Min Xiao-Fen’s solo project “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


Min Xiao-Fen’s original score for “The Goddess,” a 1934 Chinese silent film

The performance features guitarist Rez Abbasi and Min Xiao-Fen singing and playing multiple Chinese instruments.

Min Xiao-Fen/composer- pipa, ruan, sanxian, sound effects, voice and Rez Abbasi – acoustic guitar, electric guitar


Min Xiao-Fen’s Blue Pipa Trio “From Harlem to Shanghai and Back”

Min Xiao-Fen, pipa, sanxian and voice; Dean Johnson, bass and Steve Salerno guitar

“From Harlem to Shanghai and Back” recasts the work of legendary jazz trumpeter Buck Clayton, Chinese composer Li Jinhui, Count Basie and Duke Ellington, along with Ms. Min’s own compositions.

Jazz trumpeter and composer Buck Clayton was a leading member of Count Basie’s Old Testament orchestra. He brought Kansas City Swing to Shanghai in the mid-1930s and worked closely with the father of Chinese popular music Li Jinhui, who contributed hundreds of songs to the Chinese musical canon. Clayton is credited for helping close the gap between American jazz and traditional Chinese music. His effect on Li’s music helped ushered in a brief era of “Chinese jazz” and helped change musical history.

Selected Program:

1, “Horse Roundup” (Min Xiao-Fen)
2, “Buck Huckles Reunion” (Buck Clayton & Li Jinhui, arranged by Min Xiao-Fen & Steve Salerno)
3 , “Night of Moon” (Li Jinhui, arranged by Min Xiao-Fen & Steve Salerno)
4, “Moten Swing meets Li Juhui” (Count Basie & Li Jinhui, arranged by Steve Salerno)
5, “Blue and Sentimental/Tiger Knocking on the Door” (Count Basie & Li Jinhui, arranged by Min Xiao-Fen)
6, “Satin Doll, Shanghai Doll” (Duke Ellington & Chen Gexing, arranged by Min Xiao-Fen & Steve Salerno)
7, “Fascinating New Year” (George Gershwin, arranged by Min Xiao-Fen)
8, “Wildwood Flower” (American Bluegrass)
9, “Dancing with the Moon” (Min Xiao-Fen)