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Enigmatica in concert ~ August 12

enigmatica1Enigmatica will perform in the Great Hall of the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls MA on Friday, August 12 @ 7:00 PM. See webpage for more information. The group will play a “pops” concert of sorts, with music from Brazil and Argentina, folk-inspired originals, and early 20th-century blues and two-steps from the great mandolin-orchestra heyday. Join us for a fun evening of music!… Read More »

Posted August 2nd, 2016

Cyber Monday all week!

IMG_6270 From today, November 30, until next Monday, December 7, if you buy any of my CDs for sale on this page and I’ll send you a copy of my vintage CD of winter carols, “The Sounding Joy,” for free. One free CD per order. No need to do anything but place your order this week. You can peruse your CD options here.

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Posted November 30th, 2015

Recap: SummerKeys 2015 ~ July 6-10 in Lubec, Maine.

7.10.15SummerKeys Mandolin and Guitar in Ensemble week 2015 concluded with a performance of Baroque, Brazilian, and traditional music by the Student/Faculty Ensemble. Fabulous music was produced and a wonderful week was had by all. Check back in the fall for plans for 2016.… Read More »

Posted July 17th, 2015

March Mandolins!

me-328On Sunday, March 29th, Marilynn will present a double-barreled concert at Roger Williams University. The first half will feature a Rio-style “roda da choro,” of traditional Brazilian music; the second half will be a release for her new CD: Madrugada (Daybreak), with Luiz Simas, piano; Catherine Hawkes, flute; Adam Bahrami, cavaquinho & pandeiro;and Paul Dressel, guitar.… Read More »

Posted February 10th, 2015

Of Note

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

Of Note

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

Marilynn brings Brasil to RI in September

Marilynn is hosting some stellar Brazilian musicians on campus at Roger Williams University in September. On Wednesday, September 5th the girls of Choro das 3 will be performing in the Global Heritage Hall. And on Sunday, September 23, Luiz Simas, pianist and composer, will be performing his “Mata Atlantica” in the … Read More »

Posted August 13th, 2012

Music of the Season

Marilynn’s perennial holiday favorite The Sounding Joy is a perfect blend of traditional carols, classical favorites, and international carols arranged for mandolin and guitar. A soothing antidote to the pre-Christmas shopping-party frenzy, you can see a complete list of the tunes and buy this CD here on the website or on Amazon. Happy holidays from Marilynn, Enigmatica, Agua no Feijao, and the rest of our plucked-string family.… Read More »

Posted November 29th, 2011

AMGuSS at SummerKeys 2011

Our SummerKeys week was fabulous for students and faculty alike! In the private lessons faculty answered questions and brought up issues of technique and musicianship that had students brimming over with new ideas. The all-school ensemble, The American Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra, played Corelli, Dowland, Martel, and Carrilho in the final recital, delighting all who heard them. Marilynn's recital,
Posted July 29th, 2011

feliz ano novo no Rio!

Marilynn is in Rio, playing music and enjoying her semester break. This picture was taken January 9th @ the roda @ Praca Sao Salvador. If you want to keep in touch, visit  Celebrating a Year for daily photos and updates, and you’ll find more roda listings in the calendar (RH column).… Read More »

Posted January 9th, 2011
  • "Marilynn Mair lives up to her reputation as an excellent mandolinist, with clear tone, a beautiful tremolo, and creative expressiveness." – Zupfmusik Magazin (Germany)
    "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)
    "She’s a fabulous player with a wonderfully clear and lyrical sound." – The Ottawa Citizen (Canada)
    "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)
    "Marilynn Mair é uma bandolinista americana de formação erudita" -- Paulo Eduardo Neves, Agenda do Samba Choro (Brasil)
    "Mair is unstoppable… capable of evoking any landscape, past or present, you’d care to conjure." – Mike Caito, Providence Phoenix (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 on mandolin...touches the deepest and most engaging reaches of the ancient and passionate 'Latin soul'. - Carlos Agudelo, Billboard Magazine
    "A sparkling concert… absolutely brilliant!" – Guitar Magazine (England)
    "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)
    "A brilliant concert from beginning to end…The performance was extraordinary." – La Rioja (Spain)
    "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)
    "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)
    "Mair travels by mandolin to Brazil and brilliance... her commitment to the music shines through." - Rick Massimo, The Providence Journal