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MP3s

Meu Bandolim – Luiz Simas

Performed in concert by Marilynn Mair, bandolim; Luiz Simas, piano
@ Sala Cecelia Mireles, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Luiz is a fabulous pianist and composer, and our Duo is a delight to us both. He wrote this piece for Read More »

Posted October 1st, 2010

MP3s

Goldberg Variation 1 – J. S. Bach

Marilynn Mair, mandolin; Adam Larrabee, mandocello
recorded in concert, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH
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Posted September 2nd, 2010

MP3s

East of Here – Marilynn Mair (arr. Mitch Nelin)

New England Mandolin Ensemble
recorded in concert, January 5, 2007, Peterborough, Vermont
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NEME was so much fun! We played together for a couple of years, a mix of jazz, world, and some classical music. I got a
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Posted September 1st, 2010

MP3s

Suite Galante – Hermann Ambrosius

Performed by Marilynn Mair, mandolin; Stephen Rollins, guitar
Recorded in concert, March 9, 2002, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Steve is an excellent guitarist who I played with in Ottawa a number of times.  This piece is a longtime favorite, first recorded on
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Posted August 31st, 2010

MP3s

Fantasia – Will Ayton

Performed by Enigmatica
Recorded in concert, June 21, 2005, AMGuSS
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Enigmatica did go on to record this piece on their 2nd CD, but this was its debut performance and I think shows the beauty and power of Read More »

Posted August 30th, 2010

MP3s

Wedding Hoedown (for Suzanne) – Marilynn Mair

Performed by Marilynn Mair, mandolin; Alex Wohlhueter, electric bass
Performed in the Three Dances 3rd Birthday Show in Minneapolis MN, March 4, 2004
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This is the last movement of “3-4-3,” a piece I wrote for Three Dances.
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Posted August 20th, 2010

MP3s

Tootsie Roll – Marilynn Mair

Performed by Clean & Friendly, with Linda Neves, lead vocal, backed by Marilynn Mair, Brinsley Davis, Ellen Santaniello, Nate Davis, Jeremy Woodward, and Mark Davis.
Recorded live at AS220, Providence RI, on Mother’s Day, 1996
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This family-&-friends rock band Read More »

Posted August 15th, 2010

CDs

Sip a Little New

Recorded by New England Mandolin Ensemble, 2007

Marilynn plays mandolin & mandola.
This disc includes jazz, classical, and traditional folk music sounds, and features both intricately-composed and improvised music for four mandolin-family instruments.

Listen to NEME’s recording of her composition “      East of Here MP3jPLAYLISTS.inline_7 = [ { name: "East of Here", formats: ["mp3"], mp3: "Ly4uL3dwLWNvbnRlbnQvdXBsb2Fkcy8yMDEwLzA3L0Vhc3Rfb2ZfSGVyZS5tcDM=", counterpart:"", artist: "", image: "", imgurl: "" } ]; MP3jPLAYERS[7] = { list: MP3jPLAYLISTS.inline_7, tr:0, type:'single', lstate:'', loop:false, play_txt:'     ', pause_txt:'     ', pp_title:'', autoplay:false, … Read More »

Posted October 10th, 1970

CDs

New England Yuletide

The Christmastide Musicians, 2005

Enigmatica
and Mair & Larrabee are included in this CD of instrumental carols for the holiday season.

Buy it here!Read More »

Posted October 10th, 1969

CDs

Joyful Tidings

Mair-Davis Duo & Friends, 1997

The Mair-Davis Duo in original arrangements of traditional carols, recorded with string quartet & recorder.

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Posted October 10th, 1968
  • "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)