Of Note

10/18: back from CMSA

The Classical Mandolin Society convention in Seattle was a v.cool few days celebrating the instrument we all love. President Lou Chouinard ran a tight and interesting ship, and we all came away with a bit more information, and some of us with new picks in our pockets, and new instruments on order. So much for resolutions, and more on all this later. Consider signing up for CMSA membership– it’s a great organization with so much potential!… Read More »

Posted October 18th, 2010 | Leave a comment

Alison Stephens RIP 10/10/10

Alison Stephens, the brilliant British mandolinist passed away today after a long fierce fight with cancer. I was proud to call her a friend as well as a colleague, and will always cherish memories of happy hours spent playing music, talking, laughing. She leaves behind a host of impeccable CDs, a series of mandolin editions for Astute Music, memories of exquisite concerts, and the many students she taught at Trinity College of Music. Visit her website for links to her … Read More »

Posted October 11th, 2010 | 2 Comments

A New Look

Longtime readers will notice our page has a new format. Thanks to Alex & Brinsley, of BAD Design, who updated the site adding several new features:
– “Ask Marilynn” archives questions from readers with Marilynn’s answers and a space for your comments & follow-up questions.
– “Of Note” features news items to read and comment on.… Read More »

Posted October 1st, 2010 | 3 Comments

Rave review for Enigmatica’s The Blue House!

In August Mandolin Magazine published a glowing review for Enigmatica’s new CD, “The Blue House”.  An excerpt: “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.” Read the full review and buy it now. Here is one of the tunes posted on       Mandolin Cafe. MP3jPLAYLISTS.inline_0 = [ { name: "Mandolin Cafe.", formats: ["mp3"], … Read More »

Posted September 18th, 2010

Marilynn on Brazilian TV

Look quickly near the start of this show on Escola Portátil de Música and you’ll see Marilynn playing her bandolim. She’s also glimpsed in Bandão a couple of times in the video. Fun!… Read More »

Posted August 29th, 2010 | Leave a comment

Paulo Sa has a new CD

Paulo Sa’s new CD, “Brazilian Things,” is out and it is a gem! You can hear clips and buy a copy at CD Baby. Paulo wrote all the music and recorded it with his crack quartet. he mixes jazz, samba, and bluegrass with his Choro roots to come up with a truly unique musical sound. Highly recommended!… Read More »

Posted July 25th, 2010 | Leave a comment

SummerKeys rocked!

The 2010 week in Lubec was great. Plans are in the works for next year, when we are going to inject a bit of AMGuSS into the mix and add a teacher or two. More details as they develop.… Read More »

Posted July 18th, 2010 | Leave a comment

Sad news

Renowned Brazilian clarinet player Paulo Moura died July 12.  His playing was incomparable and I urge you all to listen to his CDs. Two days before he died he reportedly played “Doce de Coco,” with his longtime friend and accompanist, surrounded by family and close friends. RIP.… Read More »

Posted July 17th, 2010 | Leave a comment
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