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PBJ & Jazz at the Topiary Park with MinanDya

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by Mark Subel on July 6, 2011

The PBJ & Jazz summer series is pleased to return to the Topiary Park downtown for another performance this Saturday, July 9th as they welcome the Brazilian jazz sounds of MinanDya. 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.

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 concerts are 1-hour long interactive concerts designed to introduce jazz and American music to young children and their families. Featuring some of Columbus’ finest musicians and ensembles, PBJ & Jazz concerts are hosted by former Columbus Music Hall owner and retired music educator Rebecca Ogden – and are a great introduction to live music for the youngest audience member.

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 x 107 for more information.

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