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Min Xiao-Fen
Pipa / Vocals      Dean Johnson Bass      Steve Salerno Guitar

 

The Blue Pipa Trio plays Min Xiao-Fen's compositions and arrangements, interpreting and improvising the best of  Chinese folk music,  American Jazz standards and even  Bluegrass.
The Trio features masterful bass work of  Dean Johnson and the sensitive playing of guitarist Steve Salerno.


 PRESS
 
Min Xiao-Fen, appeared at the festival with her jazz trio. Guitarist Stephen Salerno and bassist Dean Johnson made the sound into a full throated string symphony while maintaining a centered focus as Chinese folk, pop and American music were reinterpreted. A popular Chinese pop song from the 1930’s “Fragrant Flowers of Night” served as a forum for an American “Old Timey” take on its melody and as opportunity for Xiao-Fen to display her vocal skills. Likewise, the Chinese folk tune “A Pair Of Flowers” featured pipa banjo flailing and guitar flat pickin’. The traditional bluegrass number “Red-Haired Boy” was given Asian tinge as he was portrayed as the “Red-Haired Boy Dancing with Golden Snake”. Program closer “Fascinating Chinese New Year”, fittingly inspired by the Gershwin tune “Fascinating Rhythm” melded slide guitar with pipa for a cross cultural delight.                                                           By Elliott Simon  "All About Jazz"


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  REPERTOIRE  selection   Audio samples in Windows-mediaplayer format MP3
 

A Pair of Flowers

Min Xiao-Fen

pipa, guitar and bass

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Nanjing Temple

Min Xiao-Fen

pipa, guitar and bass

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Red Hair Boy
    dancing with Golden Snake

American Bluegrass
Arr. Min Xiao-Fen

pipa, guitar and bass
 

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The Murmuring Creek

Min Xiao-Fen

pipa, guitar and bass

       
 

Chinese take out

Min Xiao-Fen

pipa, guitar and bass

       
 

Wild Wild East

Min Xiao-Fen

pipa, guitar and bass

       
 

Tian Wu Wu

Min Xiao-Fen pipa, vocal, guitar & bass        
 

Fascinating Rhythm

Ira Gershwin
Arr. Min Xiao-Fen

pipa, vocal, guitar & bass
 

       
 

Ask Me Now

Thelonious Monk
Arr. Min Xiao-Fen

pipa, guitar and bass
 

       
 

All Blues

Miles Davis
Arr. Min Xiao-Fen
pipa, guitar and bass
 
       
 

The Cowboy

Min Xiao-Fen

saxophone, bass, piano & vocal

       
 

The Loneliest Monk

Min Xiao-Fen eleven instruments        
               

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