Welcome to Marilynn’s webpage!

For more than three decades Marilynn Mair has played music across the globe, recorded over a dozen solo CDs, published two method books, written countless columns, and taught as a Professor of Music at Roger Williams University. She has dedicated herself to establishing the mandolin as an instrument of importance, for her lifetime and the future. Learn from her journey here. para portugues… Read More »

Posted April 26th, 2014

Celebrating Will Ayton

rwuwillhsSunday April 27 @ 2:00 PM Marilynn, Enigmatica, and almost 50 musicians will gather on campus for a gala concert and reception honoring the long teaching career of retiring Professor of Music, and composer extraordinaire, Will Ayton. Download the poster with all the info here: ayton5.

Posted April 26th, 2014

SummerKeys 2014 – July 7-11

SKeys It’s almost time for SummerKeys! Mandolin and Guitar in Ensemble weeks will run from July 7-11 this year. You week will include daily private lessons, daily rehearsals with the student-faculty ensemble, concerts to attend, and your performance on Friday. For more information, and to register for either week, visit the SummerKeys webpage and click on the mandolin link.

Posted April 26th, 2014

Of Note

Marilynn & Enigmatica on YouTube

Enig3Several videos from a concert last July in Lubec at SummerKeys have been posted on YouTube by Enigmatica colleague Fran Rivkin. Duets and the whole ensemble– enjoy! You can just put Fran’s name into YouTube to find them or link directly: Read More »

Posted December 30th, 2013

Of Note

Interview with Marilynn, December 2013

mmair1Sue Wagner interviewed Marilynn for GoLocalProvidence in December, just before she returned from Rio, on playing mandolin and her life as a musician. A link to the article.

Older interviews also online– here’s one.

Posted December 19th, 2013

Rio, September – December, 2013

MomentoMarilynn returned mid-December from a month in Rio, writing and playing music, and moving her research ahead as part of her autumn sabbatical. This was her second trip to Brazil this fall. She performed in the Momento Rio Bandolim 2013 festival in September, stayed into October, and returned in November. Always a time of musical renewal, this fall has produced several new pieces that will be part of Marilynn’s CD of original music set for release in 2014.

Posted December 12th, 2013

SummerKeys 2014 – Register Now!

SKstudent concertCome join us  July 7 – 11, 2014 for the Mandolin & Guitar Ensemble Week at SummerKeys. We are the only mandolin or guitar summer school that combines daily private lessons with workshops and a directed all-school ensemble. Information on “Mandolin in Ensemble Week,” with Marilynn and Ralph Costanza, and “Guitar in Ensemble Week,” with Robert N. Martel, is available here. Read More »

Posted December 1st, 2013

Leone, Fouchetti, Denis, Branzoli, Odell

leone01-1If you missed buying the Minkoff edition of the first three 18th-century mandolin methods, or would like a copy of Branzoli’s 19th-century method, or Odell’s quintessential early 20th century mandolin method, you are in luck. Out of print and in the public domain, they are now available as downloads for a very reasonable price, along with other music for mandolin and guitar, from Michael Reichenbach.

Posted August 31st, 2013

Inspiration from Rio

mm_bandolim2Marilynn has started work on a new recording of Brazilian music to be released in 2014. The CD features 6 of her new “hybrid choro,” written in Rio in 2012. The tunes draw inspiration from the sources of Marilynn’s musical styles– classical, jazz, and Choro, and end up in a place that only she could get to. Imagine a bossa nova based on Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, or a Brazilian take on George Gershwin’s “Summertime”. Read More »

Posted January 29th, 2013

Marilynn online

DSC00735Want to see Marilynn playing with Agua no Feijao in the studio in Rio? Hear Marilynn answer questions from her students on her life as a mandolinist? Or see her playing live in a roda in Rio? Adding, a solo impromptu of her Isso. Fun to see what’s out there…

Posted January 29th, 2013
  • “Smudging the lines between folk and classical is an intrepid endeavor… Mair’s a superb mandolin player who has brought the instrument to unexpected places…”

    - Jim Macnie, The Providence Phoenix (USA)

    “Marilynn Mair has always had the keen ability to balance classical mandolin traditions and repertoire, while constantly breaking new musical ground…a superb and versatile mandolinist and composer.”

    - – Butch Baldassari, Mandolin Magazine (USA)

    “Mair travels by mandolin to Brazil and brilliance… her commitment to the music shines through.”

    - Rick Massimo, The Providence Journal

    “Stepping back to the 18th-century masterworks gave her the opportunity to highlight her technique with a fresh light… her playing is thoughtful, vibrant and a delight to listen to.”

    – Terence Pender, Mandolin Quarterly (USA)

    “She’s a fabulous player with a wonderfully clear and lyrical sound.”

    – The Ottawa Citizen (Canada)

    “Mair displays an exceptionally gifted approach to this music, using her formidable mandolin technique with grace and sensitivity… It’s the next best thing to a trip to Rio.”

    – David McCarty, Mandolin Magazine (USA)

    “Marilynn Mair performs Brazilian mandolin music… she plays the mandolin as an instrument for all occasions.”
    – Vaughn Watson, The Providence Journal (USA)

    Bring a talented ensemble of gifted musicians together playing some of the great concertos and chamber music pieces of the 1700s, present the extraordinary classical mandolinist Marilynn Mair front and center, and you have a rare combination of the right musicians performing the right music at the right time.

    – David McCarty, Mandolin Magazine (USA)

    “Marilynn Mair é uma bandolinista americana de formação erudita”

    – Paulo Eduardo Neves, Agenda do Samba Choro (Brasil)

    “Mair is unstoppable… capable of evoking any landscape, past or present, you’d care to conjure.”

    – Mike Caito, Providence Phoenix (USA)

    Marilynn Mair on mandolin…touches the deepest and most engaging reaches of the ancient and passionate ‘Latin soul’.

    - Carlos Agudelo, Billboard Magazine

    “A lovely concert! We estimate your spell-bound and enthusiastic audience at close to 1800 people…”

    - Lincoln Center Out-Of-Doors (USA)

    “The final repeat of the melody transmitted a strong feeling of peace and tenderness that escaped no one in the audience. It is this sensitivity and subtleness that characterized the overall performance.”

    - Brian Hodel, Guitar Review (USA)

    “A brilliant concert from beginning to end…The performance was extraordinary.”
    – La Rioja (Spain)

    “A sparkling concert… absolutely brilliant!”

    – Guitar Magazine (England)

    “Marilynn Mair acquits herself very well indeed, a most accomplished player, able to deal with the many intricacies the repertoire demands of her.”

    - Chris Kilvington, Classical Guitar (England)

    “Marilynn Mair lives up to her reputation as an excellent mandolinist, with clear tone, a beautiful tremolo, and creative expressiveness.”

    – Zupfmusik Magazin (Germany)