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PBJ & Jazz at the Topiary Park concludes Saturday with Minan-Dya

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by Mark Subel on September 11, 2013

The summer PBJ and Jazz series continues this Saturday, September 14 with the Afro-Cuban and Brazilian jazz of Minan-Dya. From the power of Afro-Cuban music to the elegance of a Brazilian choro; from the high energy of American funk and jazz to the seductive power of the Brazilian samba and the Cuban danzo, every performance of Minan-Dya is an exciting and emotional journey. PBJ & Jazz at the Topiary Park: Jazz for Kids and Families is a collaborative effort between the Jazz Arts Group, Friends of the Topiary Park, Friends of the Library, and the Columbus Museum of Art.

Minan-Dya (mee-nan, dee-ah_, literally meaning “breath-shadow” are two separate words in the Minianka language (Mali, West Africa) that represent Soul when used together. Minan-Dya was created by flutist Kristopher Keith to showcase what the flute has to offer within the jazz idiom. The unique sound of this group stems not only from its repertoire, but from its other instrumentation as well. The sound of woodwinds (flutes/tenor sax), strings (guitar/bass/piano), and percussion (congas/drums) brings to life the music of the Americas in a way that is both intimate and powerful.

PBJ & Jazz at the Topiary Park concerts are free and follow family storytime at 11:00 AM at the Main Library. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic and a blanket. The noon concert will conclude with a hands-on art activity, from 1:00 – 2:00 PM, presented by the Columbus Museum of Art. The Topiary Park is located at 480 E. Town Street in downtown Columbus. In the event of rain, concerts and art activities will be held inside the Main Library at 96 S. Grant Avenue. Call 614-294-5200 for more information

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