Author Archives: Marilynn

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Playing Birdland

Marilynn had the opportunity to play on the famous stage of NYC’s Birdland jazz club in February as a special guest of Luiz Simas, Brazilian pianist and composer, her longtime musical collaborator. She played his lovely “Meu Bandolim,” that Luiz wrote for her early on in their partnership. The hall was packed and the program was amazing. Such a mid-winter  thrill!… Read More »

Posted March 19th, 2018


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 March 18th, 2018


Marilynn heading back to Rio!

Marilynn returns to Rio for the last half of April, to play and write choro, and join celebrations for the National Day of Choro (aka Pixinguinha’s birthday) and Jacob do Bandolim’s centenary. Birdland last month, Brazil next–transformation seems inevitable.… Read More »

Posted March 18th, 2018


Join Marilynn for AMGuSS June 25-30, 2018!

Marilynn & Uncommon Strings invite you to the 26th American Mandolin & Guitar Summer School, June 25-30, 2018, on the waterfront campus of Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island.

At AMGuSS we create musical experiences together. Click for more information on AMGuSS and our fabulous faculty!

AMGuSS registration is limited to 35. You can register here

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Posted March 16th, 2018


Study privately with Marilynn – July 9-13, 2018!

How would you like to have 5 private lessons with Marilynn? Plus 5 of her small group classes and your own practice room, all while enjoying a week in a bucolic seaside town in Maine overflowing with music. Marilynn will once again host her mandolin week as part of the legendary “SummerKeys” in Lubec, Maine. Enrollment is limited to 5, maybe 6 students. You can also join students on other instruments in faculty-coached chamber ensembles.

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Posted March 15th, 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!

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Posted March 14th, 2018

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Jacob do Bandolim’ 100th birthday!

To celebrate Jacob do Bandolim’s 100th birthday and Valentine’s Day (USA)—February 14th, 2018— my love Paul and I played: Assanhado, Benzinho, Bola Preta, Bole Bole, Diabinho Maluco, Doce do Coco, Falta-me Voce, Feitico, Ginga do Mane, Gostosinho, Implicante, Migalhas de Amor, Noites Cariocas, Receita de Samba, Reminiscencias, Santa Morena, Simplicidade, Vibracoes, and Voo da Mosca on bandolim and 7-corde.

Happy Jacob Centenary to everyone I have ever played his music with!… Read More »

Posted February 14th, 2018


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

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Wishing you a peaceful holiday!

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Posted December 20th, 2017

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Register for AMGuSS 2018 online

You can now register online for AMGuSS 2018 by clicking this link.

Or email Fran Rivkin, Registrar, at email hidden; JavaScript is required /* */ on how to pay by mail.… Read More »

Posted December 14th, 2017
  • "A lovely concert! We estimate your spell-bound and enthusiastic audience at close to 1800 people…" - Lincoln Center Out-Of-Doors (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)
    "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)
    "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 é uma bandolinista americana de formação erudita" -- Paulo Eduardo Neves, Agenda do Samba Choro (Brasil)
    "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 lives up to her reputation as an excellent mandolinist, with clear tone, a beautiful tremolo, and creative expressiveness." – Zupfmusik Magazin (Germany)
    "Mair is unstoppable… capable of evoking any landscape, past or present, you’d care to conjure." – Mike Caito, Providence Phoenix (USA)
    "Mair travels by mandolin to Brazil and brilliance... her commitment to the music shines through." - Rick Massimo, The Providence Journal
    "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)
    "A sparkling concert… absolutely brilliant!" – Guitar Magazine (England)
    "She’s a fabulous player with a wonderfully clear and lyrical sound." – The Ottawa Citizen (Canada)
    Marilynn Mair on mandolin...touches the deepest and most engaging reaches of the ancient and passionate 'Latin soul'. - Carlos Agudelo, Billboard Magazine
    "Marilynn Mair performs Brazilian mandolin music... she plays the mandolin as an instrument for all occasions." – Vaughn Watson, The Providence Journal (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)
    "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)