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 Brit Woollard

Hello all and Happy New Year!                                                                                                        1/12/18

I’m delighted to share the news with you! First - the 5 Week String Orchestra’s viral video of “Whipping Post” is almost at 600K views! You can see it on my facebook page and in two places on youtube.

Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8wEC5RrP-M

and here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0KWSwSrRwQ

This was a magical performance put on by an exceptional group! We will certainly be seeing much more from all the players in the band.

BREO III did a fantastic job at the concert in December! Their performance of “Sweet Child O’Mine” elicited this poetic comment on youtube:

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!!”

So beautiufully said! Rock on!

You can see the video here:


BREO IV is coming soon! We still have one or two openings. Let me know if you’d like to join us. The first session is 1/26/18.


More about BREO here: http://www.mimirabson.com/mimirabson.com/BREO.html

At the end of January I’ll be taking my first trip to Spain! I’ll start in Barcelona joining the faculty for the annual Fiddle Congress (https://barcelonafiddlecongress2018.sched.com) presented by Berklee alum, Oriol Saña! Then I’ll be travelling to Valencia for my first look at the Berklee campus. I can’t wait to see this part of the world and to share music with my esteemed colleagues and all the wonderful students! (It’ll be nice to take a break from the madness of New England weather, too!)

In early March I’ll be taking an elite group of Funkestra All-Stars to the ASTA (American String Teachers Association) conference in Atlanta. Joining me will be Jaylon Black, Soeyeon Im, Louisa Byron and Parker Ousley. I’ll have a larger group joining me at the MMEA (Massachusetts Music Educators Association) conference later in March. I am fortunate to be able to work with these brilliant musicians and share the ways of Funkestra.

Finally, I’m delighted to report that my Hal Leonard/Berklee Press book, Arranging for Strings, seems to be nearing completion. I’ve seen the index and the outside cover. I hope to hold it in my hands soon!

I’m looking forward to seeing Too Many Zoos at the Sinclair in Cambridge this month! Maybe I can pick up some moves.