Min Xiao-Fen, a sublime pipa player and a canny improviser who went toe-to-toe with the legendary Derek Bailey on multiple occasions… she performs her "Mao, Monk and Me" solo; then, she leads her quartet through "From Harlem to Shanghai and Back," a suite that commemorates trumpeter Buck Clayton's visit to Shanghai in the mid-’30s.
Time Out New York
Min Xiao-Fen demonstrated the instrument’s (and her) versatility by introducing the pipa with a sassy, credible, improvised Monk’s “Ask Me Now.”
Los Angeles Times
Min Xiao-Fen, is a pipa player like no other… In her trio, Blue Pipa, with guitar and double bass, the lutelike pipa becomes a super-banjo
New York Times
Since her arrival here in 1996, she has expanded her instrument's possibilities as an element for contemporary composers and as a voice within the landscapes of jazz and free improvisation.
Wall Street Journal
Her improv work with Derek Bailey and John Zorn has taken her ancient Chinese string instrument into the future.