GARDINER — Inanna will perfom at Johnson Hall’s free Summer Waterfront Concert Series at 6 p.m. Friday, July 22, in Waterfront Park.

Inanna was conceived in Alna in 1989, in the context of a drum class taught by John McDowell.

The group’s first official gig was on winter solstice 1989, which is the holiday of the Goddess Inanna, whose myth recounts her descent and re-emergence from the underworld. Some versions of the myth describe her being called back to the upperworld through the sound of the drum. Some versions of the myth also say she was responsible for bringing the drum to her people.

At that first concert, the women of Inanna witnessed the power of the drum in its role of building a conscious community and of cultivating great joy.

Members have traveled throughout the world to study with master drummers. Their teachers include Famoudou Konaté, Yaya Diallo, Layne Redmond, Glen Velez and Babatunde Olatunji.

Through their own teaching, members of Inanna seek not only to provide musical education but also to cultivate vibrant community.


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