Of Note

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,
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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

Enigmatica at Blithewold ~ December 3 @ 3:00 PM

enigmatica1Enigmatica will be giving its annual holiday concert at Blithewold Mansion in Bristol RI. Seating is limited, and the concert is included with admission to the beautifully decorated house and gardens. You can reserve a seat at the Blithewold webpage.Read More »

Posted November 11th, 2016

Marilynn & Luiz – One concert left– this week-end!

Slide1Marilynn and her longtime duo partner, Luiz Simas, piano, will be performing twice in the next few weeks.

Sunday, October 23 @ 2:00 on the campus of Roger Williams University, the Duo will give a concert to celebrate Marilynn’s transition form Professor of Music to fulltime musician, author, and composer. Marilynn has written 3 new choro that will have their premier performaces.

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Posted October 31st, 2016

Enigmatica @ Blithewold ~ December 3, 2016

enigmatica1 Start your holiday season with music! Come see Enigmatica’s popular annual holiday concert @ Blithewold Mansion on Saturday, December 3, 2016 @ 3:00. We’re playing music from our three CDs and seasonal music for Hanukkah, Christmas, and the New Year. You can get more information and make reservations here.Read More »

Posted November 30th, 2015

Back to Rio

R's bday & Sta teresa roda 016What’s better than a couple of weeks in Rio’s summer this time of year! Marilynn will be playing in rodas, researching new tunes, writing some herself, and enjoying all the music the city has to offer. You can get read updates & see photos on her personal blog Celebrating a Year.Read More »

Posted December 27th, 2014
  • "Marilynn Mair lives up to her reputation as an excellent mandolinist, with clear tone, a beautiful tremolo, and creative expressiveness." – Zupfmusik Magazin (Germany)
    "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)
    "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 é uma bandolinista americana de formação erudita" -- Paulo Eduardo Neves, Agenda do Samba Choro (Brasil)
    "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)
    "Mair is unstoppable… capable of evoking any landscape, past or present, you’d care to conjure." – Mike Caito, 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)
    Marilynn Mair on mandolin...touches the deepest and most engaging reaches of the ancient and passionate 'Latin soul'. - Carlos Agudelo, Billboard Magazine
    "A brilliant concert from beginning to end…The performance was extraordinary." – La Rioja (Spain)
    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)
    "She’s a fabulous player with a wonderfully clear and lyrical sound." – The Ottawa Citizen (Canada)
    "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)