Marilynn on Mandolin #10 ~ May/June 2005


This issue of the newsletter was delayed for a couple of reasons, most recently a 2-week trip to Australia, my first time down under. It was a tour w/ students from RWU, but I did manage to squeeze in a lovely evening on Sydney w/ composer Ann Carr Boyd. Definitely a place to return.


You can now see some pics of my wonderful visit to Brazil in my new webpage photo log. I’ve been working my way through the many CDs & books I brought back & musical results will begin to be seen next week at…

AMGuSS 2005

It’s the 20th year! We completely filled up by May and had to go over a couple to make room for a couple of regulars. For those of you in the New England area, here’s a run-down of our concerts, all open to the public:

Tuesday, June 21 at 8:00 PM
Performing Arts Center, Roger Williams University,
Bristol RI · Admission free

The program includes Brazilian, Classical, and Contemporary music for mandolin duo & ensemble, by Villa Lobos, Pixinguinha, Bartok, Stravinsky, and others, including the premiere of newcompositions by David Hahn, John Goodin, and Enigmatica’s own, Adam Larrabee.

Wednesday, June 22 at 8:00 PM
Performing Arts Center, Roger Williams University,
Bristol RI · Admission $10

Bluegrass, Classical, Klezmer, Brazilian – Barry Mitterhoff has refused to be limited by the constraints of any one musical style. Based in NYC and currently touring with Jorma Kaukonen in “Hot Tuna,” Barry will present his eclectic mix of music in a rare solo program, ably assisted by long-time friend, guitarist, Joe Selly.

Thursday, June 23 at 8:00 PM
Performing Arts Center, Roger Williams University,
Bristol RI · Admission free

A concert of the AMGuSS faculty & friends, featuring: Robert Paul Sullivan, Ralph Costanza, Thomas E. Greene, Adam Larrabee, John McGann, Josh Tower, Marilynn Mair, Rich Del Grosso, and Robert Martel.

Saturday, June 25 at 8:00 PM
Performing Arts Center, Roger Williams University,
Bristol RI · Admission by donation
(Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the American Mandolin & Guitar Summer School Scholarship Fund)

The American Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra, celebrating its 20th year, is a preeminent 60-member group of musicians from across the United States and Canada, conducted by Robert Paul Sullivan. The program features American and European compositions highlighting the long history of plucked-string music, and new compositions by area composers Will Ayton and Robert Martel.


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!

The next issue of “MARILYNN ON MANDOLIN” will be out in July 2005, and will feature a full wrap-up of AMGuSS 20 & a look at upcoming events for fall. Until then, enjoy the solstice, and I hope to see some of you at our concerts next week!


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  • “A sparkling concert… absolutely brilliant!”

    – Guitar Magazine (England)

    “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)

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

    – Mike Caito, 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)

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

    – Zupfmusik Magazin (Germany)

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

    – Carlos Agudelo, Billboard Magazine

    “Marilynn Mair é uma bandolinista americana de formação erudita”

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

    “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 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)

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

    – Rick Massimo, The Providence Journal

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

    – Lincoln Center Out-Of-Doors (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)

    “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)

    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)