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Romance of the Fruit Peddler / Romance of the Western Chamber (Metta) w/ Composer Min Xiao-Fen
Episode 58th April 2024 • Soundtrack Your Life • Ryan Pak
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Composer and pipa virtuoso, Ms. Min Xiao-Fen is our guest this week to talk about her recently released album Metta, which features the scores of 2 Chinese silent films, The Romance of the Fruits Peddler and Romance of the Western Chamber. These scores were commissioned by the Smithsonian Institute in 2023.

We also discuss:

  • Growing up in a musical family
  • Going from a classical background to collaborating with jazz greats like John Zorn, Derek Bailey and Wadada Leo Smith
  • Collaborating with Bjork on "I See Who You Are" from the album Volta
  • Learning to improvise and learning the Chinese connection to jazz

For More Information about Min Xiao-Fen:




An NPR interview with Ms. Min from 2021:

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