Marilynn Mair ~ mandolin & bandolim
Robert N. Martel ~ guitar
Formed in 2004
Currently available for concerts and workshops.
Bob Martel & Marilynn Mair write and perform music for mandolin & guitar. Their repertoire of classical and Brazilian music includes music from the Baroque to 21st century, and often features their own compositions. Bob Martel’s compositions are impressionistic, evoking nature and landscape. His work has been performed and recorded in the USA, Europe and Australia. Marilynn’s music includes lively pieces in the Brazilian Choro tradition and poignant waltzes. Her music has been performed in the USA, Europe, Japan, and Brazil.
Mair & Martel have performed throughout New England, and were the featured guest artists at the Classical Mandolin Society of American convention in Dayton, Ohio in October, 2009. In addition to concerts, they present workshops on composing and arranging, technique classes on mandolin and guitar, lecture-demos on the history of Brazilian choro, and coaching sessions on the art of ensemble playing.
Mair & Martel have created original arrangements of music by Corelli, Bach, and other Baroque composers, and their repertoire includes Brazilian choro by composers such as Pixinguinha and Jacob do Bandolim; contemporary works for guitar and mandolin by Hermann Ambrosius, Will Ayton, Fritz Pilsl; and treasures from the 19th-century “Golden Age” of guitar and mandolin.