Music in the Garden

Old Town Center for the Arts presents Arizona Dunun Ensemble in free concert

The Arizona Dunun Ensemble plays during Second Saturday.

The Arizona Dunun Ensemble plays during Second Saturday.

You are invited to a "Music in the Garden" event at the Green Garden Café, right next to Old Town Center for the Arts, at Fifth Street and Main, in Old Town Cottonwood. On Saturday, June 13, at noon, come enjoy the ambiance of a garden setting with the music of the Arizona Dunun Ensemble.

Arizona Dunun Ensemble is a musical group based in Cornville, Arizona, specializing in West African drumming. The Ensemble is dedicated to learning traditional rhythms and songs which accompany the Djembe, or "Jebe Bara," which means Drum of Unity. They strive to share this music with others as accurately and as skillfully as possible and have a lot of fun making a big, joyful noise in the process.

Over the past decade the Djembe has become a hugely popular instrument all over the world; and in the United States it is often played without regard for African technique, tradition, and culture. Out of respect for its roots, the Arizona Dunun Ensemble strives to keep the Djembe in its traditional musical context: hence the name Arizona Dunun Ensemble. In West Africa, the Djembe is typically accompanied by one or more Dunun: a two-headed barrel drum played with a stick. The Dunun provides the "bass" notes and the melody of the music.

Extra drums will be available and audience participation is always welcomed and encouraged.

The event is free. Guest are encouraged to discover the outstanding fresh organic food prepared by Chef Francisco, new owner of the Green Garden Cafe, and a former chef of Enchantment Resort and the Hilton in the Village of Oak Creek.

This "Music in the Garden" event is one in a series of lunch-time music and art expressions. If you are interested in presenting music, poetry, dance or performance art at a "Music in the Garden" event please contact Elena Bullard at Old Town Center for the Arts, (928) 634-0940. The Green Garden Café is located in an historic cottage at Fifth Street and Main in Old Town Cottonwood, and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on event nights at OTCA.

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