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.