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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


Interview with Marilynn

5. mmBandaoSue Wagner interviewed Marilynn for GoLocalProvidence in December, just before she returned from Rio, on playing mandolin and her life as a musician. A link to the article.

Older interviews also online– here’s one.… Read More »

Posted December 19th, 2013

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Rio, September – December, 2013

MomentoMarilynn returned mid-December from a month in Rio, writing and playing music, and moving her research ahead as part of her autumn sabbatical. This was her second trip to Brazil this fall. She performed in the Momento Rio Bandolim 2013 festival in September, stayed into October, and returned in November. Always a time of musical renewal, this fall has produced several new pieces that will be part of Marilynn’s CD of original music set for release in 2014.… Read More »

Posted December 12th, 2013

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SummerKeys 2014 – Register Now!

SKstudent concertCome join us  July 7 – 11, 2014 for the Mandolin & Guitar Ensemble Week at SummerKeys. We are the only mandolin or guitar summer school that combines daily private lessons with workshops and a directed all-school ensemble. Information on “Mandolin in Ensemble Week,” with Marilynn and Ralph Costanza, and “Guitar in Ensemble Week,” with Robert N. Martel, is available here. … Read More »

Posted December 1st, 2013

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Leone, Fouchetti, Denis, Branzoli, Odell

leone01-1If you missed buying the Minkoff edition of the first three 18th-century mandolin methods, or would like a copy of Branzoli’s 19th-century method, or Odell’s quintessential early 20th century mandolin method, you are in luck. Out of print and in the public domain, they are now available as downloads for a very reasonable price, along with other music for mandolin and guitar, from Michael Reichenbach.… Read More »

Posted August 31st, 2013

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Inspiration from Rio

mm_bandolim2Marilynn has started work on a new recording of Brazilian music to be released in 2014. The CD features 6 of her new “hybrid choro,” written in Rio in 2012. The tunes draw inspiration from the sources of Marilynn’s musical styles– classical, jazz, and Choro, and end up in a place that only she could get to. Imagine a bossa nova based on Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, or a Brazilian take on George Gershwin’s “Summertime”. … Read More »

Posted January 29th, 2013


Marilynn online

DSC00735Want to see Marilynn playing with Agua no Feijao in the studio in Rio? Hear Marilynn answer questions from her students on her life as a mandolinist? Or see her playing live in a roda in Rio? Adding, a solo impromptu of her Isso. There’s also 3 concert links in the Enigmatica post above. Fun to see what’s out there…… Read More »

Posted January 29th, 2013

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wrap-up: Marilynn @ CMSA, October 3-7, 2012

The annual convention of the Classical Mandolin Society of America, held this year in Minneapolis, was great! Lots of good music– amateur and professional– and Marilynn’s new trio with Chris Olson, guitar, and Jack Litzau, bass, soared to must-be-repeated status. Lots of folks from all over the world gave Marilynn great feed-back on her method books and CDs, and her newly written hybrid Choro. A really good week-end– thanks to Lou Choinard and the Minneapolis Mandolin Orchestra for … Read More »

Posted October 12th, 2012
  • "Marilynn Mair performs Brazilian mandolin music... she plays the mandolin as an instrument for all occasions." – Vaughn Watson, The Providence Journal (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 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
    "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)
    "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 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)
    "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)
    "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)
    "Marilynn Mair é uma bandolinista americana de formação erudita" -- Paulo Eduardo Neves, Agenda do Samba Choro (Brasil)
    "Mair travels by mandolin to Brazil and brilliance... her commitment to the music shines through." - Rick Massimo, The Providence Journal
    "She’s a fabulous player with a wonderfully clear and lyrical sound." – The Ottawa Citizen (Canada)
    "A sparkling concert… absolutely brilliant!" – Guitar Magazine (England)
    "Mair is unstoppable… capable of evoking any landscape, past or present, you’d care to conjure." – Mike Caito, Providence Phoenix (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)