Pipa Master, Min Xiao-Fen’s Contribute Album of Thelonious Monk

Pipa Master, one of the most recognized Pipa giant Min Xia-Fen release New album named ‘Mao, Monk and Me’ is a contributing album of Telonius Monk’s 100th Birthday. There will be concert events to promote the album at the Museum of Chinese in America and Metropolitan Museum in New York, October.

On this album, Ms. has been playing multiple roles such as pipa, ruan, sanxian, cymbals players and voice. Her works “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, her music transcends any borders of music with her own voices.

Min Xiao-Fen is a master of the pipa, a four-stringed, pear-shaped lute with a 2,000-year history. Born in the ancient capital of Nanjing, Ms. Min learned to play the pipa from her father, Min Ji-Qian, a respected professor and pipa master. At the age of 17, she was selected by the Nanjing Traditional Music Orchestra of China and spent ten years as its principal pipa soloist. She won first prize at the Jiangsu National Pipa Competition. Known for her virtuosity and fluid style, Min has expanded her instrument’s possibilities as an element for contemporary composition, tacking fluidly between the extended techniques of free improvisation, jazz, full-on noise and contemporary classical vocabulary. Her music interweaves traditional music, regional operas and Taoist music with John Cage, jazz and blues. Her works transcend borders with their own brand of cutting-edge fusion. Min’s treatments of jazz standards by Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis and Duke Ellington, mixed with some of their historical counterparts in 1930s Shanghai nightlife repertoire, led her to be the first Chinese musician invited to perform in a Jazz at Lincoln Center program. Her special interest in trumpeter Buck Clayton’s visits to Shanghai in that time led to her 2014 program “From Harlem to Shanghai and Back” with her Blue Pipa Trio. On her latest solo set, “Mao, Monk and Me”, Min investigates the deep and unexpected connections between the jazz standards of Thelonious Monk and Chinese music.

She has been a featured soloist with the Pacific Symphony, San Diego Symphony, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Macao Orchestra and many others. Min has performed at the Lincoln Center Festival, New York Guitar Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival, Utrecht International Lute Festival, Geneva Music Festival, TUM Festival in Finland, Macao Arts Festival, Shanghai Spring International Music Festival, Beijing Modern Music Festival, Great Mountains International Music Festival in Korea, Festival and Shanghai Jazz festival. Ms. Min has been a curator at The Stone and the Museum of Chinese in America.

This year she was an artistic in residence with the Vancouver International Jazz Festival and a guiding artist for the Creative Music Studio. She is the founder of Blue Pipa Inc and currently lives in New York City.

Min Xiao Fen Official Website: www.bluepipa.org


Upcoming Concerts

Min Xiao-Fen’s New CD “Mao, Monk and Me”

In celebration of the 100th birthday of Thelonious Monk

 Friday, Oct. 6, at 8 pm

Museum of Chinese in America (215 Centre Street)

Tickets (includes museum admission): $15/adult; $12/student or senior $10/MOCA Member



Thelonius Monk at 100

Friday, Oct. 20 at 7pm

Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium

Tickets start at $40 Bring the Kids for $1.



-TeRra  Online Team- 


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