Welcome to Marilynn’s webpage!

For nearly four decades Marilynn Mair has played music across the globe, released two dozen solo and ensemble recordings, published three 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 June 23rd, 2017

Marilynn’s new book is out!

Mel Bay has published their 3rd book by Marilynn!

The 100 – Techniques & Exercises for Mandolinists is a compendium of thought-provoking discoveries and theories developed over the course of her career. This is Marilynn’s most personal method book to date, and gives a look into the way professional musicians practice, work out repertoire, and develop the interpretive skills to bring their music to life.

Order one from Mel Bay! Or if you’re coming to AMGuSS in a couple of week, Marilynn will have a supply available there.

Posted June 23rd, 2017

AMGuSS is almost here! ~ June 26-30, 2017

3742180171_a43fa7619b_oMarilynn’s American Mandolin & Guitar Summer School returns! The pioneer of the American mandolin-guitar summer workshop scene comes roaring back to the campus of Roger Williams University, in Bristol RI.

UPDATE: The orchestra music for AMGuSS is ready for download as soon as you register. Parts for mandolins, mandola (in 3 different clefs), mandocello, and 6- and 7-string guitars.

AMGuSS ran every summer from 1986-2009 and the original format returns in 2017 with longtime faculty– Ralph Costanza, Bob Martel, Bob Sullivan– and with a new conductor, Catherine Hawkes. Click the link below for more information, and come join us for a great week of music! Pictured above, the class of 2009.

Concerts by Marilynn, Enigmtica, and you– in the American Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra. Hope to see you in June!

AMGuSS Program for 2017 (PDF)

Register Online

Posted June 23rd, 2017

Marilynn to play in Macao (China) in July

Marilynn will be playing with the Macao Orchestra in its season finale concert on July 29. She will be playing mandolin in the opera “Eine Florentinische Tragodie,” written by Alexander Zemlinsky, with a libretto by Oscar Wilde. Even with such a long and varied career, Marilynn can still find a new door to open.

Posted June 23rd, 2017

SummerKeys – a great week in Maine – July 10-14, 2017

SKeysMarilynn will once again be hosting her mandolin week in Lubec, Maine, July 10-14. Private instruction from Marilynn is the SummerKeys’ focus. If you love her “The Complete Mandolinist” method book, and have wished you could have access to Marilynn’s expertise in a private-lesson setting, please join us in 2017!

Registration is openBut there’s only one more place to fill!

Posted June 23rd, 2017

Enigmatica – check out the update!

Enigmatica has a new look and has increased from 8 to 9 players, adding a 7-string guitar. Check out the page update here!

 

Posted May 14th, 2017

“Sweet Harmonies from Little”

I’ve come across a great 21-page wonderfully illustrated article on the history of mandolin playing in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota, written by Amy Kreizer. I thank the Minnesota Historical Society, who hold the copyright, for giving me permission to share it with you here. Enjoy!

Posted January 18th, 2017

Of Note

They’re back– Marilynn’s Mel Bay “Mandolin Sessions”

bustommMarilynn wrote 6 articles for Mel Bay’s “Mandolin Session” before the online publication ceased, and though they are not still up on the Mel Bay webpage they were saved by the “Wayback Machine”. Each article is written about one of the exercises from her two method books, and each includes a pdf of the exercise, and an mp3 of Marilynn playing it. All 6 direct links work again, and are listed below– enjoy!

Integrating a Variety of Rhythms

Expressive Tremolo

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Posted January 12th, 2017

Books and CDs on Amazon

mmair1You can now buy all of Marilynn’s CDs and books on Amazon. They are listed by many sellers, including Marilynn’s own company, Uncommon Strings. Amazon ships worldwide so they are the convenient choice if you live outside the USA or Canada.

Click here for the CDs.

Click here for the books.

Posted June 28th, 2016

On YouTube with Luiz

mist08luiz16intenseLuiz Simas has posted a video of our duo playing at the Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham MA. We are performing his cool new composition “Baiao da Siriema”. Check it out!

Posted June 5th, 2016
  • "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)