Of Note

Celebrating Will Ayton

rwuwillhsSunday April 27 @ 2:00 PM Marilynn, Enigmatica, and almost 50 musicians will gather on campus for a gala concert and reception honoring the long teaching career of retiring Professor of Music, and composer extraordinaire, Will Ayton. Download the poster with all the info here: ayton5.… Read More »

Posted April 26th, 2014

Ask Marilynn

From the mailbox:

Sometimes a letter arrives that says so much about Marilynn’s work:
Dear Marilynn,
I last communicated with you some time ago when I was seeking advice on acquiring a passable(or any) tremolo. This was after collating your on-line advice from the internet and any hard copy that I could get. … Read More »

Posted February 6th, 2014


A February Night in Brazil

Luiz+MMairSaturday February 8, 2014 at 8pm

Luiz Simas with
special guest Marilynn Mair
at Amazing Things

160 Hollis St. (Rt 126)
Framingham, MA 01702

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Posted January 3rd, 2014


A February Afternoon of Plucked Strings

Sunday, February 9 @ 2:00 PM
Marilynn will perform her original works and the music of Ernesto Nazareth, Lou Harrison and others, with Luis Simas, piano, and Enigmatica, a mandolin octet.… Read More »

Posted January 3rd, 2014

Rio, September – December, 2013

MomentoMarilynn returned mid-December from a month in Rio, writing and playing music, and moving her research ahead as part of her autumn sabbatical. This was her second trip to Brazil this fall. She performed in the Momento Rio Bandolim 2013 festival in September, stayed into October, and returned in November. Always a time of musical renewal, this fall has produced several new pieces that will be part of Marilynn’s CD of original music set for release in 2014.… Read More »

Posted December 12th, 2013

SummerKeys 2014 – Register Now!

SKstudent concertCome join us  July 7 – 11, 2014 for the Mandolin & Guitar Ensemble Week at SummerKeys. We are the only mandolin or guitar summer school that combines daily private lessons with workshops and a directed all-school ensemble. Information on “Mandolin in Ensemble Week,” with Marilynn and Ralph Costanza, and “Guitar in Ensemble Week,” with Robert N. Martel, is available here. … Read More »

Posted December 1st, 2013

Leone, Fouchetti, Denis, Branzoli, Odell

leone01-1If you missed buying the Minkoff edition of the first three 18th-century mandolin methods, or would like a copy of Branzoli’s 19th-century method, or Odell’s quintessential early 20th century mandolin method, you are in luck. Out of print and in the public domain, they are now available as downloads for a very reasonable price, along with other music for mandolin and guitar, from Michael Reichenbach.… Read More »

Posted August 31st, 2013

EventsIn Concert

Catherine Hawkes with Enigmatica

Enigmatica will be playing two concertos– one Baroque and one contemporary– with recorder player Catherine Hawkes at Roger Williams University on Sunday, March 24, 2013 @ 2:00 PM. Admission free. For more information 401-254-3626.… Read More »

Posted January 29th, 2013

Inspiration from Rio

mm_bandolim2Marilynn has started work on a new recording of Brazilian music to be released in 2014. The CD features 6 of her new “hybrid choro,” written in Rio in 2012. The tunes draw inspiration from the sources of Marilynn’s musical styles– classical, jazz, and Choro, and end up in a place that only she could get to. Imagine a bossa nova based on Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, or a Brazilian take on George Gershwin’s “Summertime”. … Read More »

Posted January 29th, 2013

wrap-up: Marilynn @ CMSA, October 3-7, 2012

The annual convention of the Classical Mandolin Society of America, held this year in Minneapolis, was great! Lots of good music– amateur and professional– and Marilynn’s new trio with Chris Olson, guitar, and Jack Litzau, bass, soared to must-be-repeated status. Lots of folks from all over the world gave Marilynn great feed-back on her method books and CDs, and her newly written hybrid Choro. V.cool. A really good week-end– thanks to Lou Choinard and the Minneapolis Mandolin Orchestra for … Read More »

Posted October 12th, 2012
  • "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)
    "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 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)
    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)
    "Marilynn Mair é uma bandolinista americana de formação erudita" -- Paulo Eduardo Neves, Agenda do Samba Choro (Brasil)
    "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)
    "Mair travels by mandolin to Brazil and brilliance... her commitment to the music shines through." - Rick Massimo, The Providence Journal
    "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)
    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 is unstoppable… capable of evoking any landscape, past or present, you’d care to conjure." – Mike Caito, Providence Phoenix (USA)
    "A sparkling concert… absolutely brilliant!" – Guitar Magazine (England)
    "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)
    "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)