Inanna, Sisters in Rhythm, Maine’s extraordinary female percussion and vocal ensemble, will drum up a storm at the height of summer Saturday, Aug. 14 at High Mountain Hall, 5 Mountain St., from 7:30 to 10 p.m.

The evening will start off with a one-hour concert and seats will be available. However, true to the spirit of High Mountain Hall, home to many dance classes, and to the two 5Rhythms teachers who are sponsoring the event, there will be plenty of space to dance to the beat. And at 8:30 p.m., the chairs will disappear and 5Rhythms teachers Kari Luehman and Anna Abaldo will lead whomever wishes to stay through a fun and invigorating dance experience, accompanied by Inanna’s exhilarating music.

Tickets for the entire evening are $25; admission to only the one-hour concert is $12.

Inanna, Sisters in Rhythm, 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 some 20 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, which makes this group the perfect accompaniment for Luehman and Abaldo, whose 5Rhythms classes have created an exceptional space for peace and sharing through the power of dance both in the local community and in other communities throughout Maine and New England.

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. The group takes its 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.

Inanna’s members include Annegret Baier, Tori Morrill, Lizzy Derector, Andrea Antognoni, Shirsten Lundblad and Anne-Marie D’Amico. All 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 female drummers.

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VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to