The next After Hours concert at the Main Library brings a truly unique and uplifting group: Inanna, Sisters in Rhythm. Inanna is an all-women’s percussion and vocal ensemble dedicated to cultural diversity, education, and healing through the universal language of music. Blending western vocal harmonies with the polyrhythms of West Africa, the Middle East, and Brazil, they create a multicultural fusion beyond tradition. Together for 26 years, the band has recorded six full-length albums; been invited to schools to teach drumming and culture to youth; and performed extensively.
Members Annegret Baier, Tori Morrill, and Shirsten Lundblad have traveled throughout the world to study with master drummers. Through their own teaching, the members of Inanna seek not only to provide musical education, but also to cultivate vibrant community. The band takes its name from the ancient Sumerian goddess Inanna, who was worshiped more than 4,000 years ago when it is believed that the drummers were predominantly women.
Inanna’s repertoire includes a variety of drums: West African dununs (bass drums), djembes, congas, kpanlogo, sabar, surdo, doumbek, frame drums: tar, bodhran, tambourine, riq, kanjira, and melodic percussion such as the balafon, kalimba, and hammered dulcimer. Rhythmic texture is enhanced with bells, shakers, cymbals, tibetan bowls, chimes, claves and wood blocks. Their vocals are distinctive in that Inanna utilizes Western harmonies, and their melodies also include the violin and ukelele
The concert will take place on Saturday, February 9 at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30, so arrive early to ensure you can find parking! After Hours concerts are sponsored by the Friends of the South Portland Public Library. For more information, call Circulation at 767-7660 x 2.