Author Archives: Marilynn


AMGuSS at SummerKeys 2011

Our SummerKeys week was fabulous for students and faculty alike! In the private lessons faculty answered questions and brought up issues of technique and musicianship that had students brimming over with new ideas. The all-school ensemble, The American Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra, played Corelli, Dowland, Martel, and Carrilho in the final recital, delighting all who heard them. Marilynn's recital,
Posted July 29th, 2011

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Interview w/ Marilynn on “Bluebell Books”

Jamie Dedes has done a short interview w/ Marilynn about her publishing experiences. Is a new book forthcoming? Find out more…… Read More »

Posted July 20th, 2011

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3rd Mel Bay Mandolin Session is now up online

The June-July edition of Mandolin Sessions is up, with Marilynn’s article, “A Syncopated Twist on Chromatic Scales”. It’s the first article taken from her Brazilian Choro book, with an essay on playing chromatic passages, the sheet-music for an exercise from the book and a recording with Marilynn playing it. If you are enjoying Marilynn’s articles on Mandolin Sessions, please leave a comment or let Mel Bay know. Enjoy!… Read More »

Posted June 13th, 2011

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CMSA review for “The Complete Mandolinist”

The Mandolin Journal, magazine of the Classical Mandolin Society of America, just published a glowing review of “The Complete Mandolinist,” Marilynn’s mandolin method. An excerpt– “This well thought out book reflects the depth and scope of Ms Mair’s training and artistry and is the product of a lifetime of experience with the classical mandolin…. sure to become the standard in the US. Bravo!”
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Posted April 13th, 2011

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Chorinho no Forte and more

Carnaval is over and fall rodas start today, as the seasons are reversed here from those in the USA. Marilynn begins her autumn rodas by playing @ Forte Copacabana (info RH column). The EPM Saturday Choro school starts next week as Rio settles into the start of its academic year. Upcoming roda information will be posted in the calendar as it becomes available.… Read More »

Posted March 13th, 2011

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Carnaval in Rio

Marilynn is back in Rio for March, right now experiencing her first Carnaval. Nothing else is happening in all of Brasil until next Wednesday. You can see her daily posts and pictures here.… Read More »

Posted March 5th, 2011

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1000 posts

I just wrote the 1000th post on my blog Celebrating A Year. For two years and four months I’ve posted a photograph and a thought or poem every day. And for the past several months I’ve posted an mp3 of my music every week as well. Check it out! Here’s the photo that went with post 999.… Read More »

Posted February 16th, 2011

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Mel Bay Mandolin Sessions

Marilynn has just written her first article for Mel Bay’s online publication “Mandolin Sessions”. Check out her explanation and mp3 recording for “Integrating a Variety of Rhythms” in the February/March issue.… Read More »

Posted February 8th, 2011

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Brazilian review for Marilynn’s Choro Book

Fernando Duarte’s webpage has posted a review of the new Choro book. “Mais do que um método de bandolim, o trabalho é um guia para quem quer conhecer o sotaque e as especificidades do choro.” [More than a method for bandolim, the work is a guide for those who want to learn the (Brazilian) accent and characteristics of Choro]. Interested? Read more…Read More »

Posted January 31st, 2011


feliz ano novo no Rio!

Marilynn is in Rio, playing music and enjoying her semester break. This picture was taken January 9th @ the roda @ Praca Sao Salvador. If you want to keep in touch, visit  Celebrating a Year for daily photos and updates, and you’ll find more roda listings in the calendar (RH column).… Read More »

Posted January 9th, 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)