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March Mandolins!

me-328On Sunday, March 29th, Marilynn will present a double-barreled concert at Roger Williams University. The first half will feature a Rio-style “roda da choro,” of traditional Brazilian music; the second half will be a release for her new CD: Madrugada (Daybreak), with Luiz Simas, piano; Catherine Hawkes, flute; Adam Bahrami, cavaquinho & pandeiro;and Paul Dressel, guitar.… Read More »

Posted February 10th, 2015

News

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

Of Note

Back to Rio

R's bday & Sta teresa roda 016What’s better than a couple of weeks in Rio’s summer this time of year! Marilynn will be playing in rodas, researching new tunes, writing some herself, and enjoying all the music the city has to offer. You can get read updates & see photos on her personal blog Celebrating a Year.Read More »

Posted December 27th, 2014

Of Note

Joy for all!

cdjoyAnd Marilynn’s Holiday CD special… Buy any of MM’s solo CDs and get a copy of the perennial holiday favorite “The Sounding Joy” for free. Just write FREEJOY in the comment section of your order. Limit of 1 free CD per order. Offer runs until December 21st.… Read More »

Posted December 7th, 2014

Of Note

Enigmatica @ Blithewold 12/21

enigmatica1Your favorite plucked-string octet will be playing @ Blithewold on December 21st. Click the concert link in the right hand column for time and directions or go here. Enigmatica’s CD special will be honored in person at the gig. And you can get it signed!… Read More »

Posted December 7th, 2014

Of Note

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!… Read More »

Posted November 8th, 2014

CDs

Enigmatica 3 – New American Music for Mandolin Ensemble

Enigmatica 3 coverEnigmatica celebrates its 15th year of innovative, highly acclaimed music-making with the release of its third CD, New American Music for Mandolin Ensemble. Most of these pieces are recorded here for the first time and many were written for Enigmatica. They reflect a mixture of folk, classical, Celtic, and Brazilian influences that are beautiful, accessible, and timeless. This CD embodies an American spirit and, recorded live-in-studio, showcases Enigmatica’s musicianship and mastery. Under the artistic direction of Marilynn Mair, one … Read More »

Posted November 8th, 2014

Of Note

Marilynn & Luiz – Together Again, one show only.

Luiz+MMairMarilynn wlll be joining Luiz Simas for a concert on Sunday, September 28 at 5:00 PM at the Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham MA. The duo will perform Brazilian Choro and their original Brazilian-style compositions. … Read More »

Posted September 20th, 2014

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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.… Read More »

Posted September 20th, 2014

Of Note

Enigmatica has a new CD coming – October 2014.

enigmatica1Enigmatica has a new CD! ENIGMATICA3 – New American Music for Mandolin Ensemble. The disc marks Enigmatica’s 15th anniversary, and features music from band members Catherine Hawkes, Robert N. Martel, and Marilynn, and works written by Will Ayton, Jim Dalton, Radim Zenkl, and Evelyn Tiffany-Castiglione.… Read More »

Posted September 20th, 2014
  • "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)