Of Note

Playing Birdland

Marilynn had the opportunity to play on the famous stage of NYC’s Birdland jazz club in February as a special guest of Luiz Simas, Brazilian pianist and composer, her longtime musical collaborator. She played his lovely “Meu Bandolim,” that Luiz wrote for her early on in their partnership. The hall was packed and the program was amazing. Such a mid-winter  thrill!… Read More »

Posted March 19th, 2018

Jacob do Bandolim’ 100th birthday!

To celebrate Jacob do Bandolim’s 100th birthday and Valentine’s Day (USA)—February 14th, 2018— my love Paul and I played: Assanhado, Benzinho, Bola Preta, Bole Bole, Diabinho Maluco, Doce do Coco, Falta-me Voce, Feitico, Ginga do Mane, Gostosinho, Implicante, Migalhas de Amor, Noites Cariocas, Receita de Samba, Reminiscencias, Santa Morena, Simplicidade, Vibracoes, and Voo da Mosca on bandolim and 7-corde.

Happy Jacob Centenary to everyone I have ever played his music with!… Read More »

Posted February 14th, 2018

Wishing you a peaceful holiday!

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Posted December 20th, 2017

Register for AMGuSS 2018 online

You can now register online for AMGuSS 2018 by clicking this link.

Or email Fran Rivkin, Registrar, at email hidden; JavaScript is required /* */ on how to pay by mail.… Read More »

Posted December 14th, 2017

Enigmatica’s Annual Blithewold Concert

Enigmatica gives its annual gift of music to the community on Saturday, December 9, at 3:00 PM, returning to Blithewold’s “Music in the Living Room” holiday series. Enigmatica donates its concert of Baroque, world and seasonal music to benefit Blithewold, so the music is free with admission to the mansion. This event is part of many folks’ holiday tradition, so we suggest you reserve a seat online for a couple of bucks extra, and arrive early.… Read More »

Posted November 28th, 2017

Bach to the Future! Friday!

No automatic alt text available.Enigmatica is one of 40+ groups playing at the 5th annual Bach marathon in Providence RI, on Friday, November 17. The event runs from 7:00 PM to 7:00 AM, and the octet is on at 7:30, playing Marilynn’s arrangements of several of Bach’s Goldberg variations, originally written for harpsichord. It’s at Manning Chapel on the Brown University campus. More info here.Read More »

Posted November 13th, 2017

AMGuSS ~ the 2017 edition

Our American Mandolin & Guitar Summer School, the pioneer of the American mandolin-guitar summer workshop scene came roaring back to the campus of Roger Williams University, in Bristol RI, in June. Pictured are happy campers on deck before their departure. Stay tuned for our announcement of dates for 2018!

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Posted July 18th, 2017

Mandozine Radio Featured Artist ~ January 2017

Marilynn is honored to be the Featured Artist this month on John Baxter’s Mandozine Radio. Check it out!… Read More »

Posted January 18th, 2017

AMGuSS Registration information

Email Registrar Fran Rivkin (email hidden; JavaScript is required /* */ ) for information on paying by check,
or you can pay by credit card by clicking the buttons below:… Read More »

Posted January 18th, 2017


They’re back– Marilynn’s Mel Bay “Mandolin Sessions”

bustommMarilynn wrote 6 articles for Mel Bay’s “Mandolin Session” before the online publication ceased, and though they are not still up on the Mel Bay webpage they were saved by the “Wayback Machine”. Each article is written about one of the exercises from her two method books, and each includes a pdf of the exercise, and an mp3 of Marilynn playing it. All 6 direct links work again, and are listed below– enjoy!

Integrating a Variety of Rhythms

Expressive Tremolo

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Posted January 12th, 2017
  • Marilynn Mair on mandolin...touches the deepest and most engaging reaches of the ancient and passionate 'Latin soul'. - Carlos Agudelo, Billboard Magazine
    "Marilynn Mair performs Brazilian mandolin music... she plays the mandolin as an instrument for all occasions." – Vaughn Watson, The Providence Journal (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)
    "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 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 lovely concert! We estimate your spell-bound and enthusiastic audience at close to 1800 people…" - Lincoln Center Out-Of-Doors (USA)
    "Mair is unstoppable… capable of evoking any landscape, past or present, you’d care to conjure." – Mike Caito, Providence Phoenix (USA)
    "She’s a fabulous player with a wonderfully clear and lyrical sound." – The Ottawa Citizen (Canada)
    "A brilliant concert from beginning to end…The performance was extraordinary." – La Rioja (Spain)
    "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)
    "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 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)
    "Mair travels by mandolin to Brazil and brilliance... her commitment to the music shines through." - Rick Massimo, The Providence Journal
    "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 lives up to her reputation as an excellent mandolinist, with clear tone, a beautiful tremolo, and creative expressiveness." – Zupfmusik Magazin (Germany)