Marilynn on Mandolin #25 ~ Nov/Dec 2007


It’s happening this Sunday — 3:00 is the time, Perishable Theatre, Empire Street in Providence is the place. If you’ve been wondering why I’m so in love with Rio’s roda da choro, you can see for yourself. I’m running one in Providence as part of my Live/Whirled series. The featured guest artists are some of my favorite choristas in New England– Judy Handler & Mark Levesque who play guitars and bandolim, & Tom Rohde, solo guitar. They’ll each play a set of choro to inspire, and then anyone who brings an instrument can join in for a traditional roda. Lead sheets (tune + chord symbols) will be provided and I’ll have transposed versions for Bb instruments as well. If you don’t play you can still sip on a beer, or beverage of choice, and enjoy the muito legal (very cool) music of this Rio event. Admission is a mere $8. Join us!


I’m playing some fun social music gigs in December. On Saturdays Dec. 1st and Dec. 8th, I’ll be playing classical- Brazilian- Christmas- & original music with Bob Martel, one of my favorite guitarists, at the new L.L. Bean store in Mansfield MA. We’ll be playing there from noon to 3:00PM, so stop by to listen and shop. And Enigmatica will play our annual gig @ Blithewold Mansion in Bristol RI on Wednesday, Dec. 5 @ 6:30 PM. The house is always beautifully decorated for the season, and this has become an holiday tradition for many.


My students at RWU featured me in one of the weekly segents of “The Feed,” an on-campus video news project. The 3-minute interview, interspersed w/ me playing “Cochichando,” is up on YouTube, and also currently featured on my webpage. I’m absolutely tickled at how it came out, and they’re thrilled that it’s been getting worldwide exposure. Check it out!


September & October were a riot of music-making starting with my incredibly-fun “Saudades do Rio” concert w/ slideshow @ RWU, and continuing with the Cape Cod Mandolin Festivel/Camp, and the New England Mandolin Ensemble’s tour w/ Carlo Aonzo. All was fabulous and I got to see so many of you. It reminded me why I’m glad to live here in New England for the biggest part of my life.

RIO in 2008

And for the rest of my life I’m deliriously happy to live in Rio de Janeiro. My 2008 schedule has me there for most of January, half of March and April, and half of June and July into August. My band, Agua no Feijao, is recording in January as soon as I get back down there, so I am excited, and learning new rep for that. And of course there will be rodas, and lessons w/ Joel Nascimento, and Choro School– I’m so glad to have a life there.


Is still not in my hands, sigh… I finally got the blue line last week, and Jacque & I edited non-stop and sent it back Monday. But there were corrections, and now Mel Bay doubts it will be out in December. January is hopeful. So I’m sorry about the empty spot in y’alls’ Christmas stockings. But it will be around forever so we should take the time to get it right.


AMGuSS is hosting a winter week-end February 29 to March 2. There will be classes, rehearsals, and the focus will be on AMGO, the American Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra. Everyone there will play in AMGO, music will be sent out ahead of time, and the week-end will end with an AMGO concert on Sunday afternoon. There will also be an optional full day of workshops on Friday, February 29, that will provide a hands-on walk through the materials in my mandolin method led by Ralph Costanza and me, and a masterclass w/ Robert Paul Sullivan for guitarists. We are currently scouting a location in the Boston area. Please email hidden; JavaScript is required if you are interested in attending, so we can have a ballpark count for the hotel, and to reserve yourself a spot. May be a good Christmas present for your list! Info will be up on the website right after Thanksgiving.


Will not meet this year. We are taking a sabbatical, trying out new ideas in a couple of week-end sessions (Feb. 29 – Mar. 2, and another one TBA) and plan to be back some June down the road with a new plan. Just not in 2008.


I’ve just signed up to teach one week @ SummerKeys this year, in scenic Lubec, Maine. I’ll be there the week of Augst 18, and can accept 6 students. I can’t schedule a 2nd week this year, so act quickly if you want in on this one.


It’s not up on my website yet, but I wanted y’all to be the first to know. In support of our beloved colleague Butch Baldassari’s fight to win back his health & get that mandolin back in his hands, I’m donating all proceeds from my December CD sales — at gigs or online — to his medical fund. So give cool music to your friends & help Butch — it’s a win/win situation. We all love Butch all the time, but the holiday season seems like a good time to shine a little extra light his way.

The next issue of “MARILYNN ON MANDOLIN” will be out in January, and will come your way from sunny Rio.

So have a great holiday season with your loved ones, & be sure to eat too much pie– when else do you get the chance! I count myself so lucky to have y’all in my world, and look forward to seeing you on Sunday, in December, or Feb./March, or whenever else our paths may cross. beijos,


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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)

    “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)

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

    – The Ottawa Citizen (Canada)

    “Marilynn Mair é uma bandolinista americana de formação erudita”

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

    “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

    “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)

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

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

    – Zupfmusik Magazin (Germany)

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

    – Lincoln Center Out-Of-Doors (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)

    “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)

    “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)

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

    – Rick Massimo, The Providence Journal