Marilynn on Mandolin #31 ~ Nov/Dec 2008

COMING ON SUNDAY ~ LIVE/WHIRLED! ~ The 3rd season of Live/Whirled, my Interactive Music Series @ Perishable Theatre begins this Sunday, November 16 @ 5:00 PM with “Avant-Whirled,” featuring the Gillen Street Project— Bert Crenca (flute, percussion, voice), Tony Teixeira (bass, voice), Susan Clausen (banjo, ukulele, voice), and Nisha Purushotham (percussion, voice). Admission is $8, and any donations to support the series are also appreciated. You can be a “Friend” for a mere $10; a “Fan” for a $25 donation (includes a concert ticket & a thank-you CD); or “The Coolest” for $50 (includes a 4-concert series ticket and a CD).

The series continues with a bluegrass concert by the Pegheads in December, a Brazilian concert by Choro Democratico in February, and a multi-media mandolin concert by me in March. I’ve attached a series flyer with info on the musicians, how to reserve tickets, and how to donate. Hope to see those of you who live nearby on Sunday!

MORE MUSIC IN NOVEMBER ~ I performed the past two Sundays w/ guitarist/composer Robert N. Martel, presenting our own compositions for the first time as a duo. The concerts were fun and our audiences gave our music high marks.

Coming up, my octet Enigmatica will perform for the “Arts in the Village” series in Rehoboth MA on Saturday, November 22. We’ll play Baroque, Brazilian, and Contemporary music, as always, with a splash of Cuba and Argentina, and music by our friends Will Ayton and Ann Carr Boyd. Enigmatica will also give our annual holiday concert at Blithewold Mansion on Saturday, December 6, There’s more information on upcoming events on my webpage calendar: /concert_schedule.shtml

ÁGUA No FEIJAO’S CD IS A HIT! ~ “Roda no Rio,” is out and getting rave reviews! It’s up on my website CD store now @ / and for those of you who live outside the US, Elderly Instruments has it in their online catalog as well. The CD is mainly choro, from our perspective, and includes “Por Que Nao” [Why Not?] a piece I wrote for the band. It’s a fun CD, and may fill in the blanks for those of you who have been wondering what I do in Rio.

AMGuSS 2009 ~ Well, we’ve had our sabbatical, and missed you all, so Ralph & I & the faculty are planning to be back in action this summer. I’ll have specific dates soon and will be sending out a special announcement about the new look of our classic at the beginning of December.

CELEBRATING A YEAR ~ I’m writing an online blog for the first time ever, as a way to keep creativity front and center in my life, despite obligations of teaching and life in general. I started on my birthday in October, and now am thinking out loud, taking photos, and writing sonnets and new choro on a regular schedule for a whole year. Curious? Check out my progress to date @

The next issue of “MARILYNN ON MANDOLIN” will be out in January, and will come to you from sunny Rio. It will be great to be back there in their summer (our winter), but I have to admit it’s been pretty great to be in RI this autumn too. I’m lucky to be able to live in two worlds, at least part-time.

Hope you have great holidays with friends, family, food, and our favorite instrument. Playing hot music is a cool way to head into the new year. And back issues of my newsletter are archived on the website @ /newsletters.shtml if you want to catch up on your reading…

Posted December 8th, 2008. Bookmark the permalink. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.
  • “A lovely concert! We estimate your spell-bound and enthusiastic audience at close to 1800 people…”

    – Lincoln Center Out-Of-Doors (USA)

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

    “A sparkling concert… absolutely brilliant!”

    – Guitar Magazine (England)

    “Marilynn Mair performs Brazilian mandolin music… she plays the mandolin as an instrument for all occasions.”
    – Vaughn Watson, The Providence Journal (USA)

    “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)

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

    – Rick Massimo, The Providence Journal

    “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)

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

    – Carlos Agudelo, Billboard Magazine

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

    – Mike Caito, Providence Phoenix (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)

    “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 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)

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

    – The Ottawa Citizen (Canada)

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

    – Zupfmusik Magazin (Germany)