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Brett Fugate

Artist's Biography



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Welcome to the marimba capital of the world!

Brett Fugate is a virtuoso, composer, sculptor, tuner, author, scientist, professor, inventor, and is also considered to be the first heavy metal marimbist/vibist. He plays specially tuned Musser instruments in the progressive metal band Idiom and freelances on tuned percussion instruments and drums. A large part of Musser's manufacturing processes and standard tunings were developed by him in La Grange, IL where he served 15 years as an artist in residence.

Currently, Fugate is completing the long awaited Idiom lp tentatively titled "The Latin Album." In a recent interview, Fugate is quoted as saying "the new album is much more disciplined than our previous efforts." This album features Fugate doing all of the percussion instruments (including drums and cymbals), bassist Michelle Akin, and guitarists Roberto Navarra and Alan Russell. The album features a Voivod cover (Missing Sequences) with a cameo appearance of long time Idiom bassist Ken Kaye and Todd Knife playing guitar.

Mr. Fugate not only has a deep passion for writing music, but also for written word. He is now working as an editor of a book about the Central Illinois Jazz Society founder Jon S. Doren. Another challenge he has undertaken is the writing of a marimba method book that will be ready for publication soon. In the same interview cited earlier, Fugate stated "I have identified a hole in the current marimba method literature available. I have developed a comprehensive study for advanced marimba players through my years of working out of method books and practicing rigourously."

Mr. Fugate is also interested in symphonic music. He has completed a xylophone concerto. Now he is in the process of finishing a concerto for electric guitar and orchestra.

Anyone who is interested in sequencing the genome for the rosewood and padauk trees should contact Fugate for collaborative efforts.

Mr. Fugate also works as a session/freelance composer/percussionist. To hire Mr. Fugate for your project contact him directly. He is also seeking other musicians to record and perform with Idiom.


Influences

...to continue to perfect the sculpture of sound...

...to continue to perfect the sepulture of sound...

...to continue to perfect the scripture of sound...

...to continue to perfect the settlement of sound...

...to continue to perfect the synchronicity of sound...

Appearances/Venues

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Discography

...Fugate Studio Recordings...

2013...Idiom...The Latin Album (unreleased)

Brett Fugate...Marimba, Vibraphone, Xylophone, Vocals, Drums
Michelle Akin...Bass, Cello
Roberto Navarra...Guitar
Fred Lenhoff...Violin
Carla Campopiano...Flute

Special Guests:
Ken Kaye...Bass
Todd Knife...Guitar
Alan Russell...Guitar

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2011...Akasha...(unreleased)

Brett Fugate...drums

2005...Idiom....The Principles of the Human Metronomy

Brett Fugate...Marimba, Vibraphone, Xylophone, Vocals, Trombone
Orville Kline...Guitars, Vocals
Dan Leonard...Violin, Vocals
Ken Kaye...Bass Guitar, Tubular Bells
Andy Mirs...Drums, Cymbals
Blakk...Guest Vocals
Hatice Fugate...Castanets

Principles of the Human Metronomy

2005...Java...Unreleased Album

Brett Fugate...Drums, Cymbals
Mike Lyon...Bass Guitar, Vocals
Ryan Logsdon...Guitar, Vocals
Alan Russell...Guitar, Vocals

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2003...Java...Trypticko

Brett Fugate...Drums, Cymbals
Mike Lyon...Bass Guitar, Vocals
Ryan Logsdon...Guitar, Vocals
Alan Russell...Guitar, Vocals
Paul Herzog...Guest Vocals
Corporate Death...Guest Guitar

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2002...Java...Magma

Brett Fugate...Drums, Cymbals
Mike Lyon...Bass Guitar, Vocals
Ryan Logsdon...Guitar, Vocals
Alan Russell...Guitar, Vocals
Paul Herzog...Guest Vocals
Corporate Death...Guest Guitar

Magma

2002...Idiom....Kaptain Ken and the Broken Node Tuning Machine

Brett Fugate...Marimba, Vibraphone, Xylophone, Vocals, Free Floating Drumset, Cymbals
Ken Kaye...Bass Guitar
Alan Russell...Eclectic Guitar
Andy Mirs...Drums, Cymbals
Aaron Krafthefer...Guest Vocals
Mike Downing...Timpani, Free Floating Drums

Kaptain Ken

2001...Java...The Ethereal Android

Brett Fugate...Drums, Cymbals
Mike Lyon...Bass Guitar, Vocals
Ryan Logsdon...Guitar, Vocals
Alan Russell...Guitar, Vocals

