While Marilynn has numerous CDs for sale, it’s always interesting to hear a performer live in concert. And she’s performed with many great artists in her career in ensembles that never made it into a recording studio. So here are some live recordings, and a couple of other mp3s that you may find interesting.

Meu Bandolim – Luiz Simas

Performed in concert by Marilynn Mair, bandolim; Luiz Simas, piano
@ Sala Cecelia Mireles, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
      Meu Bandolim
Luiz is a fabulous pianist and composer, and our Duo is a delight to us both. He wrote this piece for me, and we have recorded it as well, on my CD of the same name. Here we are playing it at one of his solo concerts in Rio, on an occasion when I happened to be in town.

Posted October 1st, 2010

Goldberg Variation 1 – J. S. Bach

Marilynn Mair, mandolin; Adam Larrabee, mandocello
recorded in concert, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH
      Goldberg I played with Adam for many years and still miss his sunny virtuosity. He now lives in Virginia, and we never did get around to making the duo CD we were planning, but luckily we did record some tracks. You can also hear our duo on my CD “Leave Something Unexplained”.

Posted September 2nd, 2010

East of Here – Marilynn Mair (arr. Mitch Nelin)

New England Mandolin Ensemble
recorded in concert, January 5, 2007, Peterborough, Vermont
      East of Here
NEME was so much fun! We played together for a couple of years, a mix of jazz, world, and some classical music. I got a chance to improvise, as you can hear, and we did record a CD before the commute to rehearsals got too much for us all in our busy lives.

Posted September 1st, 2010

Suite Galante – Hermann Ambrosius

Performed by Marilynn Mair, mandolin; Stephen Rollins, guitar
Recorded in concert, March 9, 2002, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Steve is an excellent guitarist who I played with in Ottawa a number of times.  This piece is a longtime favorite, first recorded on my very first LP, years ago.

Posted August 31st, 2010

Fantasia – Will Ayton

Performed by Enigmatica
Recorded in concert, June 21, 2005, AMGuSS
      Fantasia - Ayton
Enigmatica did go on to record this piece on their 2nd CD, but this was its debut performance and I think shows the beauty and power of Will’s composition.

Posted August 30th, 2010

Wedding Hoedown (for Suzanne) – Marilynn Mair

Performed by Marilynn Mair, mandolin; Alex Wohlhueter, electric bass
Performed in the Three Dances 3rd Birthday Show in Minneapolis MN, March 4, 2004
      Suzanne's Wedding Hoedown
This is the last movement of “3-4-3,” a piece I wrote for Three Dances. Alex Wohlhueter, a Minneapolis bassist and web designer par excellence, played the show with me, and we recorded at a friend’s studio the next day. I include it here because, really, where else would you hear it?

Posted August 20th, 2010

Tootsie Roll – Marilynn Mair

Performed by Clean & Friendly, with Linda Neves, lead vocal, backed by Marilynn Mair, Brinsley Davis, Ellen Santaniello, Nate Davis, Jeremy Woodward, and Mark Davis.
Recorded live at AS220, Providence RI, on Mother’s Day, 1996
      Tootsie Roll
This family-&-friends rock band was a fun side project for a couple of years before my daughter left for college. I wrote this tune for the 100th birthday of the Tootsie Roll.

Posted August 15th, 2010
  • "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 é uma bandolinista americana de formação erudita" -- Paulo Eduardo Neves, Agenda do Samba Choro (Brasil)
    "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)
    "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 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)
    "She’s a fabulous player with a wonderfully clear and lyrical sound." – The Ottawa Citizen (Canada)
    "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 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)
    "Marilynn Mair lives up to her reputation as an excellent mandolinist, with clear tone, a beautiful tremolo, and creative expressiveness." – Zupfmusik Magazin (Germany)
    "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)
    "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 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)
    "Mair travels by mandolin to Brazil and brilliance... her commitment to the music shines through." - Rick Massimo, The Providence Journal