live mp3s

While Marilynn has numerous CDs for sale, it’s always interesting to hear a performer live in concert. And she’s performed with many great artists in her career in ensembles that never made it into a recording studio. So here are some live recordings, and a couple of other mp3s that you may find interesting.

Goldberg Variation 1? – J. S. Bach
Marilynn Mair, mandolin; Adam Larrabee, mandocello
recorded in concert, ??, Dayton, OH
      Goldberg I played with Adam for many years and still miss his sunny virtuosity. He now lives in Virginia, but luckily we did record some tracks.

East of Here – Marilynn Mair (arr. Mitch Nelin)
New England Mandolin Ensemble
recorded in concert, January 5, 2007, Peterborough, Vermont
      East of Here
NEME was so much fun! I got a chance to improvise, as you can hear, and we did record a CD before the commute to rehearsals got too much for us all.

Fantasia – Will Ayton
recorded in concert, June 21, 2005, AMGuSS
      Fantasia - Ayton
Enigmatica did go on to record this piece on their 2nd CD, but this was its debut performance and I think shows the beauty and power of Will’s composition.

Suite Galante – Hermann Ambrosius
Marilynn Mair, mandolin; Stephen Rollins, guitar
recorded in concert, March 9, 2002, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Steve is an excellent guitarist who I played with in Ottawa a number of times. this piece is a longtime favorite recorded on my very first LP, years ago.

Andaluza – Issac Albeniz
Marilynn Mair, mandolin; Robert Paul Sullivan, guitar
Recorded in Jordan Hall, Boston MA, on ??
Bob was first my teacher and then my colleague, and we play together often. His luscious guitar sound is the perfect foil for the heartfelt melody of this lovely piece.

Meu Bandolim – Luiz Simas
Marilynn Mair, bandolim; Luiz Simas, piano
Recorded in Sala Cecelia Mireles, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on ??
Meu Bandolim
Luiz is a fabulous pianist and composer, and our Duo is a delight to us both. He wrote this piece for me, and we have recorded it as well.

Wedding Hoedown (for Suzanne) – Marilynn Mair
Marilynn Mair, mandolin; Alex Wohlhueter, electric bass
Performed in the Three Dances 3rd Birthday Show in Minneapolis MN, March 4, 2004
      Suzanne's Wedding Hoedown
This is the last movement of “3-4-3,” a piece I wrote for Three Dances. Alex Wohlhueter, a Minneapolis bassist and web designer par excellence, played the show w/ me, and we recorded at a friend’s studio the next day. I include it here because, really, where else would you hear it?

Tootsie Roll – Marilynn Mair
Clean & Friendly, with Linda Neves, lead vocal, Marilynn Mair, Brinsley Davis, Ellen Santaniello, Nate Davis, Jeremy Woodward, Mark Davis
Recorded live at AS220, Providence RI, on Mother’s Day, 1996
      Tootsie Roll
This family-&-friends rock band was a fun side project for a couple of years before my daughter left for college. I wrote for the 100th birthday of the Tootsie Roll.

The Berryfields of Blair – Will Ayton
Catherine Hawkes, recorder; Marilynn Mair, mandolin; Will Ayton, viola da gamba
Recorded in the Performing Arts Center, Roger Williams University, on September ?, 2009
The Berryfields of Blair
This is the faculty trio @ Roger Wiliams University, playing an original by Will.

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