Nadando em Luz / Swimming in Light

Marilynn Mair’s all-choro CD features mandolin in combination with a variety of different ensembles, from duets with piano, clarinet, or guitar, to quartets and octets featuring bass, percussion, and instruments of the mandolin family. The music ranges from early 19th-century works, to the classic choro of Pixinguinha and Jacob do Bandolim, and includes contemporary pieces by Mair and her fellow performers. “Best Choro CD of 2003”- “Best of Local Artists 2002”- The Providence Journal, Providence RI

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$15.00 Nadando em Luz (CD)

Songs List

  1. Receita De Samba – Jacob do Bandolim
  2. Marilene – Pixinguinha
  3. Lamentos – Pixinguinha
  4. lara – Anacleto de Medeiros
  5. Reminiscencias – Jacob do Bandolim
  6. Brasilerinho – Waldir Azevedo
  7. Doce De Coco – Jacob do Bandolim
  8. A Natureza – Luiz dos Santos
  9. Chorinho Com Bossa – Luiz Simas
  10. Alma E Coracao – Luperce Miranda
  11. Zinha – Pattapio Silva
  12. Migalhas De Amor – Jacob do Bandolim
  13. Nandano Em Luz – Marilynn Mair
  14. Sacy Perere – Chiquinha Gonzaga
  15. Vou Vivendo – Pixinguinha
  16. Serenata No Joa – Radames Gnattali
  17. Morning Samba – Sasha Lisnichuk
  18. Brejerio – Ernexto Nazareth
  19. Passos No Choro – Chiquinha Gonzaga
  20. Enigmatica – Anacleto de Medeiros
  21. Isis – Benedito Lacerda


“All of the cuts on the CD shine, and all of the ensembles play well, but the duets really stand out. The recording not only offers delightful performances by seasoned choro players — it presents Marilynn at her best!”

Terry Pender
Mandolin Quarterly (USA)

“Marilynn Mair performs Brazilian mandolin music that in its lilting string compositions calls to mind staring out admiringly into a charcoal-black sky after hours on a veranda in Brasilia. Or in her swifter downbeat rhythms, Mair plays the mandolin as an instrument for all occasions — an after-dinner party and the late-night dancing, fast and close, that follows.”

Vaughn Watson
The Providence Journal (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)

“It’s a gorgeous piece of work. Very highly recommended.”

Scott Tichenor
Mandolin Café (USA)

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  • “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)

    “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)

    “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 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)

    Marilynn Mair on mandolin…touches the deepest and most engaging reaches of the ancient and passionate ‘Latin soul’.

    – Carlos Agudelo, Billboard Magazine

    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 é uma bandolinista americana de formação erudita”

    — Paulo Eduardo Neves, Agenda do Samba Choro (Brasil)

    “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 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

    “A sparkling concert… absolutely brilliant!”

    – Guitar Magazine (England)

    “A brilliant concert from beginning to end…The performance was extraordinary.”
    – La Rioja (Spain)

    “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)

    “A lovely concert! We estimate your spell-bound and enthusiastic audience at close to 1800 people…”

    – Lincoln Center Out-Of-Doors (USA)