Of Note

3rd Mel Bay Mandolin Session is now up online

The June-July edition of Mandolin Sessions is up, with Marilynn’s article, “A Syncopated Twist on Chromatic Scales”. It’s the first article taken from her Brazilian Choro book, with an essay on playing chromatic passages, the sheet-music for an exercise from the book and a recording with Marilynn playing it. If you are enjoying Marilynn’s articles on Mandolin Sessions, please leave a comment or let Mel Bay know. Enjoy!… Read More »

Posted June 13th, 2011

CMSA review for “The Complete Mandolinist”

The Mandolin Journal, magazine of the Classical Mandolin Society of America, just published a glowing review of “The Complete Mandolinist,” Marilynn’s mandolin method. An excerpt– “This well thought out book reflects the depth and scope of Ms Mair’s training and artistry and is the product of a lifetime of experience with the classical mandolin…. sure to become the standard in the US. Bravo!”
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Posted April 13th, 2011

Chorinho no Forte and more

Carnaval is over and fall rodas start today, as the seasons are reversed here from those in the USA. Marilynn begins her autumn rodas by playing @ Forte Copacabana (info RH column). The EPM Saturday Choro school starts next week as Rio settles into the start of its academic year. Upcoming roda information will be posted in the calendar as it becomes available.… Read More »

Posted March 13th, 2011

Carnaval in Rio

Marilynn is back in Rio for March, right now experiencing her first Carnaval. Nothing else is happening in all of Brasil until next Wednesday. You can see her daily posts and pictures here.… Read More »

Posted March 5th, 2011

1000 posts

I just wrote the 1000th post on my blog Celebrating A Year. For two years and four months I’ve posted a photograph and a thought or poem every day. And for the past several months I’ve posted an mp3 of my music every week as well. Check it out! Here’s the photo that went with post 999.… Read More »

Posted February 16th, 2011

Mel Bay Mandolin Sessions

Marilynn has just written her first article for Mel Bay’s online publication “Mandolin Sessions”. Check out her explanation and mp3 recording for “Integrating a Variety of Rhythms” in the February/March issue.… Read More »

Posted February 8th, 2011

Brazilian review for Marilynn’s Choro Book

Fernando Duarte’s webpage Bandolim.net has posted a review of the new Choro book. “Mais do que um método de bandolim, o trabalho é um guia para quem quer conhecer o sotaque e as especificidades do choro.” [More than a method for bandolim, the work is a guide for those who want to learn the (Brazilian) accent and characteristics of Choro]. Interested? Read more…Read More »

Posted January 31st, 2011

A new online article on Marilynn

Blogger par excellence Jamie Dedes has written a very interesting article on Marilynn’s music and writing in her SATURDAY REVIEW column. Not too many people put these two sides of Marilynn together, but Jamie has done an excellent job, including links to music, articles, and a couple of videos. Whatever you know, you’ll find out something new about Marilynn here in Jamie’s article.

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Posted December 5th, 2010

It’s out! the new Brazilian Choro book

Marilynn & Paulo’s new Choro book was published by Mel Bay in November. You can order it here: Brazilian Choro – A Method for Mandolin or read more about it here. The book takes key concepts from the unwritten performance practice of Choro and creates a series of original exercises to teach the style, not simply the tunes. Music is placed in the context of its history, with pictures of Choro groups and rodas, and the book is bilingual, … Read More »

Posted November 15th, 2010

Herb Taylor, luthier

In addition to broadening my pick horizons, CMSA also introduced me to Herb Taylor, luthier extraordinaire. And although I really do have all the instruments I need, I fell in love with the sound of his octave mandolin and was considering a purchase when it was sold to another.  I’m definitely not a fan of unrequited love, so I now have an instrument on order from Herb, due for delivery in January. I’ll let you know when it arrives. In … Read More »

Posted November 5th, 2010
  • "A brilliant concert from beginning to end…The performance was extraordinary." – La Rioja (Spain)
    "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)
    "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)
    "A sparkling concert… absolutely brilliant!" – Guitar Magazine (England)
    "Marilynn Mair lives up to her reputation as an excellent mandolinist, with clear tone, a beautiful tremolo, and creative expressiveness." – Zupfmusik Magazin (Germany)
    "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)
    "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 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)
    "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 on mandolin...touches the deepest and most engaging reaches of the ancient and passionate 'Latin soul'. - Carlos Agudelo, Billboard Magazine
    "She’s a fabulous player with a wonderfully clear and lyrical sound." – The Ottawa Citizen (Canada)
    "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)