Enigmatica, a mandolin septet directed by Marilynn Mair, releases its first CD — Enigmatica: Baroque, Brazilian & Contemporary. From the lush tremolo of “Alma Brazileira” (Brazilian Soul) to the complex counterpoint of Bach’s “Presto,” and quirky brilliance of “Spiral Moons,” Enigmatica conjures up an intriguing musical world. Part chamber orchestra and part plucked-string double-quartet the group paints a dynamic musical panorama, ranging from intimate chamber settings to rich orchestral arrangements.

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$15.00 Enigmatica (CD)

Songs List

  1. Enigmatica – Anacleto di Medeiros
  2. Coco Eyes – Evan Harlan
  3. Fugue in G major (G231) – G.F. Handel
  4. Lament – Jan Jarvlepp
  5. Fon-Fon – Ernesto Nazareth
  6. Blue-Gold Variations – Pamela Marshall
  7. Alma Brasileira – Jacob do Bandolim
  8. Air – J.S. Bach
  9. Presto – J.S. Bach
  10. Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 – Heitor Villa-Lobos
  11. Tico Tico no Fuba – Zequinha de Abreu
  12. Spiral Moons – Tim Ware
  13. Prelude Op. 87 No. 1 – Dimitri Shostakovich
  14. Linus and Lucy – Vince Guaraldi
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  • “Marilynn Mair é uma bandolinista americana de formação erudita”

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

    “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)

    “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)

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

    “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)

    “A sparkling concert… absolutely brilliant!”

    – Guitar Magazine (England)

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

    – Carlos Agudelo, Billboard Magazine

    “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

    “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)

    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)

    “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)

    “She’s a fabulous player with a wonderfully clear and lyrical sound.”

    – The Ottawa Citizen (Canada)

    “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)