Author Archives: Marilynn

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December 1-3: CD Baby will ship Enigmatica CDs for 1¢

Starting December 1, 2014 (Cyber Monday), and running for 3 days, CD Baby will take the hit on shipping costs to encourage music fans to buy more Enigmatica CDs from CD Baby. It doesn’t matter if you order 1 CD or 100, standard shipping – domestic AND international – will be 1¢ TOTAL. And of course, you’ll get them in time for the holidays.

Here’s the link to Enigmatica’s CD Baby page. Enjoy your savings!… Read More »

Posted November 8th, 2014


Enigmatica 3 – New American Music for Mandolin Ensemble

Enigmatica 3 coverEnigmatica celebrates its 15th year of innovative, highly acclaimed music-making with the release of its third CD, New American Music for Mandolin Ensemble. Most of these pieces are recorded here for the first time and many were written for Enigmatica. They reflect a mixture of folk, classical, Celtic, and Brazilian influences that are beautiful, accessible, and timeless. This CD embodies an American spirit and, recorded live-in-studio, showcases Enigmatica’s musicianship and mastery. Under the artistic direction of Marilynn Mair, one … Read More »

Posted November 8th, 2014

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Marilynn & Luiz – Together Again, one show only.

Luiz+MMairMarilynn wlll be joining Luiz Simas for a concert on Sunday, September 28 at 5:00 PM at the Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham MA. The duo will perform Brazilian Choro and their original Brazilian-style compositions. … Read More »

Posted September 20th, 2014

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Marilynn in London ~August 2014

mmBRASAMarilynn finished out her summer presenting a paper at the Brazilian Studies Association congress, held this year in London. Her paper, “The French Connection – from Chopin to Choro and Back Again” was part of a panel on Tracking Influence in Brazilian Music. There were over 800 participants in London for the 4-day event, making this the largest Brazilian studies conference ever held outside Brazil.… Read More »

Posted September 20th, 2014

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Enigmatica has a new CD coming – October 2014.

enigmatica1Enigmatica has a new CD! ENIGMATICA3 – New American Music for Mandolin Ensemble. The disc marks Enigmatica’s 15th anniversary, and features music from band members Catherine Hawkes, Robert N. Martel, and Marilynn, and works written by Will Ayton, Jim Dalton, Radim Zenkl, and Evelyn Tiffany-Castiglione.… Read More »

Posted September 20th, 2014

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Celebrating Will Ayton

rwuwillhsSunday April 27 @ 2:00 PM Marilynn, Enigmatica, and almost 50 musicians will gather on campus for a gala concert and reception honoring the long teaching career of retiring Professor of Music, and composer extraordinaire, Will Ayton. Download the poster with all the info here: ayton5.… Read More »

Posted April 26th, 2014

Ask MarilynnOf Note

From the mailbox:

Sometimes a letter arrives that says so much about Marilynn’s work:
Dear Marilynn,
I last communicated with you some time ago when I was seeking advice on acquiring a passable(or any) tremolo. This was after collating your on-line advice from the internet and any hard copy that I could get. … Read More »

Posted February 6th, 2014

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A February Night in Brazil

Luiz+MMairSaturday February 8, 2014 at 8pm

Luiz Simas with
special guest Marilynn Mair
at Amazing Things

160 Hollis St. (Rt 126)
Framingham, MA 01702

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Posted January 3rd, 2014

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A February Afternoon of Plucked Strings

Sunday, February 9 @ 2:00 PM
Marilynn will perform her original works and the music of Ernesto Nazareth, Lou Harrison and others, with Luis Simas, piano, and Enigmatica, a mandolin octet.… Read More »

Posted January 3rd, 2014


Marilynn & Enigmatica on YouTube

Enig3Several videos have been posted on YouTube, featuring duets of Marilynn, Bob, and Charlie, and the whole ensemble– enjoy! You can search “Enigmatica mandolin” on YouTube to find them or link directly below:… Read More »

Posted December 30th, 2013
  • "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)
    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)
    "She’s a fabulous player with a wonderfully clear and lyrical sound." – The Ottawa Citizen (Canada)
    "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 on mandolin...touches the deepest and most engaging reaches of the ancient and passionate 'Latin soul'. - Carlos Agudelo, Billboard Magazine
    "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 sparkling concert… absolutely brilliant!" – Guitar Magazine (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)
    "Mair is unstoppable… capable of evoking any landscape, past or present, you’d care to conjure." – Mike Caito, 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 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)
    "Marilynn Mair performs Brazilian mandolin music... she plays the mandolin as an instrument for all occasions." – Vaughn Watson, The Providence Journal (USA)
    "Mair travels by mandolin to Brazil and brilliance... her commitment to the music shines through." - Rick Massimo, The Providence Journal
    "Marilynn Mair é uma bandolinista americana de formação erudita" -- Paulo Eduardo Neves, Agenda do Samba Choro (Brasil)
    "A lovely concert! We estimate your spell-bound and enthusiastic audience at close to 1800 people…" - Lincoln Center Out-Of-Doors (USA)
    "A brilliant concert from beginning to end…The performance was extraordinary." – La Rioja (Spain)