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Min Xiao-Fen + Mao, Monk and Me -WALLET

Min Xiao-Fen New Release “Mao, Monk and Me” – in celebration of the 100th Birthday of Thelonious Monk

“Ms. Min, a spry and fearless practitioner of the pipa, a Chinese lute, has a new album out, titled “Mao, Monk and Me.” On it she performs and sings unaccompanied, blending the music of Thelonious Monk with Chinese folk song and her own experimental excursions… Ms. Min’s, attempts to neutralize the divides between genres and cultural lineages.” — Giovanni Russonello, The New York Times

“Mao, Monk and Me, an inventive solo homage from Min Xiao-Fen, who plays the four-stringed Chinese pipa. “ — Larry Blumenfeld, The Wall Street Journal

“Min Xiao-Fen is a masterful interpreter of Monk. Unburdened by instrumental lineage or cultural signifiers, she is free to treat Monk the same way Monet did his waterlilies…You’ve never heard Monk like this.” — Andrey Henkin, The New York City Jazz Record

“Mao, Monk and Me” — Min Xiao-Fen, pipa, ruan, sanxian, cymbals and voice

Born in the ancient capital of Nanjing, Min Xiao-Fen interweaves Chinese folk music, regional operas and Taoist music with the sounds of John Cage, jazz and blues. Her works transcend borders with their own brand of cutting-edge fusion. Min’s latest solo set, “Mao, Monk and Me,” features her treatments of jazz standards by Thelonious Monk mixed with their historical Chinese counterparts. As a young girl coming of age during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), the reformed Beijing Operas and folk songs she heard from the many regions were dedicated to the workers and soldiers. After moving to the United States, she was inspired once again – this time by Thelonious Monk.

CD”Mao, Monk and Me” is available on CD Baby and amazon

Up coming concerts:

Blue Pipa Trio 2

Thursday, 12/7/2017 at 7, Min Xiao-Fen’ Blue Pipa Trio performs at 20 Jay Street, Suite 920, Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY

Saturday, 12/9/2017 at 8pm, Min Xiao-Fen with maestro Karl Berger for CIO series at ET Taller, 215 East 99th Street, NYC

Saturday, 12/16/16, 2017 at 9pm, Min Xiao-Fen as a guest performer with Sarah Weaver at The DiMenna Center, Cary Hall, 450 West 37th Street, New York City


Min Xiao-Fen’s Dim Sum CD

Min Xiao-Fen finger piano, sanxian, Nanying pipa, toy pipa, voice and electronicsDim Sum cd cover (new)
Satoshi Takeishi percussions and electronics

“Min Xiao-Fen, a master of the Chinese pipa, has also done extensive research into the links between her native musical traditions and jazz. She’s brought this to bear in her collaborations with pianist Randy Weston, and in her own work. Here, on her first release in 6 years, she plays with percussionist Satoshi Takeishi.”

Larry Blumenfeld, Blu Notes

CD is available on Amazon, iTunes, CD Baby and myiesstore



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