Inanna is a new and unique take on the oldest known story in the world by Mikael Öberg and Lee Berwick. 

This hour long collaboration explores the origins of duality – life & death, day & night, summer & winter – and tells the story of an all powerful goddess, whose desire for power, love and adventure knows no bounds.

Inanna will be released/unleashed on the Autumn Equinox of this year the 23rd of September via Digidub records on bandcamp and all streaming platforms.

Link here :-

This recording is a version of a stage piece that Lee and Mikael have performed live at venues and festivals around Scandinavia and the UK, in collaboration with visual artist Daniel Rudholm.

Cody Dock Performance ©David Mirzoeff Photography

Each show has been different to the last as the piece evolves and performances have involved massive projections, choirs floating on docks, story tellers on landlocked boats and entranced audiences…

Lee’s sound design is manipulated/improvised live as the story unfolds…

Cody Dock Performance ©David Mirzoeff Photography

While doing research for the project, Mikael consulted with Lennart Warring and Taina Kantola, Swedish experts on Mesopotamian arts and culture, who produced the most recent official Swedish translation of this source material. Their deep insight into Inanna’s fascinating universe played a crucial part in the development of the unique version presented here, which  emphasises things often overlooked in the retelling of these ancient stories. These include ancient Mesopotamian dream interpretation practices and the trickster-like, dynamic traits of the enigmatic lead character.

Cody Dock Performance ©David Mirzoeff Photography

The stories of Inanna – the goddess of sex, fertility and warfare – are some of the most ancient in recorded history and were written down on clay tablets about 4000 years ago. They tell of a power-hungry and irresistible goddess who stalks both the world, and the underworld drowning people and gods alike in her radiant presence. Wherever she goes change and disruption follows in her footsteps.

The source material consists of single unordered episodes, many of them fragmented, leaving room for interpretation.