SARANAC LAKE - Live at BluStage Concert Series presents international guitar duo Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at BluSeed Studios.
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 western, 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 the summer of 2011 which won a SAMMY (Syracuse Area Music Awards) for Best Album at the Northeast Music Industry Conference. The pair will be touring the USA throughout 2012 as well as a short European tour after a performance at the "Cordes Sensibles" festival in Bordeaux, France, in March 2012. They have recently completed the recording of their brand new album "Onward" which is due to be released in August 2012.
Ticket are $14 for general admission and $12 for BluSeed members. Call 518-891-3799 for reservations.