Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb will play the Earlville Opera House Main Stage at 8 p.m. Saturday. Their live performances feature not only their technical grasp of the guitar, but also their musicality and ability to be spontaneously creative, presenters said in a media release. 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.
The duo’s varied repertoire of original and arranged music consists of guitar duets as well as songs. Their guitar techniques combine bluegrass, jazz and country with thumb-picking techniques pioneered by guitar greats Merle Travis, Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed, and their songs feature Barrigar’s vocals and harmonies from Mazengarb.
Songwriter and guitarist Barrigar lives in central New York. He started his musical career at an early age and at 6 played in front of thousands at the Grand Ole Opry. His work has appeared on shows such as “ER” and “The Young and the Restless.” In 2009 he won a SAMMY Award for Best Country CD.
New Zealand-born Mazengarb holds a music degree from NZ’s Wellington Conservatorium of Music where he focused on classical performance. He later discovered the world of bluegrass.
The duo has toured extensively in the U.S. and in Europe. They won the SAMMY for Best Americana at the Syracuse Area Music Awards. They recorded their first self-titled album in 2011. Their most recent album “Onward” was released in August.
Tickets are $15, $13 EOH Members and $10 Student. Premium seating charges apply in the first four rows. The EOH Theater is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift.
For information or for reservations, call (315) 691-3550 or order at www.earlvilleoperahouse.com.