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 November 8th, 2014

Enigmatica’s new CD is out!

enig coverEnigmatica is proud to announce the release of their 3rd CD: Enigmatica 3 – New American Music for Mandolin Ensemble. Recorded live-in-livingroom (Marilynn’s) in several sessions earlier this year, the CD features music by friends– Jim Dalton, Will Ayton, Radim Zenkl and more– and composers who play in the group– Catherine Hawkes, Robert N. Martel, and Marilynn.

The first CD release is planned for Sunday November 9th @ 3:00 PM at the Bay Springs Community Center in Barrington RI. You can buy or download the CD right now on CDBaby.

Posted November 8th, 2014

December 1-3: CD Baby will ship Enigmatica CDs for 1¢

Starting December 1, 2014 (Cyber Monday), and running for 3 days, CD Baby will take the hit on shipping costs to encourage music fans to buy more Enigmatica CDs from CD Baby. It doesn’t matter if you order 1 CD or 100, standard shipping – domestic AND international – will be 1¢ TOTAL. And of course, you’ll get them in time for the holidays.

Here’s the link to Enigmatica’s CD Baby page. Enjoy your savings!

Posted November 8th, 2014

SummerKeys 2015 ~ July 6-10 in Lubec, Maine.

SKeys SummerKeys! Mandolin and Guitar in Ensemble week 2014 was big fun! We played Piazzolla, Bach, Pixinguinha, and two movements from Handel’s water Music in ensemble rehearsals and performance, and many more tunes in unofficial jam sessions. Missed out? Sign up for 2015. Read More »

Posted September 20th, 2014

Marilynn in London ~August 2014

mmBRASAMarilynn finished out her summer presenting a paper at the Brazilian Studies Association congress, held this year in London. Her paper, “The French Connection – from Chopin to Choro and Back Again” was part of a panel on Tracking Influence in Brazilian Music. There were over 800 participants in London for the 4-day event, making this the largest Brazilian studies conference ever held outside Brazil.

Posted September 20th, 2014

Of Note

Marilynn & Enigmatica on YouTube

Enig3Several videos from the 2013 concert at SummerKeys have been posted on YouTube, featuring duets of Marilynn, Bob, and Charlie, and the whole ensemble– enjoy! You can search “Enigmatica mandolin” on YouTube to find them or link directly below: Read More »

Posted December 30th, 2013

Of Note

Interview with Marilynn, December 2013

5. mmBandaoSue 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

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. There’s also 3 concert links in the Enigmatica post above. Fun to see what’s out there…

Posted January 29th, 2013

Reviews for Brazilian Choro book

The Mandolin Journal, magazine of the Classical Mandolin Society of America, has published a review of Marilynn and Paulo Sa’s method book for Brazilian Choro, that concludes: “For those of us in North America who have no access to this music in its native environment it provides the next best thing to being there…. Highly recommended. And Fernando Duarte’s webpage Bandolim.net writes: Read More »

Posted September 12th, 2011

Two reviews for Meu Bandolim…

Mandolin Magazine has a great review for Meu Bandolim, praising its  “varied approaches to… choro music– some lightning quick and others languid and sultry, but all popping and simmering with energy and passion… the pulsing embodiment of life as music in all its glory. Highly recommended.” (Hermon Joyner, Mandolin Magazine). Add that to, “to my ears, one of her finest recordings.” (John Goodin, The Mandolin Journal) and you have more reasons to check out what Marilynn has been doing in Rio for the past few years, right here!

Posted November 5th, 2010
  • “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)