Projects: Solo

Mao, Monk and Me

Min Xiao-Fen: pipa, ruan, sanxian, voice and electronic

I was a little girl during the Chinese Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). The reformed Beijing Operas and folk songs I heard from the many regions were dedicated to the workers and soldiers. After moving to the United States, once again I was inspired – this time by Thelonious Monk.

Selected Program 

1,”Children’s Song”/”A Little Cowherder” (Thelonious Monk & Chinese folk song), arranged by Min Xiao-Fen

2,”Monk’s Mood” (Thelonious Monk), arranged by Min Xiao-Fen

3,”Raise Four” (Thelonious Monk), arranged by Min Xiao-Fen

4,”My Mother is on the Other Side of the Mountain” (Min Xiao-Fen)

5, “Mao Zedong” (Min Xiao-Fen)

6, “Misterioso” (Thelonious Monk), arranged by Min Xiao-Fen

7, “Tan Tan, Chang Chang – Playing and Singing” (Min Xiao-Fen)

8, “Ask Me Now” (Thelonious Monk), arranged by Min Xiao-Fen

9, “ABC” (Min Xiao-Fen)

Selected Traditional Pipa Repertoire  

1, “Flying Flowers Touching the Green”  (Traditional lyrical style)

2, “Jackdaws Playing in the Water”  (Traditional lyrical style)

3, “Spring, River, Flower, Moon, Night”  (Traditional lyrical style)

4, “Ambush from all Sides” (Traditional martial style)

5, “King Chu Sheds His Armor” (Traditional martial style)

6, “Sunny Spring, White Snow” (Traditional) 

Min Xiao-Fen’s also available for the residencies, lecture and workshop.

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