Min Xiao-Fen with Rez Abbasi: The Goddess
Min Xiao-Fen – Pipa, Ruan, Sanxian, Sound Effects, Voice
Rez Abbasi – Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Roulette hosts the world premiere of The Goddess, a 1934 Chinese silent film accompanied by a score from Min Xiao-Fen. The performance features Rez Abbasi on guitar and Min Xiao-Fen playing multiple Chinese plucked instruments and voice.
The Goddess (1934) is one of the most powerful silent films of all time and an early high point for Chinese cinema. The legendary actress Ruan Lingyu plays a nameless young “goddess,” as the movie describes the travails of a prostitute working to send her child through school. Min’s score references numerous genres, including Tibetan Buddhist chants, and seeks to traverse existing cultural and musical boundaries by creating a new work filled with deep and soulful musical expression.