Author Archives: Marilynn


Madrugada / Daybreak


In the process of transformation there comes a moment of fundamental change, when perspective alters and a new day begins. Drawing from the past while moving forward, renowned mandolinist Marilynn Mair weaves the disparate threads of her extraordinary musical career—from Beethoven to Gershwin, Pixinguinha to Piazolla, Scott Joplin to Jacob do Bandolim—into an original tapestry of rare and heartfelt beauty.

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Posted April 23rd, 2015

EventsIn Concert

Release for Marilynn’s new CD

On Sunday, March 29th, Marilynn will present a double-barreled concert at Roger Williams University, also admission free. The first half will present a Rio-style “roda da choro,” of traditional Brazilian music with local musicians, and the second half will be a release for her new CD: Madrugada (Daybreak), performed with Luiz Simas, piano, and Paul Dressel, guitar. Madrugada is a landmark release for Marilynn, featuring new compositions that interweave elements of European classical, American jazz, and Brazilian choro, reflecting … Read More »

Posted February 10th, 2015

EventsIn Concert

Enigmatica at Weaver Library

On Monday, March 2, Enigmatica will perform a free concert at the Weaver Library at 7:00. The octet will play tunes from their new CD Enigmatica 3 – New American Music for Mandolin Ensemble, with a few old favorites mixed in. Come pick up a new CD and get the group to sign it for you!… Read More »

Posted February 10th, 2015


March Mandolins!

me-328On Sunday, March 29th, Marilynn will present a double-barreled concert at Roger Williams University. The first half will feature a Rio-style “roda da choro,” of traditional Brazilian music; the second half will be a release for her new CD: Madrugada (Daybreak), with Luiz Simas, piano; Catherine Hawkes, flute; Adam Bahrami, cavaquinho & pandeiro;and Paul Dressel, guitar.… Read More »

Posted February 10th, 2015


Enigmatica 3 – New American musicians & composers

enig coverEnigmatica is proud to announce the release of their 3rd CD: Enigmatica 3 – New American Music for Mandolin EnsembleRecorded live-in-livingroom (Marilynn’s) earlier this year, the CD features music by friends–… Read More »

Posted January 7th, 2015

Of Note

Back to Rio

R's bday & Sta teresa roda 016What’s better than a couple of weeks in Rio’s summer this time of year! Marilynn will be playing in rodas, researching new tunes, writing some herself, and enjoying all the music the city has to offer. You can get read updates & see photos on her personal blog Celebrating a Year.Read More »

Posted December 27th, 2014

Of Note

Joy for all!

cdjoyAnd Marilynn’s Holiday CD special… Buy any of MM’s solo CDs and get a copy of the perennial holiday favorite “The Sounding Joy” for free. Just write FREEJOY in the comment section of your order. Limit of 1 free CD per order. Offer runs until December 21st.… Read More »

Posted December 7th, 2014

Of Note

Enigmatica @ Blithewold 12/21

enigmatica1Your favorite plucked-string octet will be playing @ Blithewold on December 21st. Click the concert link in the right hand column for time and directions or go here. Enigmatica’s CD special will be honored in person at the gig. And you can get it signed!… Read More »

Posted December 7th, 2014

Of Note

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
  • "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)
    "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)
    "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)
    "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)
    "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 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)
    "She’s a fabulous player with a wonderfully clear and lyrical sound." – The Ottawa Citizen (Canada)
    "Marilynn Mair é uma bandolinista americana de formação erudita" -- Paulo Eduardo Neves, Agenda do Samba Choro (Brasil)
    Marilynn Mair on mandolin...touches the deepest and most engaging reaches of the ancient and passionate 'Latin soul'. - Carlos Agudelo, Billboard Magazine
    "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)
    "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 sparkling concert… absolutely brilliant!" – Guitar Magazine (England)