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1998...Idiom....Idiom

Brett Fugate...Marimba, Vibraphone, Xylophone, Drums, Cymbals, Vocals, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Trombone, Steel Drum
Peggy Weiss...Violin
Cassie Smith...Soprano Sax
Lisa Leathers...Guest Vocals
Jerry Devore...Contrabass

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1996...Altered Existence...To Darkened Depths of Imagination

Brett Fugate...Drums, Cymbals, Vocals
Mark Ellsworth...Bass Guitar, Vocals
Joey McCoy...Guitar, Vocals

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1995...Molotov...Unreleased Album

Brett Fugate...Drums, Cymbals
Butch Branson...Guitar
Jeff Bachman...Bass Guitar
Blakk...Guest Vocals

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1994...Insomnia...Time Wounds All Heels

Brett Fugate...Drums, Cymbals
Stevo St. Vitus...Vocals
Neil Hardesty...Guitar
Shayson V. Clay...Guitar
Nick Murray...Bass Guitar

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1993...Church of Misery...Unreleased Album

Brett Fugate...Drums, Cymbals
Stevo...Guitar, Vocals
Neil Hardesty...Guitar
Tom Kirk...Bass Guitar

Church of Misery

1993...Church of Misery...Live by Candlelight

Brett Fugate...Drums, Cymbals
Stevo...Guitar, Vocals
Neil Hardesty...Guitar
Tom Kirk...Bass Guitar

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1992...Molotov...Live Demo

Brett Fugate...Drums, Cymbals
Butch Branson...Guitar
Brad Singer...Bass Guitar

Molotov demo

1992...Church of Misery...Sorrows of the Moon

Brett Fugate...Drums, Cymbals
Stevo...Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Cymbals, Vocals
Neil Hardesty, Guitar

Sorrows of the Moon

1992...Angelkill...Garden of Crosses

Brett Fugate...Drums, Cymbals
Blakk...Vocals
Mike Kore...Guitar
Steve Swyers...Guitar
Norm Sales...Bass Guitar

Garden of Crosses

1991...Coma...Cryogenic Torments

Brett Fugate...Drums, Cymbals, Vocals
Jeff Bachman...Bass Guitar, Vocals
Chad Prince...Guitar
Joey McCoy...Guitar, Vocals

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1990...Terata...Mourning Glory

Brett Fugate...Drums, Cymbals, Vocals
Curt Piethman...Guitar, Vocals
Paul Gentile...Guitar, Vocals
Norm Sales...Bass Guitar

Mourning Glory

1989...Necropolis...Sonic Nuissance

Brett Fugate...Drums, Cymbals, Vocals
Jeff Bachman...Bass Guitar, Vocals
Chad Prince...Guitar
Joey McCoy...Guitar, Vocals

Necropolis sonic nuissance

...More Fugate bands...

Ginger Dandy
Akashah
Serpent Bearer
The Casey Jones Express
HeXaH
The Musser Quartet
Macomedy
Evil Incarnate
Leviathan
Mortuary Oath
Impetigo
Arsonick Scum
The Lake Shore Symphony Orchestra
Petting Zoo
The Neil Hardesty Experience/Orchestra
Redrum
The ICC Jazz Band
ICC Philharmonic Chorale
Michael E. Miller
The Kyle Campbell Band
Exoskeleton
Spawn
Joe Fro and the Tune Ups
First Jason

...Honorary Membership...

2001...Forgotten Silence

...Musical Theatre...

2006...Godspell
2003...Aspects of Love

...Movies...

2012...Talking Sticks

2004...Sociological Perception of Hybrid Music (A Documentary of Marimbas)

2001...Gentle Dentle

...Compilations...

2000...Chruch of the Devil...A King Diamond Tribute

Church of the Devil

1998...Concrete and Cornfields 2

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1998...Concrete and Cornfields 1

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...Books...

1996...Drumset: The Owner's Manual


Links

DNA Sequence
Encyclopaedia Metallum
CD Baby
Chicago State University

Contact Information

E-mail Address: idiobrett@hotmail.com
Website:
Fugate Drums

The Idiom Festspiel Haus

The Idiom Facebook Page
The Harmonic Mover Front
Brett Fugate's youtube Channel
Idiom on Encyclopaedia Metallum
The Musser Quartet Myspace Page
Idiom on CD Baby

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