Mimi Rabson


"...dazzling, violin phenom" - The Boston Globe

"Great chops and attitude to match"  - The Washington Post

"Truly original and marvelous" - Sir Yehudi Menuhin

...one of the elite players on Boston’s jazz-world fusion scene.” – The Boston Phoenix “

... aggressively eclectic and a master of every style she touches” – Bowed Radio

photo by Sage Etters

Hello all!                                                                                                                                11/18

My latest book “Arranging for Strings” is out (on Berklee Press/Hal Leonard) and selling well. (They already had to restock the Berklee Bookstore!) You can find it here. This book is designed for composers, arrangers and producers to understand the sometimes mysterious world of strings. It also covers new techniques like “chopping” and the use of electric instruments.

I’m also very proud to say that I was able to contribute to Tracy Silverman’s fabulous new book called “Strum Bowing” published by Shar Music. It is a wonderful way to get into the world of groove playing. I wish I’d had it when I was learning. 

BREO V is putting the finishing touches on it’s performance! On the program this semester is music by Aerosmith, Journey, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings and Sam Smith. We have a very talented pool of high schoolers, several Berklee students and a couple of professionals in the music community. And the band sounds amazing!!

The concert is Friday, December 7 in the Steve Heck Room at Berklee @7:00 and it is free.

From the BREO IV concert:

“There is so much joy in the room.”

From the BREO III concert:

Mimi Rabson said; “Put the Stratocaster, Gibson and Rickenbacker back in their cases. Pack-up the DW Drum-Kit. Tell the Horn Section to take 5. A Keyboard? Not today! Enlighten the singers that silence is golden. Okay! Now, get me those Violins and Cellos…we’ve got some Rock & Roll to play!!”

You can see the video here

And here is the epic performance of “Whipping Post” by the 2017 Five Week String Orchestra. I’m delighted to say that several of these amazing musicians, who were high school students during this performance, are now Berklee students. I love my job!!

I’m thrilled to be premiering the new collection of Ned Steinberger string instruments at the Museum of Fine Arts at the end of the month. Darcy Kuronen, curator of the Musical Instrument Room at the MFA, recently acquired a string quintet of NS instruments. I have been working with Darcy to purchase appropriate amps for this fabulous collection and I will be bringing a group of Berklee faculty to demonstrate them on November 29. This is a big honor and will be a lot of fun.