May 2021 Update

Posted: May 13, 2021 at 3:47 am

This site is no longer being updated on a regular basis (obviously). Visit billberends.com for updates and further information. Signup to the Bill Berends / MASTERMIND mailing list to be apprised of any new activity.

Since 2019 Mastermind guitarist/composer Bill Berends has been performing the music of MASTERMIND in Brazil with a band of talented players keeping the music alive at gigs and festivals as recently as April 2021. It will never be MASTERMIND proper without Rich Berends drumming, but the band is good and the music lives on. “Bill Berends plays the music of Mastermind” is simply too unwieldy, so it carries on as Mastermind (Brasil). Rich Berends keeps himself busy with a variety of projects back in the States. Perhaps one day the two will come together again. Anything is possible.

Although this is more or less a legacy site at this point, for fans and those new to the music of MASTERMIND there is still a variety of information presented here. Thanks for visiting.


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MASTERMIND 2020 Brasil – Live

Posted: January 12, 2020 at 3:40 am
Bill Berends’ MASTERMIND 2020 live January 19, 2020, São Paulo, Brasil

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Mastermind Brasil 2019 video

Posted: December 6, 2019 at 12:21 am

Video from the November 3rd, 2019 performance of Bill Berends’ Mastermind 2019 is now live on YouTube. Rather than post them here, simply visit YouTube. Here is the link…

Mastermind Brasil 2019 play list

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Visit billberends.com for additional information. Thanks!


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MASTERMIND 2019 Brasil – Live In Concert

Posted: October 24, 2019 at 2:04 am
November 3rd, 2019 – Totem Prog Festival – São Paulo, Brasil. Teatro UMC

Visit Bill Berends Music on Facebook, see NOTES for details. (English & Português).

Mastermind 2019 World Tour! One Night Only!! Don’t miss it!


English: Revisiting the music of American progressive rock band MASTERMIND with founding member; guitarist, vocalist, and composer Bill Berends. 2019 marks the 30th Anniversary of MASTERMIND “Volume One” on CD. Now a resident of Brazil, Bill Berends has put together a lean, raw power trio of capable Brazilian musicians to bring this music back to life. MASTERMIND 2019 will appear in concert at the Totem Prog Festival at Teatro UMC, Sao Paulo, Brazil, on November 3rd, 2019 performing select cuts from the early Mastermind trio catalog.

Português: Este projeto vem revisitar a música da banda americana de rock progressivo MASTERMIND com seu membro fundador, guitarrista, vocalista e compositor, Bill Berends. 2019 marca o 30º aniversário do álbum MASTERMIND “Volume One” em CD. Agora residindo no Brasil, Bill Berends montou um power trio afiado com músicos brasileiros para trazer essa música de volta à vida. MASTERMIND 2019 vai se apresentar no III Festival Totem Prog no Teatro da UMC, em São Paulo, Brasil, em 3 de novembro de 2019, executando canções selecionadas do catálogo dos primeiros trabalhos do Mastermind como um trio.


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Somewhere south of the equator…

Posted: September 27, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Please stand by. More info coming soon.


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Still alive and well!

Posted: May 15, 2018 at 1:23 am

Bill Berends here. Visit billberends.com for updates on my life and music. I am now living in São Paulo, Brazil (!) of all places. Rich Berends is out playing with all kinds of people. Mastermind digital catalog sales continue over on bandcamp (thank you all and welcome new fans!). We’ve all gone through some life changes, but everyone is alive and well and still making music. Thanks for looking in and check back now and again to see what’s up.

*May 2019 update: check back sooner than later for info on a new project that will interest Mastermind fans. Say no more, nudge nudge, wink wink.

ps: check out my new music site Benvalia Music if you haven’t already. There’s some cool stuff there, including my own solo releases. Thanks for stopping by. -Bb


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Happy New Year 2017 !!! ~bandcamp 50% off sale~

Posted: January 11, 2017 at 3:14 pm

Happy New Year and best wishes for 2017!!

To start off the new year the entire Mastermind discography is now on sale on bandcamp at a special 50% discount when you purchase the entire catalog. Full fidelity audio or choose from several audio formats, FLAC to mp3, it’s quite a bargain for $37 USD! Simply click on any album and purchase info is below the album price. Take advantage of this deal now!


In other news, Mastermind guitarist Bill Berends has set up a new bandcamp music store called BENVALIA MUSIC to make solo works and other non-Mastermind recordings available. Both Benificial to the artists and of Value to the discerning listener, please take a moment to check it out and like Benvalia Music on Facebook while your at it. Thanks! 🙂

“Benvalia Music showcases works performed, produced, and/or curated by resident musician/producer Bill Berends. Home to a careful selection of styles, bands and artists, it was set up to bring quality music to fans world-wide.”

Titles on Benvalia Music include BIll’s 1988 solo new age electronica EP Life Cycle, pianist brother David Berends’ prog-pop band THE NAME, prog keyboardist Micheal West, and other carefully selected artists Bill has worked with or produced over the years. More interesting music and more Bill Berends solo material both new and old is coming in the near future.

That’s it for now! Please join the Berends Music Mailing List if you have not already.

Here’s to a wonderful New Year!

ps: the Broken EP will be added sooner or later along with other vintage live recordings and various oddities and out takes. So much to do, so little time, please check back often!


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Brainstorm live (complete) video

Posted: August 15, 2016 at 11:40 pm

Recently uploaded a video of Brainstorm live from our 1997 US tour with Fish. Enjoy.



Mastermind live at the Odeon, Cleveland, Ohio

Bill Berends: guitar, MIDI-guitar, vocal
Rich Berends: drums & percussion
Phil Antolino: bass, MIDI-pedals


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Keith Emerson 1944 – 2016

Posted: March 15, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Keith Noel Emerson (2 November 1944 – 10 March 2016)

Deeply saddened by the tragic news of Keith Emerson passing. An influence and inspiration, his music will be remembered.

“He was a man. Take him for all in all.
 I shall not look upon his like again.”

RIP Keith.


Keith Emerson


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2016

Posted: March 1, 2016 at 3:25 am

I can’t believe it’s 20-fucking-16. Damn.

Nothing new to say, really. I would love to get this going again in some form, but I can’t do it all by myself. So, although I still don’t consider Mastermind to be dead, it is in a deep coma. Will it ever awaken again is yet to be seen. It was never intended for Insomnia to be the last Mastermind album and still may yet not be, but people and things being as they were made it difficult to carry on. We kept it going for 20 years, maybe a 30th Anniversary of sorts could be possible. Then again, I’m not so sure I really want to go backwards in time. We shall see.

I’ve updated a few blog entries here since the site still gets a lot of hits to older entries. I’m halfway tempted to delete them all, but for now I’ll leave them as a historical record of sorts. Quite a lot of attempts at log-ins too, as I see from the site stats. WTF? That’s crazy. The rest of the site is mostly static and kind of a cluster fuck, like the streets of London. It grew over time and meanders around all over the place, but lots of interesting stuff to find poking around. I’ve thought of scratching it all for another boring wordpress site. Nah. lol.

Anyway, the recordings are still there for you to enjoy (and purchase) and new folks are still discovering the music all the time, which is nice. I continue to write and record music on my own and am shooting for some kind of new release in 2016. Some of that includes reworked Mastermind stuff. Most of it is brand spankin’ new material. Life goes on.

Visit billberends.com and sign up to the mailing list to be notified when something happens.

Thanks for looking in.

Yours in music,
Bill Berends
March 01, 2016


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