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Min Xiao-Fen

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Chinese pipa player and composer Min Xiao-Fen is known for her fluid style. She is a world recognized virtuoso and a courageous pioneer in both orchestral and underground projects. She was a pipa soloist with the famed Nanjing Traditional Music Orchestra of China for more than ten years. She also won the Jiangsu national pipa competition and eventually become a first class artist in China. After Ms. Min came to the United States in 1992, she worked with composers John Zorn, Philip Glass, Wadada Leo Smith, Randy Weston, Tan Dun and many others. She has performed solo concerts at the Utrecht International Lute Festival, the Brussels Lute Festival and the New York Guitar Festival. In 2003, she was invited by Jazz at Lincoln Center to play a solo set of the music of Thelonious Monk and was also invited to play with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. In 2004, she premiered “Ping Pong,” composer Anthony De Ritis’ pipa concerto, with the Taipei Chinese Music Orchestra. Her piece “The Loneliest Monk” was commissioned and performed by House Blend at The Kitchen in New York City. Recent highlights included concerts with her Blue Pipa Trio at the JVC Jazz Festival and a guest appearance on Björk’s new album, Volta. This year, she was a featured composer and performer with the American Composers Orchestra’s “Composer Out Front” project. She was invited by Björk to play as a special guest at Madison Square Garden and Radio City in New York. Min received a new commission, Retune of the Dragon, from The Kitchen, and also performed with her Asian Trio at The Kitchen. Ms. Min lives in Forest Hills, New York. She is also the founder of Blue Pipa, Inc. (

Firehouse 12 Performances

Min Xiao-Fen's Asian Trio Friday, May 23, 2008, 10:00p
Susie Ibarra & Min Xiao-Fen Saturday, July 2, 2005, 8:00p

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