Loren & Mark

Loren Barrigar

LorenBLoren 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.


With Mark Mazengarb – http://www.lorenandmark.com/

Mark Mazengarb

Mark Mazengarb (from New Zealand) began his formal musical training in Wellington NZ where he completed his Bachelor of Music Degree through the Conservatorium of Music, majoring in classical guitar (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 finger-style 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. 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, the USA, and Europe.

Currently Mark has a busy performance schedule throughout the USA where he performs full time with Loren Barrigar. He has been involved with several major recording projects since his debut album “Acoustic Affair” came out in 2009. Mark has also recorded albums with New Zealand based groups “Beyondsemble” and “Fiddlelore”.​