Min Xiao-Fen | Dim Sum

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Dim Sum

by Min Xiao-Fen

Min Xiao-Fen interweaves Chinese folk music, regional operas and Taoist music with John Cage, jazz and blues. Her works transcend borders with their own brand of cutting-edge fusion. Joining her is Japanese percussionist Satoshi Takeishi, an important figure in New York's jazz scene.
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1. Like a Flower
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2. Blue Pipa
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3. Tan Tan, Chang Chang
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4. ABC (American Born Chinese)
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5. Rol-Mo Hunting, Taoist Spirit
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6. Nanyin Pipa, Operas Murmuring
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7. Lingering Lightening, Ghosts Chatting
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8. Tang Song, Water Sounds
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9. Toy Pipa, Sacred Dance
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10. Rattling Damaru, Fire Ritual
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Album Notes
1, Like a Flower
Min Xiao-Fen - finger piano, vocals and lyrics

The winter jasmine blossom in January, ai, yoyo...
The daffodil blossom in February, en, lala...
In March would be peach and apricot blossoms, ba, dada...
The rose blossom in April, wu, ahah....

2, Blue Pipa
Inspired by Miles Davis
Min Xiao-Fen - pipa and vocals

3, Tan Tan, Chang Chang
Min Xiao-Fen - sanxian, vocals and lyrics

Can you help me deliver these words to my lover? Please tell him, it's been three days…I won't eat, won't drink, won't talk, won't sleep. I’m pale and feeling sick. I really miss him.

4, ABC (American Born Chinese)
Inspired by John Cage.
Min Xiao-Fen - pipa

Dim Sum - Six musical dishes meant to touch the heart

From sounds that I heard as a child in Nanjing

5, Rol-Mo Hunting, Taoist Spirit
6, Nanyin Pipa, Operas Murmuring
7, Lingering Lightening, Ghosts Chatting
8, Tang Song, Water Sounds
9, Toy Pipa, Sacred Dance
10, Rattling Damaru, Fire Ritual

Min Xiao-Fen - pipa, Nanyin (Tang-style) pipa, electronic pipa, toy pipa and vocals.
Satoshi Takeishi - percussion and electronics

“Dim Sum” is Min Xiao-Fen's first new release in six years - thanks to a generous grant from the Peter S. Reed Foundation. The acclaimed Chinese pipa soloist/vocalist/composer and downtown percussionist Satoshi Takeishi present a full-length version of the Min’s latest work – premiered December 15, 2012 at John Zorn’s The Stone in New York City. Inspired by everyday sounds that she heard growing up as a child in Nanjing, Min describes “Dim Sum” as “six musical dishes meant to touch the heart.” The disc also features four new solo compositions: “Like a Flower,” “Blue Pipa,” “Tan Tan, Chang Chang” and “ABC” (American Born Chinese). In addition to pipa, Min performs on finger piano, sanxian, Nanying pipa, toy pipa and electronics.


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Alan C.

An unique voice with great vision, this CD has it all!
With my comprehensive collection of pipa CDs by Min Xiao-Fen - Moon Rising, Spring River Flower Moon Night, Min Xiao-Fen with Six Composers and Viper, the musical statement of "Dim Sum" is by far her most personal.
Her exquisite vocal line accentuates not only her creativity as a songwriter, but also her intrigue vocal quality that has profound feelings and expressiveness.
I love the sound of the different plucked instruments that Min used - the electric pipa, the child's pipa, the 3 string sanxian and the ancient Nanyin pipa. Not only they demonstrate the rich tradition of the Chinese lute, but her compositions shine a light of the creative possibilities of pipa music.
If you have never heard of Min Xiao-Fen's music, then do yourself a favor and buy "Dim Sum!"