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Magical Night with INANNA – Sisters in Rhythm

Venue: One Longfellow Square Portland, Me ~ February 18, 2012 ~

Feb 19, 2012
Kimmy Sophia Brown

I was excited to see Inanna again because I knew we were in for a treat. The stage was set with a large array of world drums, percussion and rhythm instruments. There was a big crowd and everyone seemed excited to be there. Last night was the CD release party for their new CD, Jewel in the Heart, recorded at the Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield, Maine. The four women, Tori Morrill, Shirsten Lundblad, Lizzy Derecktor and Annagret Baier were dressed in their signature sleeveless tunics with the colorful flame patterns. Even Michelle Obama would be envious of their arm muscles! They are beautiful -- bursting with feminine strength and energy. Inanna’s music is a composite of African, Indian, and world rhythms and original compositions. You can go to their website to find out more about the history of the group and who they’ve studied with over the years: Inanna - Sisters in Rhythm.

Not only are they accomplished and powerful musicians but there is something magical about them. A sort of alchemy occurred last night between the playing and the listening that felt like a vibrational sound healing. The synthesis of the drumming, their gorgeous harmonies and all that they embody were enthralling. We were lifted into a state of euphoria. I believe their music calls forth the secret spheres of the elementals and hidden helpers of the earth to come and join in. Invisible or not, I felt them!

InannaI loved the song, “Bee the Moment”, a title which is a play on words. It began with violin and drums creating a drone like the sound of bees. It should be the anthem for the world:

“…This is what I choose, this is what I know. If I knew a better way, I’m sure I’d walk that road…be the moment, in your presence. All we have is now. Be the moment, in your presence. All we have is now.” 

Maine Poet Laureate, Martin Steingesser, was invited to the stage last night -- once to offer a poem and later to tell a story accompanied by Inanna. Inanna finished the evening with a lullaby, and encouraged us to join in singing the simple lyrics: “Namo Amitaba, Kuan Yin, Bodhisatva”. Then there was one last rousing African drumming song and two standing ovations. We came home flying. I played their Jewel in the Heart CD all morning and danced around the house like a priestess looking for a temple.

Inanna makes music with intention and that’s one of their biggest strengths. On the CD jacket is this quote:

“We are in a time of great transformation on planet Earth. May we move into living life from the heart. May we embrace all cultures as family. May we give back to the Earth that sustains us. May we remember the bliss that is at the heart of our being that expresses itself through our common language of music, rhythm and dance.”

Also here’s the link to their Kickstarter project, which raised money to get this CD recorded. They accomplished the goal already but it’s a really inspiring appeal:

Inanna Sisters In Rhythm Kickstarter

Inanna has a mission and they are fulfilling it. May Father/Mother/God/Goddess bless them a thousand times and may their music fill the earth for millennia.

Jonne Trees Photo

For music lovers visiting Portland, Maine, I highly recommend
One Longfellow Square ~ "Portland's Premier Arts Venue"
Check them out at onelongfellowsquare.com.

Kimmy Sophia Brown has loved humor and music and freedom for as long as she can remember.She is especially passionate about the environment and caring for animals.

She writes the column "From the Back Porch" as well as reviews of music in her column "MusicViews". Her goal in her music reviews is to introduce music she loves to people who may not have heard that particular artist or CD. For information about how to submit a CD for review, click here.

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