Without concerts, noise-craving eardrums would be forced to spend evenings pressed against the dryer listening for the sounds of loose change, overalls, and pocket crowbars tumbling through the spin cycle. Avoid awkward neck cramping with today’s Groupon: for $18, you get two adult tickets to Speaking in Tongues (up to a $36 value) at The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University in St. Paul on Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 3 p.m. Speaking in Tongues fuses the diverse musical talents of four international performers to create an original sound that has been described as “folk music for a new world.” Hailing from Ghana, China, Mexico, and the United States, respectively, drummer and composer Sowah Mensah, master pipa player Gao Hong, virtuoso bassist Enrique Toussaint, and Minnesotan percussionist Marc Anderson employ a variety of instruments to weave together an eclectically harmonious sound that puts the International Space Station’s karaoke Thursdays to shame. The foursome will be featured in collaboration with Chinese percussion quartet Ba Da Chui (meaning "Four Big Hammers").
Musicians Gao Hong, Sowah Mensah, Enrique Toussaint, and Marc Anderson of Speaking In Tongues have impressive musical resumés and have received much attention in the press. Previous audiences praise their performances on the Speaking in Tongues website.
- This wasn’t’ just a concert. It was an experience! A whole world in one evening.
- Speaking in Tongues is connected with a fundamental universal force that is within all peoples of the world.