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Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb

April 13, 2012

Central New York acoustic guitar standout Loren Barrigar and New Zealand star Mark Mazengarb were instantly aware of the musical magic that was created the first time they played guitar together. Barrigar and Mazengarb share a unique musical chemistry seldom found among musicians. Their live performances feature not only their spectacular technical grasp of the guitar, but also their outstanding musicality and ability to be spontaneously creative. The interaction between the two musicians is as much a feature of their shows as is the world-class guitar playing that they both display. Loren and Mark first met in 2005 when they spent a few days working with the great Tommy Emmanuel at Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch guitar camp. Mark was a college kid, just completing his degree in classical guitar at the University of North Carolina; Loren was already a seasoned performer, but it was his first serious look at acoustic guitar. After the workshop, Mark visited Loren and they spent some time picking guitar – and picking each other’s brains. In 2008 they met again in Nashville at the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society (CAAS) convention, an international gathering of hundreds of guitarists. That set the stage for the 2010 CAAS convention where they were on the schedule of performers. Though they were not originally listed to play on the big Saturday night finale, they were added to the show due to popular demand from those who heard them throughout the week. It is difficult to classify the genre of music Barrigar and Mazengarb perform; they simply describe it as ‘fingerstyle guitar’. Their varied repertoire consists of stunning guitar duets as well as songs (they both sing) which gives them a wide appeal. The music is influenced by Bluegrass, Jazz, and Country, and their style of guitar playing is largely built upon the thumb-picking techniques pioneered by guitar greats Merle Travis, Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed. Barrigar and Mazengarb recorded their first album together this year in the summer of 2011, and were invited to perform as headline guests at the CAAS convention in July of 2011 in Nashville. The Pair are hoping to begin touring the USA in 2012 once Mark has gained his work visa, as well as a short European tour after a performance at the "Cordes Sensibles" festival in Bordeaux, France, in March 2012. The duo won the 2011 SAMMY (Syracuse Area Music Awards) for Best Album at the Northeast Music Industry Conference. A tour of France is being scheduled for early 2012.

Loren Barrigar started playing guitar when he was only four years old, and by the time he was six, he played the Chet Atkins hit “Yackety Axe” in front of thousands of country music fans at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. He went on to study with Jimmy Atkins (Chet’s brother), which led to a touring career with his family band from Nashville to Las Vegas. Since settling in Central New York, he has been in constant demand as a studio musician and recently produced and played on the #1 rated CD in Syracuse, Dusty Pas’cal’s “Home” (2007). His finely-honed songwriting skills have launched his melodies on NBC’s hit show “ER”, The Young and the Restless, and on a Christmas CD with BB King and Patti Labelle. He has recently performed with some of the best acoustic players in the world including Steven Bennett, Richard Smith, John Knowles, Muriel Anderson, and Loren’s friend and mentor Tommy Emmanuel, the Australian guitar sensation. He has also recorded with Multiple Grammy winner and legendary producer Lloyd Maines. For the last few years, Loren has been working on finger style guitar. His 2008 album “Dance with Me” is a result of that work, and it received a Syracuse Area Music Award for Best Country Album of 2009. He has been touring in support of his latest CD "Chillaxin" {2009] His solo concerts include favorite songs from 7 decades as well as his own original songs, all featuring exciting guitar work and memorable vocal stylings.

Mark Mazengarb is a professional musician and guitarist currently based in Auckland, New Zealand. After finishing high school in 2002, Mark moved to Wellington to complete his Bachelor of Music Degree through the Wellington Conservatorium of Music, majoring in classical performance. In his final year, Mark undertook an exchange to the University of North Carolina where he discovered the world of Bluegrass and the music of guitar greats Chet Atkins, Merle Travis and Jerry Reed. Since then he has become hooked on fingerstyle guitar playing, and has also become a highly accomplished jazz, folk and bluegrass musician. Since graduating from University in 2006, Mark has visited the USA several times where he has learned from a variety of esteemed guitarists including Tommy Emmanuel and John Knowles. At the Auckland Folk Festival in 2008, he was the recipient of the Frank-Winter memorial Award, given to aspiring young musicians with clear musical goals. In 2010 Mark was invited with Loren Barrigar to perform as a guest artist at the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society's annual convention in Nashville, Tennessee. Mark has toured extensively throughout New Zealand, has performed in Australia and Europe, and plans to begin touring in the USA in 2012. Currently Mark has a busy performance schedule throughout New Zealand where he performs in several bands and also as a soloist. He has finished several major recording projects since his debut album "Acoustic Affair" came out in 2009. Recently Mark has recorded a new album with the band "Beyondsemble" and also one with the band "Fiddlelore". His latest project has been the completion of his album with Loren Barrigar. www.markmazengarb.com

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