Leave Something Unexplained

“Leave Something Unexplained” sends Marilynn’s music into new territories and forges new musical alliances along the way. There are duets with frequent partner Adam Larrabee on guitar and mandocello, and duos and trios with musical friends Paulo Sa and Radim Zenkl. Enigmatica adds a Bach tune, and Marilynn plays some solos, adding bass, percussion, and some of her own tunes to the mix. This is Marilynn’s most personal CD ever, and showcases the breadth of her musical interpretation and the delightful freshness of her musical vision.

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$15.00 Leave Something Unexplained (CD)

Songs List & Audio Samples

  1. Leave something unexplained. (2:37) – Jim Ten Boske       (sample)
  2. Champagne / Diablo (4:02) – Marilynn Mair
  3. From Treg[ian’s] Ground (4:04) – Will Ayton
  4. From: The Carman’s Whistle (1:55) – Will Ayton
  5. Gaucho (2:04) – Chiquinha Gonzaga (arr. Mair)
  6. Bachianas Brasileiras (4:10) – Heitor Villa-Lobos
  7. Toccata (1:42) – Brian Israel (mandocello part arr. Larrabee)
  8. Revival (3:07) – Radim Zenkl       (sample)
  9. Carinhoso (2:08) – Pixinguinha (arr. Mair)       (sample)
  10. Adagio (5:22) – J. S. Bach
    (from Concerto for Two Harpsichords BWV 1060)
  11. Brejeiro (3:30) – Ernesto Nazareth (arr. Sa)
  12. A Waltz for Evelyn Hinrichsen (2:31) – Lou Harrison (arr. Mair/Larrabee)
  13. East of Here (3:16) – Marilynn Mair       (sample)
  14. The Blacksmith (2:40) – traditional (setting by Will Ayton)
  15. Ma belle si ton ame (2:32) – anonymous (setting by Radim Zenkl)
  16. And She Has Flown (4:10) – Marilynn Mair|
    for Carleigh


Mair Travels by Mandolin to Brazil and Brilliance
Rick Massimo, The Providence Journal:

“I’m one of those people who gets ‘good ideas’,” says Marilynn Mair, her voice making the quotation marks obvious. “And when I get a ‘good idea’ I have to do it.” That’s why the mandolinist is one of the busiest musicians in Rhode Island, and why she performs in three different combos on her latest disc, Leave Something Unexplained.

Mair performs in duo format with Boston-based guitarist Adam Larrabee; with Brazilian Paulo Sa and Czech Radim Zenkl in her group Mandolin World Summit; and with her seven-piece acoustic group Enigmatica. And on all the tracks her commitment to the Baroque, classical, and Brazilian shines through, whether it be complex harmonies and unisons with Larrabee, the precision of Bach with Enigmatica, or the romanticism of her work with Sa and Zenkl.

Some of the pieces are original. So we get the swing feel of “East of Here,” written on Cape Cod after Hurricane Ophelia; the Caribbeanism of “Champagne/Diablo” and the sprawling “And She Has Flown,” written in memory of a departed friend.

Her first mandolin repertoire was Baroque music, “where they don’t define the instruments.” Since then she’s had to arrange lots of pieces for the mandolin that weren’t originally written for it. “I can hear them on the instrument. I arrange alot of pieces because I’m interested in alot of different kinds of music. I don’t just want to play what’s there. I want to play what’s in my heart.”

Jim Macnie writes in “The Providence Phoenix”:

Smudging the lines between folk and classical is an intrepid endeavor. On Marilynn Mair’s shimmering new CD, Leave Something Unexplained (QORQ), there’s a formalism in play that doesn’t feel formal at all. Mair’s a superb mandolin player who has previously brought the instrument to unexpected places, so it’s not shocking to realize she has ideas about creatively positioning it. But from Villa-Lobos laments to Bach’s “Adagio” she makes the dusc’s broad curatorial choice all sound like they belonged together in the first place.”

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  • “A sparkling concert… absolutely brilliant!”

    – Guitar Magazine (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)

    “Marilynn Mair é uma bandolinista americana de formação erudita”

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

    “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)

    “Mair is unstoppable… capable of evoking any landscape, past or present, you’d care to conjure.”

    – Mike Caito, 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)

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

    – Carlos Agudelo, Billboard Magazine

    “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 travels by mandolin to Brazil and brilliance… her commitment to the music shines through.”

    – Rick Massimo, The Providence Journal

    “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)

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

    – Lincoln Center Out-Of-Doors (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)

    “Marilynn Mair lives up to her reputation as an excellent mandolinist, with clear tone, a beautiful tremolo, and creative expressiveness.”

    – Zupfmusik Magazin (Germany)

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

    – The Ottawa Citizen (Canada)

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