Welcome to Marilynn’s webpage!

For nearly 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 July 27th, 2018

AMGuSS ~ the 2019 edition!

The 27th American Mandolin & Guitar Summer School is open for registration.

At AMGuSS we create musical experiences together. Click above to access information on AMGuSS and our fabulous faculty! Or download our Registration Form HERE.

(above) Final farewells 2018!

(right) The 2018 Choro student ensemble readies for their in-house performance.

Want to learn more about the music you love? To move beyond merely playing correct notes to actually interpreting music– Classical, Brazilian, Baroque– with musicianship, passion, and an ear for appropriate performance practice? Excited to be part of our all-school plucked-string orchestra AND a small chamber ensemble of your choice, coached by our esteemed faculty? See you at AMGuSS 2019!

Posted July 21st, 2018

Workshops

SummerKeys ~ study with Marilynn July 8-12, 2019!

Mandolin Week at the legendary “SummerKeys” in Lubec, Maine will return July 8-12, 2019. Enrollment is limited to 5, maybe 6 students, who each get a daily private lesson with Marilynn, plus her mandolin group class, and daily use of a private practice room. Watch this page for registration information to reserve your spot.

If you love Marilynn’s “The Complete Mandolinist” method book, and wish you could access her expertise in a private-lesson setting, this is your opportunity. Lubec is a charming seaside town with concerts, lectures, hiking, and boating to add to your week’s idyll.

Posted July 20th, 2018

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

Marilynn’s new book is out!

Mel Bay has published their 3rd book by Marilynn!

The 100 – Techniques & Exercises for Mandolinists is a compendium of thought-provoking discoveries and theories developed over the course of her career. This is Marilynn’s most personal method book to date, and gives a look into the way professional musicians practice, work out repertoire, and develop the interpretive skills to bring their music to life.

Order one directly from Mel Bay! Or you can buy a copy on Amazon.

Posted July 23rd, 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

Of Note

They’re back– Marilynn’s Mel Bay “Mandolin Sessions”

bustommMarilynn wrote 6 articles for Mel Bay’s “Mandolin Session” before the online publication ceased, and though they are not still up on the Mel Bay webpage they were saved by the “Wayback Machine”. Each article is written about one of the exercises from her two method books, and each includes a pdf of the exercise, and an mp3 of Marilynn playing it. All 6 direct links work again, and are listed below– enjoy!

Integrating a Variety of Rhythms

Expressive Tremolo

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Posted January 12th, 2017
  • "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)
    "A sparkling concert… absolutely brilliant!" – Guitar Magazine (England)
    "She’s a fabulous player with a wonderfully clear and lyrical sound." – The Ottawa Citizen (Canada)
    "Mair travels by mandolin to Brazil and brilliance... her commitment to the music shines through." - Rick Massimo, The Providence Journal
    "Marilynn Mair lives up to her reputation as an excellent mandolinist, with clear tone, a beautiful tremolo, and creative expressiveness." – Zupfmusik Magazin (Germany)
    "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)
    "Mair is unstoppable… capable of evoking any landscape, past or present, you’d care to conjure." – Mike Caito, Providence Phoenix (USA)
    "Marilynn Mair é uma bandolinista americana de formação erudita" -- Paulo Eduardo Neves, Agenda do Samba Choro (Brasil)
    "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 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)
    "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)
    "A brilliant concert from beginning to end…The performance was extraordinary." – La Rioja (Spain)
    "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 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)
    "Marilynn Mair performs Brazilian mandolin music... she plays the mandolin as an instrument for all occasions." – Vaughn Watson, The Providence Journal (USA)