Of Note

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.

For other interviews and articles on Marilynn click this link.Read More »

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

Gary Wagner–The Pick Guy

When I went to CMSA a couple of weeks ago I was not thinking I’d come home with new stuff. But I did– vintage tortoise shell picks. Why, you might ask, when I have a lifetime supply of Pettine picks stashed away? Gary Wagner made his case in the simple effective way of dumping a couple of thicknesses of a special Pettine model on my table and telling me to try them. The pick is a marvel. And before you … Read More »

Posted October 29th, 2010 | 5 Comments

10/25: review of “Celebrating a Year”

Marilynn’s personal blog “Celebrating a Year” is reviewed today in “Review Tuesdays” on Jingle Poetry– a forum she participates in. It’s the 2nd time Marilynn’s work has been chosen for review. A month ago one of her sonnets was chosen “Poem of the Week”. If you want to know more about the artist behind the music click the link to Marilynn’s personal blog in the lower RH column.… Read More »

Posted October 26th, 2010 | Leave a comment

10/18: back from CMSA

The Classical Mandolin Society convention in Seattle was a v.cool few days celebrating the instrument we all love. President Lou Chouinard ran a tight and interesting ship, and we all came away with a bit more information, and some of us with new picks in our pockets, and new instruments on order. So much for resolutions, and more on all this later. Consider signing up for CMSA membership– it’s a great organization with so much potential!… Read More »

Posted October 18th, 2010 | Leave a comment

Alison Stephens RIP 10/10/10

Alison Stephens, the brilliant British mandolinist passed away today after a long fierce fight with cancer. I was proud to call her a friend as well as a colleague, and will always cherish memories of happy hours spent playing music, talking, laughing. She leaves behind a host of impeccable CDs, a series of mandolin editions for Astute Music, memories of exquisite concerts, and the many students she taught at Trinity College of Music. Visit her website for links to her … Read More »

Posted October 11th, 2010 | 2 Comments

A New Look

Longtime readers will notice our page has a new format. Thanks to Alex & Brinsley, of BAD Design, who updated the site adding several new features:
– “Ask Marilynn” archives questions from readers with Marilynn’s answers and a space for your comments & follow-up questions.
– “Of Note” features news items to read and comment on.… Read More »

Posted October 1st, 2010 | 3 Comments

Rave review for Enigmatica’s The Blue House!

In August Mandolin Magazine published a glowing review for Enigmatica’s new CD, “The Blue House”.  An excerpt: “The sound of Enigmatica can be described as sparkling, effervescent, fluid, precise, and joyous. The clarity of line they achieve is breathtaking, completely the equal of any string quartet or chamber ensemble playing today.” Read the full review and buy it now. Here is one of the tunes posted on       Mandolin Cafe. MP3jPLAYLISTS.inline_0 = [ { name: "Mandolin Cafe.", formats: ["mp3"], … Read More »

Posted September 18th, 2010

Marilynn on Brazilian TV

Look quickly near the start of this show on Escola Portátil de Música and you’ll see Marilynn playing her bandolim. She’s also glimpsed in Bandão a couple of times in the video. Fun!… Read More »

Posted August 29th, 2010 | Leave a comment
  • "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)
    "A lovely concert! We estimate your spell-bound and enthusiastic audience at close to 1800 people…" - Lincoln Center Out-Of-Doors (USA)
    "Marilynn Mair é uma bandolinista americana de formação erudita" -- Paulo Eduardo Neves, Agenda do Samba Choro (Brasil)
    "Marilynn Mair performs Brazilian mandolin music... she plays the mandolin as an instrument for all occasions." – Vaughn Watson, The Providence Journal (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 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)
    "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)
    "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)
    "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 travels by mandolin to Brazil and brilliance... her commitment to the music shines through." - Rick Massimo, The Providence Journal
    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 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)
    "Mair is unstoppable… capable of evoking any landscape, past or present, you’d care to conjure." – Mike Caito, Providence Phoenix (USA)
    Marilynn Mair on mandolin...touches the deepest and most engaging reaches of the ancient and passionate 'Latin soul'. - Carlos Agudelo, Billboard Magazine
    "Marilynn Mair lives up to her reputation as an excellent mandolinist, with clear tone, a beautiful tremolo, and creative expressiveness." – Zupfmusik Magazin (Germany)
    "A brilliant concert from beginning to end…The performance was extraordinary." – La Rioja (Spain)