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 July 18th, 2015

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

7.10.15SummerKeys Mandolin and Guitar in Ensemble week 2015 concluded with a performance of Baroque, Brazilian, and traditional music by the Student/Faculty Ensemble. Fabulous music was produced and a wonderful week was had by all. Check back in the fall for plans for 2016.

Posted July 17th, 2015

Madrugada now available everywhere

SO90311223 coverHooray– the long-awaited CDs have arrived and are available for sale on this page, CDBaby, Amazon, and other astute venues.

Buy a CD directly from Marilynn on this page, or download mp3s from CDBaby right now! International fans can buy a CD from Elderly Instruments or Amazon.

 

Posted June 27th, 2015

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 27th, 2015

Enigmatica 3 – New American musicians & composers

enig coverEnigmatica is proud to announce the release of their 3rd CD: Enigmatica 3 – New American Music for Mandolin EnsembleRecorded live-in-livingroom (Marilynn’s) earlier this year, the CD features music by friends– Read More »

Posted January 7th, 2015

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 January 5th, 2015

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

Interview with Marilynn

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
  • “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)