ORONO, Maine — Inanna, Sisters in Rhythm will perform at the l8th annual HOPE Festival at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the University of Maine Student Recreation and Fitness Center. Their performance will be the exciting finale for a day of celebrating the earth and our connections to each other.
Other performers will include the joyous HOPE Festival Singers directed by Marty Kelley, the amazing juggling of Zachary Field, and the acoustic duro, Timbered Lake, Lake, an featuring a synthesis of spoken word and song composed by poet-singer Crow Suncloud and singer-songwriter Diana Ramsdell Newman. The keynote speaker will be renowned author and environmental activist, Bill McKibben. There will also be fun and informative activies for children, delicious food for sale from local vendors (Sassafrass Catering, Blue Hill Coop, Old Oak Dairy, Daily Bread, Rolling Acres Farm Thai Food) and more than 60 organizations sharing information about their work for a better world.
Inanna is a percussion and vocal ensemble that explores the heritage and rhythms of West Africa, through original arrangements and compositions invoking ancient traditions of the drum. Inanna was originally created by the participants of a drum class in Alna, Maine twenty years ago. Since that time, Inanna has recorded and released five, full-length albums and has performed at numerous percussion festivals and community events. Inanna is deeply dedicated to the education and cultivation of peace and sharing among cultures through the power of music.
As a group, Inanna members have studied percussion with Karamo Sabally of Gambia, West Africa; John McDowell of the Afro-jazz fusion group “Mamma Tongue”; Yaya Diallo, master drummer from Mali and the author of The Healing Drum; Layne Redmond , author of When the Drummers Were Women; and Famoudou Konaté, one of the world’s best known and recognized djembe players.
Inanna takes their name from an ancient Sumerian goddess, who held reign more than 4,000 years ago during a period when it is believed that drummers and dancers were predominantly women. The ensemble chose the name of this ancient goddess to express their ties with earlier traditions.
All members play a variety of percussion instruments such as: Djembes, Kpanlogo, Africa bass drums (Doundounba, Kenkeni and Sangba), Congas, Balafon (an African Xylophone), kalimba (thumb piano), shekeres and a variety of bells and other small instruments. The ensemble also plays frame drums which are found in almost every culture and are the ancient instrument of women drummers. Members of Inanna include Annegret Baier, Tori Morrill, Lizzy Derector, Andrea Antognoni, Shirsten Lundblad and Anne-Marie D’Amico.
For more information about the HOPE Festival or to volunteer, call 942-9343.