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MOCAMIX: Mao, Monk and Me

Friday, October 6, 2017 8:00PM

Please join us for Min Xiao-Fen’s new solo album release concert!

Hailed by The New York Times as “a pipa player like no other” and the Village Voice as an artist who “has taken her ancient Chinese string instrument into the future,” Min Xiao-Fen is known for her virtuosity and fluid style. Born in the ancient capital of Nanjing, Min’s interweaves Chinese folk music, regional operas and Taoist music with the sounds of John Cage, jazz and blues. Her works transcend borders with their own brand of cutting-edge fusion. Min’s latest solo set, “Mao, Monk and Me,” features her treatments of jazz standards by Thelonious Monk mixed with their historical Chinese counterparts. As a young girl coming of age during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), the reformed Beijing Operas and folk songs she heard from the many regions were dedicated to the workers and soldiers. After moving to the United States, she was inspired once again - this time by Thelonious Monk.

After the concert, Min Xiao-Fen will autograph her new CD.

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Tickets (includes museum admission): $15/general; $12/student or senior; $10/MOCA members. (Not a member? Join us here).

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MOCAMIX: Mao, Monk and Me