Mimi Rabson - violinist, violist, composer, arranger, educator
Dubbed ...dazzling, violin phenom by the Boston Globe, Mimi Rabson has distinguished herself as one of Boston's most creative and versatile musicians.
She is a first-prize winner of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in composition. Her compositions and arrangements are published by StringLetter Press (distributed by Hal Leonard). Her published works include arrangements of music by Duke Ellington, James Brown and Cole Porter as well as her own originals. Her music and her articles appear frequently on the pages of Strings Magazine. Her newest compositions include a formal string quartet, performed and recorded by the Berklee Chamber Players, and a string trio that offers classically trained musicians an outlet for improvisation.
With the support of a grant from the Berklee College of Music, Ms. Rabson commissioned six fellow Berklee faculty members to compose new works for solo violin. Those works range in style from rock to hip hop and include contemporary practices such as improvisation, interaction with computer and effects pedals. She used her electric violin in a power trio setting with electric bass and drums to record Music, featuring noise-rock, post-jazz and electro-acoustic compositions and improvisations. RESQ - the Really Eclectic String Quartet, created by Ms. Rabson, performs her original compositions in addition to arrangements of jazz, funk, fusion, gospel, and Latin music. The group has produced two recordings: “The Really Eclectic String Quartet,” and “To the RESQ.” A founding member of the Klezmer Conservatory Band, Ms. Rabson worked with that organization for many years touring, recording, composing and acting as musical director.