Curve via his own Rubber Jungle Records on both CD and limited pressing vinyl. Instrumental from start to finish, The Horseshoe Curve showcases Anastasio's Afro-Cuban-influenced improvisations, replete with five-part horn arrangements, tight breaks, multiple percussionists, and Anastasio's guitar work. The album is exploration of the big band funk that Anastasio has been steeped in for the larger part of the decade.
On August 14th, Anastasio made a surprise guest appearance in Saratoga Springs, New York during Dave Matthews Band's perfomance at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. He sat in and jammed with the band during "Lie In Our Graves."