NEWS FLASH! November 2014– Enigmatica has released a new CD–
You can buy or download the CD right now on CDBaby.

enig coverEnigmatica is proud to announce the release of their 3rd CD: Enigmatica 3 – New American Music for Mandolin Ensemble. Recorded live-in-livingroom (Marilynn’s) in several sessions earlier this year, the CD features music by friends– Jim Dalton, Will Ayton, Radim Zenkl and more–and composers who play in the group– Catherine Hawkes, Robert N. Martel, and Marilynn.

The first CD release is planned for Sunday November 9th @ 3:00 PM at the Bay Springs Community Center in Barrington RI.

Marilynn Mair (Director, mandolin)
Charles Moser, Fran Rivkin, Jacque Russom,
Joanne Taddei, Isabel Eccles,(mandolin)
Catherine Hawkes, Gayle Raposa (mandola)
Lisa Abbatomarco (octave mandola)
Robert N. Martel (guitar)

Recordings: The Blue House, Enigmatica,
and the brand new Enigmatica 3- New American Music for Mandolin Ensemble

Formed in 2000
Currently available for performances and recordings
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Enigmatica is a New England-based mandolin ensemble directed by Marilynn Mair. Part chamber orchestra and part plucked-string double-quartet, Enigmatica performs music of the Baroque, Brazil, and eclectic contemporary works. The group features instruments of the mandolin family — mandolin, mandola, octave mandola, and mandocello — and classical guitar. Ensemble members come from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire. Their repertoire includes Baroque music by Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, and Purcell; Brazilian music by Villa-Lobos, Jacob do Bandolim, and Pixinguinha; 20th-century music by Stravinsky and Shostakovich; and recent music of composers Will Ayton, Jim Dalton, and Radim Zenkl. Original compositions for mandolin ensemble are rare, but Enigmatica is proud to play new works written especially for them by American composers Pam Marshall, John Goodin, Robert N. Martel, Catherine Hawkes, Adam Larrabee and Marilynn Mair.

Enigmatica’s self-titled debut CD (2004) and The Blue House (2009), have garnered praise throughout the mandolin world for the group’s versatile and colorful sound.  The group also appears on Nadando em Luz, Leave Something Unexplained and North Star Record’s “New England Yuletide”. Group members perform widely with other plucked string ensembles, most notably, The American Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra.

Enigmatica has presented its unique blend of chamber music in concert series throughout New England, including performances at the New England Conservatory, the SummerKeys Concert Series, Blithewold Mansion, the Providence Athenaeum, Roger Williams University, and Providence’s celebrated WaterFire. The group has been featured artists at the annual convention of the Classical Mandolin Society of America in Philadelphia, and the Cape Cod Festival of Mandolins.

Press photo of Enigmatica can be downloaded here

“The sound of Enigmatica can be described as sparkling, effervescent, fluid, precise, and joyous. The clarity of line they achieve is breathtaking, completely the equal of any string quartet or chamber ensemble playing today.” – Mandolin Magazine

“Enigmatica wove an illuminated musical tapestry, rich in sound and vision.” – Rick Massie, East Bay Window

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  • “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)