Episode 5

Published on:

8th Apr 2024

Romance of the Fruit Peddler / Romance of the Western Chamber (Metta) w/ Composer Min Xiao-Fen

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:

Website: http://minbluepipa.com/news

IG: https://www.instagram.com/minxiaofen

FB: https://www.facebook.com/min.xiaofen/

An NPR interview with Ms. Min from 2021:


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Ryan has a degree in Film Studies, and he’s a musician. So, Soundtrack Your Life is the perfect intersection of his two main passions. Plus, he’s an avid music fan—hunting down rare songs from his favorite bands has familiarized him with many obscure soundtracks over the years. It's been so gratifying for him to hear fellow film and music enthusiasts share their stories of why they love soundtracks!