The Berklee Violin Solos
Mimi Rabson will premiere newly commissioned work for solo violin by renowned Berklee composers. The new body of music showcases the violin's voice in the 21st century, embodying contemporary genres, technology, and urban street cred. The composers commissioned by Rabson include jazz great Joanne Brackeen, Latin vibraphonist Victor Mendoza, interactive composer Neil Leonard, turntable guru Stephen Webber, jazz/funk bassist Winston Maccow, and guitar luminary Norm Zocher.
The works draw from jazz, funk, rock, Latin, hip-hop, and contemporary classical music, and utilize improvisation, effects pedals, new performance techniques, and interactive computer performance. The collaboration between this unique group of composition masters and world-class violinist Rabson produces a new musical vocabulary for the violin that bends genres and redefines the role of the contemporary violinist.