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 and Happy May!                                                                                                                                5/14/18

Berklee’s Spring ’18 semester is over. A little break to clear the head is in order. Then we start planning for summer programs: first the week-long Berklee Global String Program and then Five Week

I’m delighted to be joining my friend, Beth Bahia Cohen, this year leading a kicking Eastern European ensemble at BGSI. I’ll also be running the rock and funk ensemble.

The big question is - what can we do to top our Five Week viral video from last summer? Send any suggestions my way. (In case you haven’t seen it yet, you can check it out Here, and here.)

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. I’m so excited that several of these brilliant players will be joining the string department this fall!

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 a little to Tracy Silverman’s fabulous new book called “Strum Bowing” published by Shar Music. I was able to see a pre-release copy at ASTA. It is a wonderful way to get into the world of groove playing. I wish I’d had it when I was learning. 

BREO IV finished up a wonderful semeter with a wonderful concert. As soon as I have the video I will post it here. My favorite quote from an audience member - “There is so much joy in the room.”

We bid a fond farewell to several of our members who have been with us for a while as they begin their college experience in the fall. It’s good to know they will keep playing and hopefully bring a bit of the BREO experience with them.

That also means there are openings for new members. The fall dates will go up sometime in July. Keep an eye here and on the web site for more.

This quote was 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!!”

So beautiufully said! Rock on!

You can see the video here: