December 2007

Fleisher Art Memorial719 Catherine Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $15 General Admission
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Sunday, November 4, 2007 - 8:00pm

Min Xiao-Fen Asian Trio

Min Xiao-Fen (China) , voice + pipa + electronics
Okkyung Lee (Korea), cello
Satoshi Takeishi (Japan), percussion + electronics

Ticket buyers may join us for a pre-concert reception beginning at 6:30pm at Fleisher Art Memorial.

Pipa soloist and composer Min Xiao-Fen, internationally known for her virtuosity and fluid style, has received high acclaim for her classical, new music and jazz performances. She learned the pipa from her father, Min Ji-Qian, a professor and pipa master at Nanjing University. At age 17, she was chosen by famed Nanjing Traditional Music Orchestra of China and became a pipa soloist for more than ten years. She also won first prize at the Jiangsu national pipa competition and eventually become a first class artist in China.

After Ms. Min came to the United States in 1992, she was featured soloist with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Pacific Symphony and the San Diego Symphony. She worked with pianist Randy Weston in 1998, composing a duet piece Shang with Mr. Weston that was recorded for his album Khepera (Verve). Min also recorded Shaolin Ulysses and The Port of Last Resort (Tzadik), movie soundtracks composed by John Zorn. She premiered composer Tan Dun's Peony Pavilion (Sony), an opera with director Peter Sellars. She also worked with composers Carl Stone, Chen Yi, Zhou Long, Philip Glass, Wadada Leo Smith, DJ Spooky and Derek Bailey, among many others. Min's solo recording, The Moon Rising (Cala), was hailed by BBC Music Magazine as "one of the best CDs of 1996." Her recording Viper (Avant), improvisations with Derek Bailey, was one of The Wire's 1998 Albums of the Year.

In 2003, Min became the first Chinese musician invited to play at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City when she performed a solo set of the music of Thelonious Monk. In 2004, she was invited by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band of New Orleans to play as a special guest, and she also premiered composer Anthony De Ritis' pipa concerto Ping Pong with the Taipei Chinese Music Orchestra. Her piece The Loneliest Monk was commissioned and performed by the Kitchen's House Blend. 2006 highlights included appearances with her Blue Pipa Trio at the JVC Jazz Festival and recording for Björk's new album Volta. In 2007, Min was a featured composer and performer for the American Composers Orchestra's "Composer Out Front" project. Min received awards from the Kitchen and Meet the Composer to commission new works for the Adorno Ensemble and her Blue Pipa Trio.

A native of Korea, Okkyung Lee has been developing her own voice in a contemporary cello performance, improvisation and composition. Using her solid classical training as a springboard, she incorporates jazz sounds, Korean traditional music, and noise with extended techniques to create her unique blend of music. Since moving to New York in 2000, she has performed and recorded with numerous artists such as Derek Bailey, Carla Bozulich, Jaap Blonk, Nels Cline, Anthony Coleman, Mark Dresser, Shelley Hirsch, Susie Ibarra, Vijay Iyer, Eyvind Kang, Alonzo King, Andrew Lampert, Christian Marclay, Raz Mesinai, Min Xiao-Fen, Thurston Moore, Ikue Mori, Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris, Jim O'Rourke, Zeena Parkins, Marc Ribot, Marina Rosenfeld, Elliott Sharp, Saadet Türköz and John Zorn, to name a few.