In Concert


Mandolin Concerts in November!

Enigmatic will be performing at the Bach Marathon on November 8:

Friday, November 8, 7:00 PM to Saturday, November 9, 7:00 AM!
Manning Chapel, Brown University, Providence RI
Free admission!

We go on early, around 7:30, playing Bachianas Brasileiras and the premiere of Marilynn’s Brazilian take on Bach’s Badinerie, “Badi no Rio.” But bring a pillow and blanket and stay all night– the performances are amazing!… Read More »

Posted November 1st, 2019


May 19 @ 2:00

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Posted May 16th, 2019

Of Note

Mandolin concerts in June!

The American Mandolin & Guitar Summer School will present two free concerts open to the public:

Monday, June 24 @ 7:30 PM
Performing Arts Center, Roger Williams University, Bristol RI
Faculty & Friends, featuring Marilynn Mair & Enigmatica
American Mandolin & Guitar Summer School
free admission


Friday June 28 @ 7:30
University Library, Roger Williams University, Bristol RI
the American Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra
with an opening set by Matt Flinner, mandolin
free admission

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Posted May 16th, 2019


A Florentine Tragedy

Marilynn will play the mandolin part for the opera “A Florentine Tragedy” with the Macao Orchestra in Macao (China).

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Posted June 24th, 2017


Marilynn Mair & Enigmatica

Wednesday, June 28 at 7:00 PM

Marilynn Mair, mandolin, and Enigmatica, a plucked string ensemble

Performing music from Argentine, Brazil, Germany, and the USA

Mary Tefft White Cultural Center
University Library
Roger Williams University
One Old Ferry Road, Bristol Rhode Island

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Posted May 23rd, 2017


Enigmatica @ Blithewold 12/6 @ 3:00

enigmatica1  Enigmatica will be presenting their annual holiday concert @ Blithewold Mansion @ 3:00 on Sunday, December 6 @ 3:00. Music from the ensemble’s three CDs will be performed as well as music for Christmas, Hanukkah, and the New Year. More information and reservations are here.Read More »

Posted November 30th, 2015


Convivo Lusofono

Marilynn and guitarist Paul Dressel will be giving a performance of Brazilian Choro for a fund-raiser to support The Institute for Portuguese and Lusophonic World Studies at Rhode Island College. The event will be held at the Centro Comunitario Grupo Amigos da Terciera, and will include a lunch at 1:00, followed by performances of three musical styles: Choro, Fado, and Morna. For more information and tickets ($30), contact Marie R. Fraley, Director of the Institute @ email hidden; JavaScript is Read More »

Posted July 2nd, 2015


Marilynn & friends in concert

Marilynn will perform in Lubec, Maine for the SummerKeys Concert Series with Enigmatica, guitarists Robert N. Martel and Paul Dressel, and her new Brazilian choro group, Choro Quadrando. Marilynn and Enigmatica will each be playing music from their newest CDs: Madrugada, and Enigmatica 3.… Read More »

Posted July 2nd, 2015


Enigmatica @ Concert for Afganistan

Enigmatica wil be part of the Community Play & Sing-In for the Children of Afghanistan. The concert on July 17, 2015, starts @ 8:00 at the Church of the Covenant, 67 Newbury Street, Boston. Click or more information.… Read More »

Posted July 1st, 2015


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
  • 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 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
    "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)
    "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 performs Brazilian mandolin music... she plays the mandolin as an instrument for all occasions." – Vaughn Watson, The Providence Journal (USA)
    "A sparkling concert… absolutely brilliant!" – Guitar Magazine (England)
    "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)
    "Mair is unstoppable… capable of evoking any landscape, past or present, you’d care to conjure." – Mike Caito, Providence Phoenix (USA)
    "A brilliant concert from beginning to end…The performance was extraordinary." – La Rioja (Spain)
    "She’s a fabulous player with a wonderfully clear and lyrical sound." – The Ottawa Citizen (Canada)
    "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)
    "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)