MOCAminiMIX: Crossing Frets for Tapping

Fri, Mar 22, 2013 @ 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Please join us for our third installment of MOCAMIX-- live improvisation between contemporary and traditional musicians, singers, and dancers. Up next: Min Xiao Fen (pipa), Jin Hi Kim (komungo), with Max Pollack (rhumba tap).


About the Artists

Min Xiao-Fen
Min Xiao-Fen is known for her fluid style. Ms. Min began her career as a pipa soloist with the Nanjing Traditional Music Orchestra in China by winning the Jiangsu national pipa competition. Since she moved to the United States in 1992, she has been a featured soloist with the Pacific Symphony, San Diego Symphony, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Macao Orchestra and many others. Min has performed at the Lincoln Center Festival, New York Guitar Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival, Amsterdam-China Festival, Utrecht International Lute Festival, Geneva Music Festival, TUM Festival in Finland, Macao Arts Festival, Shanghai Spring International Music Festival, Beijing Modern Music Festival, Great Mountains International Music Festival in Korea and Festivalgerie 2010 and 2011. She has performed with and premiered the work of such noted composers as John Zorn, Derek Bailey, Tan Dun, Huang Ruo, Randy Weston, Philip Glass and many others. She made an appearance on Björk's album, Volta, and later performed as Björk's special guest at Madison Square Garden, the Apollo Theater and Radio City Music Hall in New York. As a composer, Min received a commission in 2007 for "Return of the Dragon" from The Kitchen. She was a featured composer and solo performer in "Blue Pipa" for the American Composers Orchestra's Composer Out Front series. Her "Dim Sum" was premiered and performed at Interpretations in 2010, the Undead Jazzfest 2011 and in 2012 at WQXR-FM New York Public Radio.


Jin Hi Kim

Jin Hi Kim is internationally acclaimed innovative komungo (Korean fourth century fretted board zither) virtuoso and a Guggenheim Fellow in Music Composition. Kim featured on PRI's The World and Voice of America, has composed for the ancient instrument and Western orchestra utilizing her own compositional method, Living Tones.


Max Pollak

Max Pollak, is a 2011 Hoofer Award winner, 2011 Bessie Award nominee, 2010 Individual Artist Grantee of the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance and 2008 fellow in Choreography from the New York Foundation of the Arts. One of the most prestigious names on the international tap scene today, he is recognized worldwide for his superior musicianship and his highly individual style as the first person to merge authentic Afro-Cuban music and dance with American rhythm tap and body music to create RumbaTap.


Originator of Cuba's first tap festival, he has been teaching and performing there since 1998, and has worked with Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, Cuba's top Rumba group, Chucho Valdés, Lila Downs and jazz legends Ray Brown, Phil Woods, Paquito D'Rivera, Slide Hampton and Danilo Perez.


He is also recognized for making European and South American classical music more accessible by playing with classical ensembles in prestigious venues like Vienna's Konzerthaus, Musikverein, Havana's Teatro Nacional and Teatro Amadeo Roldan. He has performed with members of the Vienna Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of St. Luke's as well as the Duluth Superior and Plano Symphony Orchestras, with the latter two as soloist in the Morton Gould Tap Dance Concerto.


On faculty at Sarah Lawrence College, he travels the world with his group RumbaTap and is about to release his first CD recording.


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Admission:$15/adult; $10/MOCA members RSVP required to


Photo credit: Li Xiaolong, Shim Hyun-Chul, Michael Melnyk