Marilynn on Mandolin #34 ~ July/Aug 2010

Yes I know I’m late. Sorry. I really did start to write this newsletter in early July, but have been waiting ever since for my webmaster to update my website, so I’d have somewhere to refer you for more info. Alas, she seems to have disappeared, so I am proceeding here w/out back-up. Anyone who knows how to get access to one’s own webpage to move & update it, please let me know, but I digress…

AMGuSS in June was a wonderful week. Longtime students returned from across the country, and new students arrived for the AMGuSS experience. Great classes, concerts, amazing student chamber ensembles and a stellar AMGO performance made it a week to remember. And as we unplug from our last-week-in-June format we are looking forward to a whole new look. The American Mandolin & Guitar Suitcase Seminars is now accepting bookings for on-site weekend workshops. So think about inviting us to your neighborhood for a short stay. And we’re planning a series of weekends in Rhode Island as well. The first will be February 26-28, 2010. Mark your calendars– more details will be upcoming.

THE BLUE HOUSE ~ is the name of Enigmatica’s 2nd and defining CD, that was released in late June with a debut concert at AMGuSS. The disc includes music from some of our favorite composer friends— Ann Carr Boyd, Will Ayton, Adam Larrabee, John Goodin— plus the piece that made me fall in love w/ mandolin decades ago— Chacarera from Suite Argentina– along with music from Brazil, Cuba, and Stravinsky (really, the man should be considered a country). The CD is not up on my webpage, alas, due to my missing webmaster, but you can place an order from my webpage for any CD and just tell me in your comments that you really want “The Blue House” and I’ll send it. Yes, dumb, but it will work. You can also buy “The Blue House” on the CD Baby and Elderly Music websites. It’s an extraordinary release from a group with a firm vision of what 21st century mandolin is all about. “Chacarera” is up on the Mandolin Café webpage, if you want to listen:

UPCOMING CONCERTS ~ This will be your only notice since my webpage concert calendar hasn’t been updated lately, so I’ll put full info here.

This Sunday, September 27, I’m joining with 7 other music faculty @ RWU for our 1st annual Fall Faculty Concert. You’ll hear mandolin on pieces by Will Ayton and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, along with music from Handel to Gilbert & Sullivan. All this & snacks, and it’s free. 2:00 PM Sunday at the RWU Performing Arts Center, Bristol RI.

On Sunday, October 25 at the same location, you can hear Enigmatica perform, along w/ Mair & Martel, the Cajun band Magnolia, and the bluegrass band The Pegheads. The “October String Fest” will run from noon until 3:00, and admission is free.

At the end of October I’m flying to Dayton, Ohio, to perform for the Classical Mandolin Society of America. I’m also running their 2-day Teachers’ Workshop, focusing on my method book, “The Complete Mandolinist”. More info here:

MY NEW BRASILEIRO RECORDING ~ My new solo CD, “Meu Bandolim,” is almost ready to ship to the manufacturer, and I will have it in time for CMSA. I’ve been recording live with Brasileiros on tour– Trio Águamarina for an afternoon last October, pianist Luiz Simas for an evening in April, and I finished up the disc recording w/ my band Água no Feijåo in Rio in June. The CD features choro written by bandolimists, including 4 of my own pieces. It’ll be my first Brazilian recording since I began my life in Rio, and my playing has really changed, becoming more idiomatic each time I return. You’ll hear the results of my Rio adventure soon! More info next month…

CELEBRATING A YEAR ~ I continue to keep my daily blog of photos, sonnets, and ideas going, and on October 16th will reach the one year mark. Almost 2000 people have visited, and if you want to read & check out the photos it’s here: I’ve heard from some of you who are scrolling back to the beginning to read the posts in order, which I think is really cool. I’m having fun with this project and I hope you are too! Check it out and let me know what you think, and send me a comment on whether you think I should end it on October 16th, or continue on to celebrate another year. I’m going to see what the voting indicates before deciding what to do.

The next issue of “MARILYNN ON MANDOLIN” will be out in October. I hope to see some of you @ CMSA, or those of you who live nearby this Sunday or October 25 @ RWU. If you’re in neither category just get yourself a copy of the new Enigmatica CD—you won’t be sorry!

Fall is lovely here in New England, although such a busy time. When I send this next I hope all the uncertainties of the past couple of months will be resolved, I’ll have a new CD in hand, an updated webpage to refer you to, and new adventures planned.

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

    “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)

    “A sparkling concert… absolutely brilliant!”

    – Guitar Magazine (England)

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

    – Mike Caito, Providence Phoenix (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 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)

    “Marilynn Mair é uma bandolinista americana de formação erudita”

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

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

    – Rick Massimo, The Providence Journal

    “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)

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

    – The Ottawa Citizen (Canada)

    “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)

    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 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)