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Wayne Fugate

One of the New York area's most versatile acoustic musicians, Wayne’s playing combines emotion and intellect with technical precision. Accomplished in many musical genres, he is able to swing gracefully from jazz to classical to bluegrass to jazz and Latin styles. Wayne puts his own imaginative and adventurous stamp on everything he plays, yet the respect he has for tradition is readily apparent in his playing.  

Wayne has performed with some of the top acoustic string instrumentalists in the country including Tony Trischka, Hazel Dickens, Walt Michael & Co, Jay Ungar and Winfield guitar champion, Mark Cosgrove. Wayne is also 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.   

In 1976 Wayne met mandolin virtuoso Barry Mitterhoff and studied extensively with him for many years. He further developed his technique under the tutelage of mandolin wizard, Mike Marshall. 

With “Out to Lunch” Wayne has established himself not only as an instrumentalist but as a composer too, contributing several original compositions to the band’s self-titled CD. In addition to Out To Lunch's  CD, Wayne's recording credits include contributions to banjo wizard Ben Freed's critically acclaimed CD's "Suite For Bluegrass Banjo", "Speed Of Sound" and "Sugar Tree Stomp". He can also be heard with Klezmatics violinist Lisa Gutkin's on her beautiful solo CD "Sidewalk Angel". His contributions also appear on recordings by folksinger / songwriter Dean Friedman's "Songs for Grownups", multi-instrumentalist Bob Green's "Bluegrass & Other Traditional Music", banjoist Tom Hanway's "Bucket of Bees", Wretched Refuse String Band's self titled CD and others. Most recently, his music was featured as part of the soundtrack to the indie film “Home” starring Woody Allen and Liam Neeson.  

As an educator, Wayne teaches mandolin to a group of private students and has led clinics and workshops on mandolin technique and music theory. He is the author of the book  "Mastering Mandolin", an instructional book aimed at helping advanced mandolin players to better understand and put into practice sophisticated harmonic, melodic and rhythmic concepts and techniques. This book was released by Alfred Publishing and drew critical praise from no less an authority than Mike Marshall:  

"Wayne has created a very clear picture here for mandolin playing in a variety of styles. Thank you for a well thought out book that answers many questions we all ponder daily. Now let's all get busy!!" ... Mike Marshall 

He is also the co-author, along with Barry Mitterhoff and Michael Sassano, of "Twelve Tunes From Three Fellas", a book of (mostly) original compositions. 

When not performing with “Out to Lunch”, Wayne fills out a busy schedule performing with his own progressive bluegrass band “The Wire Choir”, with the Gypsy jazz band "New Metropolitan Hot Club", with guitarist Kevin Ege in an exploration of Brazilian Choro and other world music and with fiddle phenom Rachel Handman in the trio "Then There Were Three". He is also in demand as a freelancer performing in a wide variety of musical contexts in and around the NY area.  

Wayne has performed on television and radio and in a variety of venues ranging from coffee houses to major festival stages. He has performed 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, a highly complimentary review in the New York Times and was later broadcast on National Public Radio with narration provided by Wynton Marsalis. 

Believing that the musical 'path forward' is one that never ends, Wayne refines his skills by continuing his studies with several prominent instructors and by attending various professional workshops and educational programs including and annual pilgrimage to Berklee College of Music's "Summer String Fling" program. His goal is to continually explore music and evolve as a musician.

Wayne is featured on mandolin, mandola, guitar, vocals and hammered dulcimer with Out To Lunch.


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