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EventsIn Concert

House Concert

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Posted September 11th, 2010


AMGuSS Winter Weekend Wrap-Up

A splendid time was had by all, as mandolin aficionados from across the nation convened in scenic Bristol, RI. Although unexpected blizzards both north and south kept some participants away, Bristol was spared, and we played music non-stop for 2 1/2 days. The final concert featured the premiere of two Australian works for mandolin orchestra.… Read More »

Posted March 7th, 2010

EventsIn Concert

American Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra

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Posted February 25th, 2010


AMGuSS Winter Orchestra Weekend, February 2010

February 26-28, 2010 in Bristol, RI
Posted January 3rd, 2010


Enigmatica — The Blue House

The Blue House is Enigmatica’s 2nd CD, and it nails down the group’s unique spot in the world of mandolin music. From the orchestral richness of Argentinian dances in “Cinco Piezas,” to the simple intimacy of “Anniversary,” the octet shifts gears with ease to create a recording with delightful variety and impeccable musicianship. The CD weaves a colorful tapestry of form and texture arriving finally at the title track, a rock-tinged blast of energy that was written for them and … Read More »

Posted July 1st, 2009


The Complete Mandolinist

The Complete Mandolinist

The Complete Mandolinist

The Complete Mandolinist is the most comprehensive American mandolin method published in nearly a century.

Buy it now from Mel Bay

Or buy it now at Amazon.

Written by Marilynn Mair, internationally-acclaimed performer, recording artist, and teacher for over two decades, the insightfully written text and carefully selected exercises present a logical approach to mandolin technique that builds on the pioneering efforts of America’s mandolin teachers of the early 20th century– Pettine, Perry, Place, Odell, Seigel, Bickford, and others.

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Posted April 24th, 2009

EventsIn Concert

Marilynn Mair with Adam Larrabee, Eric Christensen & Enigmatica

The Music Series Roger Williams University

Marilynn Mair ~ mandolin

Adam Larrabee ~ guitar & mandocello
Eric Christensen ~ mandola
Enigmatica~ a mandolin septet
2:00 PM, Sunday, September 26, 2004
The Performing Arts Center


Leave Something Unexplained Jim ten Boske (contemporary)
Quando Me Lembro Luperce Miranda (1904-1977)
Mazurka Op. 17 No. 4 Frederich Chopin (1810-1849)
arr. Larrabee
Variation 1
from the Goldberg Variations

from Sonata 1
J. S Bach (1685-1750)
Granada Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909) arr.
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Posted September 26th, 2004
  • "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)
    "Mair is unstoppable… capable of evoking any landscape, past or present, you’d care to conjure." – Mike Caito, Providence Phoenix (USA)
    "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)
    Marilynn Mair on mandolin...touches the deepest and most engaging reaches of the ancient and passionate 'Latin soul'. - Carlos Agudelo, Billboard Magazine
    "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 performs Brazilian mandolin music... she plays the mandolin as an instrument for all occasions." – Vaughn Watson, The Providence Journal (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)
    "Marilynn Mair é uma bandolinista americana de formação erudita" -- Paulo Eduardo Neves, Agenda do Samba Choro (Brasil)
    "She’s a fabulous player with a wonderfully clear and lyrical sound." – The Ottawa Citizen (Canada)
    "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)
    "Marilynn Mair lives up to her reputation as an excellent mandolinist, with clear tone, a beautiful tremolo, and creative expressiveness." – Zupfmusik Magazin (Germany)
    "Mair travels by mandolin to Brazil and brilliance... her commitment to the music shines through." - Rick Massimo, The Providence Journal
    "A brilliant concert from beginning to end…The performance was extraordinary." – La Rioja (Spain)
    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)