Author Archives: Marilynn


The American Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra

Thursday, June 29 at 7:00 PM

The American Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra

Musicians from across the country create a 30-member plucked-string orchestra

Performing music from the Baroque to the 20th century.

Mary Tefft White Cultural Center
University Library
Roger Williams University
One Old Ferry Road, Bristol Rhode Island

Admission free… Read More »

Posted May 23rd, 2017

EventsIn Concert

Marilynn Mair & Enigmatica

Wednesday, June 28 at 7:00 PM

Marilynn Mair, mandolin, and Enigmatica, a plucked string ensemble

Performing music from Argentine, Brazil, Germany, and the USA

Mary Tefft White Cultural Center
University Library
Roger Williams University
One Old Ferry Road, Bristol Rhode Island

Admission free… Read More »

Posted May 23rd, 2017


AMGuSS 2017

Marilynn’s American Mandolin & Guitar Summer School returns! The pioneer of the American mandolin-guitar summer workshop scene comes roaring back to the campus of Roger Williams University, in Bristol RI.

Registration information is on the front page.… Read More »

Posted May 23rd, 2017

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Mandozine Radio Featured Artist ~ January 2017

Marilynn is honored to be the Featured Artist this month on John Baxter’s Mandozine Radio. Check it out!… Read More »

Posted January 18th, 2017

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AMGuSS Registration information

Email Registrar Fran Rivkin (email hidden; JavaScript is required /* */ ) for information on paying by check,
or you can pay by credit card by clicking the buttons below:… Read More »

Posted January 18th, 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!

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Posted January 18th, 2017

NewsOf 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

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Enigmatica at Blithewold ~ December 3 @ 3:00 PM

enigmatica1Enigmatica will be giving its annual holiday concert at Blithewold Mansion in Bristol RI. Seating is limited, and the concert is included with admission to the beautifully decorated house and gardens. You can reserve a seat at the Blithewold webpage.Read More »

Posted November 11th, 2016

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Marilynn & Luiz – One concert left– this week-end!

Slide1Marilynn and her longtime duo partner, Luiz Simas, piano, will be performing twice in the next few weeks.

Sunday, October 23 @ 2:00 on the campus of Roger Williams University, the Duo will give a concert to celebrate Marilynn’s transition form Professor of Music to fulltime musician, author, and composer. Marilynn has written 3 new choro that will have their premier performaces.

Saturday, November 5 @ 7:30 the Duo will perform as part of the Brazilian Music Foundation’s II Read More »

Posted October 31st, 2016


Enigmatica in concert ~ August 12

enigmatica1Enigmatica will perform in the Great Hall of the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls MA on Friday, August 12 @ 7:00 PM. See webpage for more information. The group will play a “pops” concert of sorts, with music from Brazil and Argentina, folk-inspired originals, and early 20th-century blues and two-steps from the great mandolin-orchestra heyday. Join us for a fun evening of music!… Read More »

Posted August 2nd, 2016
  • "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 travels by mandolin to Brazil and brilliance... her commitment to the music shines through." - Rick Massimo, The Providence Journal
    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)
    "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)
    "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 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)
    "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 performs Brazilian mandolin music... she plays the mandolin as an instrument for all occasions." – Vaughn Watson, The Providence Journal (USA)
    "A sparkling concert… absolutely brilliant!" – Guitar Magazine (England)
    "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)
    "Mair is unstoppable… capable of evoking any landscape, past or present, you’d care to conjure." – Mike Caito, Providence Phoenix (USA)
    "A brilliant concert from beginning to end…The performance was extraordinary." – La Rioja (Spain)
    "She’s a fabulous player with a wonderfully clear and lyrical sound." – The Ottawa Citizen (Canada)
    "Marilynn Mair lives up to her reputation as an excellent mandolinist, with clear tone, a beautiful tremolo, and creative expressiveness." – Zupfmusik Magazin (Germany)