October 18, 2008: Min Xiao-Fen
Pipa player / vocalist Min Xiao-Fen, internationally known for her virtuosity and fluid style, is a prototype artist in this tradition. She has influenced countless Chinese musicians and her influence expands to players of all instruments and beyond China as well. Ms. Min learned the pipa with her father, Min Ji-Qian, a professor and pipa master at Nanjing University. Her work as a pipa soloist for the famed Nanjing National Music Orchestra from 1980 to 1992 set the standard for the rest of her career. After arriving in the United States in 1992, she began working with composers Zhou Long, Carl Stone and Chen Yi, then recorded The Moon Rising (Cala), hailed by BBC Music Magazine as "one of the best CDs of 1996," and Spring, River, Flower, Moon, Night (Asphodel), a brilliant solo set of traditional repertoire.
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The second South Berkshire Concert features pipa (Chinese lute) player Min Xiao-Fen in a program of traditional Chinese music as well as contemporary jazz, for which she will be joined by faculty member John Myers (guitar).