Author Archives: Marilynn

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Enigmatica at Blithewold ~ December 3 @ 3:00 PM

enigmatica1Enigmatica will be giving its annual holiday concert at Blithewold Mansion in Bristol RI. Seating is limited, and the concert is included with admission to the beautifully decorated house and gardens. You can reserve a seat at the Blithewold webpage.Read More »

Posted November 11th, 2016

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Marilynn & Luiz – One concert left– this week-end!

Slide1Marilynn and her longtime duo partner, Luiz Simas, piano, will be performing twice in the next few weeks.

Sunday, October 23 @ 2:00 on the campus of Roger Williams University, the Duo will give a concert to celebrate Marilynn’s transition form Professor of Music to fulltime musician, author, and composer. Marilynn has written 3 new choro that will have their premier performaces.

Saturday, November 5 @ 7:30 the Duo will perform as part of the Brazilian Music Foundation’s II Read More »

Posted October 31st, 2016


Enigmatica in concert ~ August 12

enigmatica1Enigmatica will perform in the Great Hall of the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls MA on Friday, August 12 @ 7:00 PM. See webpage for more information. The group will play a “pops” concert of sorts, with music from Brazil and Argentina, folk-inspired originals, and early 20th-century blues and two-steps from the great mandolin-orchestra heyday. Join us for a fun evening of music!… Read More »

Posted August 2nd, 2016


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.Read More »

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!Read More »

Posted June 5th, 2016


Cyber Monday all week!

IMG_6270 From today, November 30, until next Monday, December 7, if you buy any of my CDs for sale on this page and I’ll send you a copy of my vintage CD of winter carols, “The Sounding Joy,” for free. One free CD per order. No need to do anything but place your order this week. You can peruse your CD options here.

Have a wonderful holiday season!… Read More »

Posted November 30th, 2015

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Enigmatica @ Blithewold ~ December 3, 2016

enigmatica1 Start your holiday season with music! Come see Enigmatica’s popular annual holiday concert @ Blithewold Mansion on Saturday, December 3, 2016 @ 3:00. We’re playing music from our three CDs and seasonal music for Hanukkah, Christmas, and the New Year. You can get more information and make reservations here.Read More »

Posted November 30th, 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.… Read More »

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.

 … Read More »

Posted June 27th, 2015


Madrugada / Daybreak


In the process of transformation there comes a moment of fundamental change, when perspective alters and a new day begins. Drawing from the past while moving forward, renowned mandolinist Marilynn Mair weaves the disparate threads of her extraordinary musical career—from Beethoven to Gershwin, Pixinguinha to Piazolla, Scott Joplin to Jacob do Bandolim—into an original tapestry of rare and heartfelt beauty.

Listen:       Garoa - Marilynn Mair MP3jPLAYLISTS.inline_0 = [ { name: "Garoa", formats: ["mp3"], mp3: "aHR0cDovL3d3dy5tYXJpbHlubm1haXIuY29tL3dwLWNvbnRlbnQvdXBsb2Fkcy8yMDE1LzA0L0dhcm9hLm1wMw==", counterpart:"", artist: "Marilynn … Read More »

Posted April 23rd, 2015
  • "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)