Author Archives: Marilynn


Marilynn brings Brasil to RI in September

Marilynn is hosting some stellar Brazilian musicians on campus at Roger Williams University in September. On Wednesday, September 5th the girls of Choro das 3 will be performing in the Global Heritage Hall. And on Sunday, September 23, Luiz Simas, pianist and composer, will be performing his “Mata Atlantica” in the … Read More »

Posted August 13th, 2012

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Interview with Marilynn

A local paper came to campus to interview Marilynn in May, and the article came out in print and online. Brazil, rock & roll, even the forgotten pop classic, “Tootsie Roll”. You can read it here.Read More »

Posted May 5th, 2012

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Chorinho é declarado Patrimônio Cultural Carioca

Choro is declared an official part of the Cultural Heritage of Rio de Janeiro – Jornal do Brasil
Posted May 5th, 2012

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Off to Rio!

Marilynn will be in Rio for most of June and will be playing at a number of rodas during her stay. The Forte Copacabana rodas are Sundays @ 5:30 and run for two hours. More Information will be available in May. There are also rodas @ Praca Sao Salvador, Bip Bip, and other locations. Email for other venues and times if you too will be in Rio in June.… Read More »

Posted April 19th, 2012

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What’s she doing down there?

You can follow Marilynn’s start to the new year in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro on her blog Celebrating a Year where you will find daily posts with photos and reflections on her experiences, musical and otherwise. You can visit by clicking the link above, or subscribe, as the blog has been going for 3 years and will continue even after her South American idyll ends.… Read More »

Posted January 7th, 2012


Music of the Season

Marilynn’s perennial holiday favorite The Sounding Joy is a perfect blend of traditional carols, classical favorites, and international carols arranged for mandolin and guitar. A soothing antidote to the pre-Christmas shopping-party frenzy, you can see a complete list of the tunes and buy this CD here on the website or on Amazon. Happy holidays from Marilynn, Enigmatica, Agua no Feijao, and the rest of our plucked-string family.… Read More »

Posted November 29th, 2011

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Momento Rio Bandolim

Marilynn is back from her trip to Brazil in November to give a concert and lecture at the international mandolin festival, Momento Rio Bandolim. For the concert, Marilynn focused on compositions written for and dedicated to her over the course of her career. The lecture highlighted the parallel development of music for mandolin/bandolim in Brazil and the USA throughout the 20th century. More information is available here.… Read More »

Posted October 12th, 2011


Reviews for Brazilian Choro book

The Mandolin Journal, magazine of the Classical Mandolin Society of America, has published a review of Marilynn and Paulo Sa’s method book for Brazilian Choro, that concludes: “For those of us in North America who have no access to this music in its native environment it provides the next best thing to being there…. Highly recommended. And Fernando Duarte’s webpage writes: … Read More »

Posted September 12th, 2011


AMGuSS at SummerKeys 2011

Our SummerKeys week was fabulous for students and faculty alike! In the private lessons faculty answered questions and brought up issues of technique and musicianship that had students brimming over with new ideas. The all-school ensemble, The American Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra, played Corelli, Dowland, Martel, and Carrilho in the final recital, delighting all who heard them. Marilynn's recital,
Posted July 29th, 2011

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Interview w/ Marilynn on “Bluebell Books”

Jamie Dedes has done a short interview w/ Marilynn about her publishing experiences. Is a new book forthcoming? Find out more…… Read More »

Posted July 20th, 2011
  • "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)
    "A sparkling concert… absolutely brilliant!" – Guitar Magazine (England)
    "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)
    "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
    "Marilynn Mair é uma bandolinista americana de formação erudita" -- Paulo Eduardo Neves, Agenda do Samba Choro (Brasil)
    "She’s a fabulous player with a wonderfully clear and lyrical sound." – The Ottawa Citizen (Canada)
    "Mair is unstoppable… capable of evoking any landscape, past or present, you’d care to conjure." – Mike Caito, Providence Phoenix (USA)
    "Marilynn Mair lives up to her reputation as an excellent mandolinist, with clear tone, a beautiful tremolo, and creative expressiveness." – Zupfmusik Magazin (Germany)
    "A lovely concert! We estimate your spell-bound and enthusiastic audience at close to 1800 people…" - Lincoln Center Out-Of-Doors (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)
    "Marilynn Mair performs Brazilian mandolin music... she plays the mandolin as an instrument for all occasions." – Vaughn Watson, The Providence Journal (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)
    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)