Drumming up a storm to celebrate the arrival of fall is Inanna, Sisters in Rhythm, a female percussion and vocal ensemble from Maine. Inanna will be performing at the beautiful High Mountain Hall in Camden on Friday, Sept. 23 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

The evening will start off with a half hour drumming circle for anyone who wants to come and drum with Inanna. From 7:30 onward, 5Rhythms teachers Kari Luehman and Anna Abaldo will lead everyone through a fun, freestyle and liberating dance experience, accompanied by Inanna’s exhilarating music. Tickets for the entire evening are $20 to 25.

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 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.

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.

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

For more information about the event or about 5Rhythms in Maine, please visit maine5rhythms.com. For more information about Inanna, please see inanna.ws. For directions to High Mountain Hall, highmountainhall.com.