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Somewhere beyond or behind all musical borders lies a creative terrain where bluegrass, jazz, Latin, classical, pop, and other various world musics mingle, played by musicians who care more for inspiration than they do for genre. This is the musical place that Wayne Fugate calls home.
Wayne is one of the New York area's most versatile acoustic musicians. Accomplished in many musical genres, he is able to swing gracefully from jazz to classical to bluegrass to jazz and Latin styles. His playing combines emotion and intellect with technical precision. Wayne puts his own imaginative stamp on everything he plays, yet the respect he has for tradition is readily apparent in his playing.
He has performed with a variety of duos, trios and bands in venues ranging from coffee houses to major concert and festival stages. His performance credits include work as a co-soloist with Barry Mitterhoff at New York's Weill Recital Hall and at Carnegie Hall as a member of "The Clef Club" orchestra under the direction of Maurice Peress. This concert enjoyed a sold out performance and was later broadcast on National Public Radio with narration provided by Wynton Marsalis.
Wayne has performed with some of the top acoustic string instrumentalists in the country including Tony Trischka, Hazel Dickens, Walt Michael & Co, Joe Walsh, Matt Glaser, Jay Ungar and Winfield guitar champion, Mark Cosgrove. Wayne is a former member of The New York Mandolin Orchestra ... an orchestra comprised solely of mandolin family instruments with an 80-year plus tradition of performing classical music.
Make your next event stand out by offering your guests or patrons music that is unique in character and style, performed by a musician at the top of his game! Critics and fans alike seem to appreciate Wayne's performances for their humor, warmth, and mercurial dazzle. His various ensembles are polished, never less than musically captivating and directly involve the audience in the thrill of musical discovery.