Marilynn on Mandolin #2 ~ Jan/Feb 2004


June 21-27, 2004 ~ Save the dates for our 19th year! Check the website for the new information, fees, and a downloadable application. Brochures will be sent out soon. If you want to receive one and haven’t attended AMGuSS before, email your ground-mail address to email hidden; JavaScript is required.


EVAN MARSHALL, California mandolinist extraordinaire, Evan will play the Friday night concert, give workshops on technique & duo-style mandolin, and introduce his new mandolin method books. He’ll also play the Hummel Mandolin Concerto w/ the American Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra, a group that could include you, if you decide to join us as a student for AMGuSS 2004.

THE FABULOUS AMGuSS FACULTY from 2003 will be back as well:
– Bob Sullivan (AMGO conductor, teaching guitar, mandolin, mandola, mando-cello, coaching chamber music, and performing);
– Ralph Costanza (Registrar, teaching mandolin, coaching beginners in chamber music, and performing);
– Bob Asprinio (teaching mandola and mandocello, coaching chamber music, and performing);
– and yours truly, teaching mandolin, giving workshops in Brazilian music, coaching chamber music, and performing, of course.

ALSO NEW FOR AMGuSS 2004~ the multi-talented Adam Larrabee will be joining our faculty roster. Adam is a jazz guitarist who also plays mandolin and mandocello. He’ll teach all of that, give workshops in jazz theory and chord voicing, coach, and perform.


I’m thrilled to be part of the CoMando “Best” list for “Best Classical Recording,” “Best Choro Recording,” “Best CGOW,” (Celebrity Guest of the Week) and (what does this mean?) “Best Girl”. Thanks, y’all!

MY 2nd WEEK AS CGOW in December was just as much fun as the first in July. You can check out nearly 100 Q&A online from both sessions here.


I put my Brazilian choro articles online this fall, and have been adding new articles on Brazilian music, and mandolin technique since. I’ll continue to add articles this month, so check back to see what’s new.


I was invited to play with the Gardner Chamber Ensemble for their “Vivaldi in the Courtyard” Series at The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, in Boston, on December 20. Bob Sullivan and I played the two solo mandolin parts for Vivaldi’s “Molti Strumenti” concerto, under the direction of Paula Robison, renown flutist. Great fun! Sean Winkler & I wrapped up 2003 w/ an SRO performance at Blithewold Mansion, in Bristol, RI, on December 28th.


January and February are traditionally the months I make time for new musical projects and work on writing/arranging. This year I’m working on a new piece, “3-4-3 (3/4),” a short suite for mandolin, bass, and percussion, that I’ve been commissioned to write for the 3rd anniversary of “Three Dances,” a Minneapolis dance group. The premiere will be March 4th. (So now you may understand the title.) My octet Enigmatica is rehearsing intensely, refining pieces for our first CD, to be recorded this spring, and also preparing for the premiere, on March 12, of a new piece written for us by Boston composer, Pamela Marshall. There are other plans afoot, but they’re not ready for print just yet…


The Winter issues should be in the mail, so hang tight. My Mandolin Quarterly “Choro Connection” column for the new issue is on Chiquina Gonzaga, 19th-century composer and innovator in the style. The music example is her composition, “Nao Se Impressione” (Don’t Be Impressed). I’ve also compiled a “Choro Top 40” list for 1902-1932. My column for Mandolin Magazine, “A Classical Approach,” is on expressive tremolo, and features the music for “Celeste Aida” by Guiseppe Verdi, in lead-sheet format. You can subscribe to either magazine on the Mandolin Cafe website.


I’d love to hear from you. If you know anyone who would like to get this update, have them send me their email. And thanks for reading!

I’ll send the next issue of “MARILYNN ON MANDOLIN” in a couple of months. In the meantime, stay warm, play music, and don’t forget to sign up for AMGuSS– it looks like 2004 will be a great year!


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