Of Note

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.

Saturday, November 5 @ 7:30 the Duo will perform as part of the Brazilian Music Foundation’s II Read More »

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

Joy for all!

cdjoyAnd Marilynn’s Holiday CD special… Buy any of MM’s solo CDs and get a copy of the perennial holiday favorite “The Sounding Joy” for free. Just write FREEJOY in the comment section of your order. Limit of 1 free CD per order. Offer runs until December 21st.… Read More »

Posted December 7th, 2014

Enigmatica @ Blithewold 12/21

enigmatica1Your favorite plucked-string octet will be playing @ Blithewold on December 21st. Click the concert link in the right hand column for time and directions or go here. Enigmatica’s CD special will be honored in person at the gig. And you can get it signed!… Read More »

Posted December 7th, 2014

December 1-3: CD Baby will ship Enigmatica CDs for 1¢

Starting December 1, 2014 (Cyber Monday), and running for 3 days, CD Baby will take the hit on shipping costs to encourage music fans to buy more Enigmatica CDs from CD Baby. It doesn’t matter if you order 1 CD or 100, standard shipping – domestic AND international – will be 1¢ TOTAL. And of course, you’ll get them in time for the holidays.

Here’s the link to Enigmatica’s CD Baby page. Enjoy your savings!… Read More »

Posted November 8th, 2014

Marilynn & Luiz – Together Again, one show only.

Luiz+MMairMarilynn wlll be joining Luiz Simas for a concert on Sunday, September 28 at 5:00 PM at the Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham MA. The duo will perform Brazilian Choro and their original Brazilian-style compositions. … Read More »

Posted September 20th, 2014

Marilynn in London ~August 2014

mmBRASAMarilynn finished out her summer presenting a paper at the Brazilian Studies Association congress, held this year in London. Her paper, “The French Connection – from Chopin to Choro and Back Again” was part of a panel on Tracking Influence in Brazilian Music. There were over 800 participants in London for the 4-day event, making this the largest Brazilian studies conference ever held outside Brazil.… Read More »

Posted September 20th, 2014

Enigmatica has a new CD coming – October 2014.

enigmatica1Enigmatica has a new CD! ENIGMATICA3 – New American Music for Mandolin Ensemble. The disc marks Enigmatica’s 15th anniversary, and features music from band members Catherine Hawkes, Robert N. Martel, and Marilynn, and works written by Will Ayton, Jim Dalton, Radim Zenkl, and Evelyn Tiffany-Castiglione.… Read More »

Posted September 20th, 2014
  • "A sparkling concert… absolutely brilliant!" – Guitar Magazine (England)
    "Marilynn Mair é uma bandolinista americana de formação erudita" -- Paulo Eduardo Neves, Agenda do Samba Choro (Brasil)
    "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 on mandolin...touches the deepest and most engaging reaches of the ancient and passionate 'Latin soul'. - Carlos Agudelo, Billboard Magazine
    "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)
    "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)
    "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 lives up to her reputation as an excellent mandolinist, with clear tone, a beautiful tremolo, and creative expressiveness." – Zupfmusik Magazin (Germany)
    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 performs Brazilian mandolin music... she plays the mandolin as an instrument for all occasions." – Vaughn Watson, The Providence Journal (USA)
    "She’s a fabulous player with a wonderfully clear and lyrical sound." – The Ottawa Citizen (Canada)
    "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
    "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)
    "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)