Welcome to Marilynn’s webpage!

For over four decades Marilynn Mair has played music across the globe, released two dozen solo and ensemble recordings, published three method books, written countless columns, and taught as a Professor of Music at Roger Williams University. She has dedicated herself to establishing the mandolin as an instrument of importance, for her lifetime and the future. Learn from her journey here. para portugues… Read More »

Posted April 7th, 2021

My new book is out!

On January 12, Mel Bay let me know that my new book is published! It’s 288 pages with 100+ scores and 2 dozen essays adding historical perspective. I am so psyched to be able to release this book that combines the wisdom of my long careers as a performer and professor of music. It’s available from the Mel Bay website in book and download form. A print-to-order version, a slightly smaller size, is also available on Amazon. Check it out!

More info here!

Posted March 25th, 2021

Sadly no AMGuSS or Summerkeys 2021

I have cancelled AMGuSS 2021 and Summerkeys has cancelled their whole summer. Socially distancing music still presents a problem as we await vaccinations for all.

Posted March 20th, 2021

Virtual performance ~ November 2020

Hi all– Luiz has released a compilation concert video with lots of interesting collaborations, including mine. Free admission!

Access it by clicking this link.

Posted July 5th, 2020

“Nopening Day” AMGuSS 2020

Sadly we had to cancel AMGuSS 2020 due to the pandemic. But here, to mark the day, is our virtual…

NOPENING DAY

FACULTY & FRIENDS CONCERT

AMGUSS 2020

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Posted June 22nd, 2020

Enigmatica – check out the update!

Enigmatica has a new look and has increased from 8 to 9 players, adding a 7-string guitar. Check out the page update here!

 

Posted March 14th, 2018

Press

Marilynn joins 2018 Mandolin Mondays

Thanks to Scott Tichenor’s Mandolin Cafe, and David Benedict, creator of the “Mandolin Mondays” series, here’s my solo-mandolin arrangement and performance of Chiquinha Gonzaga’s “Gaucho.”

Posted January 15th, 2018

Bossa magazine article & interview

The October 2017 issue of Bossa Brazilian Music online  focused on Choro music, and included an interview with Marilynn about her involvement with Choro, and an article she wrote, “The French Connection: From Chopin to Choro.” Click the links above to download the articles, or click on the magazine’s title to read the whole issue online.

Posted November 30th, 2017

Need a unique gift for a music lover?

You can now buy all of Marilynn’s CDs and books on Amazon. They are listed by many sellers, including Marilynn’s own company, Uncommon Strings. Amazon ships worldwide so they are the convenient choice if you live outside the USA or Canada.

Click here for the CDs.

Click here for the books.

Posted November 28th, 2017

“Sweet Harmonies from Little”

I’ve come across a great 21-page wonderfully illustrated article on the history of mandolin playing in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota, written by Amy Kreizer. I thank the Minnesota Historical Society, who hold the copyright, for giving me permission to share it with you HERE. Enjoy!

Posted January 18th, 2017
  • "A sparkling concert… absolutely brilliant!" – Guitar Magazine (England)
    "A brilliant concert from beginning to end…The performance was extraordinary." – La Rioja (Spain)
    "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)
    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)
    "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)
    "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
    "A lovely concert! We estimate your spell-bound and enthusiastic audience at close to 1800 people…" - Lincoln Center Out-Of-Doors (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 performs Brazilian mandolin music... she plays the mandolin as an instrument for all occasions." – Vaughn Watson, The Providence Journal (USA)
    "Marilynn Mair lives up to her reputation as an excellent mandolinist, with clear tone, a beautiful tremolo, and creative expressiveness." – Zupfmusik Magazin (Germany)
    Marilynn Mair on mandolin...touches the deepest and most engaging reaches of the ancient and passionate 'Latin soul'. - Carlos Agudelo, Billboard Magazine
    "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 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)
    "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)