FAIRFIELD — Local folk band Sagittarius Rising is set to perform Thursday at the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences in Hinckley to mark holiday festivities on campus.

Isabelle and Phoebe Rogers, 22-year-old twin sisters, have been performing in Maine ever since 2018. The two have been known to compose music by drawing inspiration from nature and incorporate elements of nature into their music.

“All of our songs are deeply connected with nature in some way,” Phoebe Rogers said. “We like to keep our topics open for interpretation.”

Isabelle and Phoebe Rogers make up the local folk band Sagittarius Rising and are slated to  perform next week at the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences in Hinckley to kickstart holiday festivities on campus. Photo courtesy of Sagittarius Rising

Ahead of their Thursday performance, the two are now preparing for their upcoming gig. The duo will perform thee free, public concert Thursday at 13 Easler Road, from 7-8:30 p.m.

Originally from Farmington, the duo has performed for several festivals across the state, including farmers markets, the Maine Youth Climate Conference and the Common Ground Fair, to name a few. Their time in Maine enabled them to foster nature’s presence in their songs.

“It helps the audience connect and resonate with us,” Phoebe Rogers said.

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Sagittarius, the astrological sign, is the ninth Zodiac sign among 12. For the sisters, the sign signifies strength and positivity, which led them to name their band Sagittarius Rising. “We wanted our music to have the same positive influence on our audience as the sign did on us,” Phoebe Rogers said.

As artists, the sisters spent their childhood recording soundtracks for films and creating their own motion animation for the Maine Film Festival in Waterville. The two were always curious about creating art and were inspired by the process of recording music, especially soundtracks, that could be accompanied by art.

“We were inspired by the recording process of making music and how that can accompany visual art,” Phoebe Rogers said. “But we ended up wanting to transition into performing our music live.”

The Rogers sisters also tried their hand in theater, where they realized their love for an audience. The impact of a good performance, they said, made an everlasting impression on their audience.

“Performing live is special because it’s in the moment and it becomes a memory with our audience,” Phoebe Rogers said. “We really were intrigued by that and really love it.”

For the sisters, being a local artist helps to connect with their audience on a deeper level and music, as it has to many others, has had a compelling impact on them.

“We believe that music is a powerful way to create a positive change in our world and in our communities,” Phoebe Rogers said. “The most powerful part about being a musician is having people enjoy what you create and bring to the community.”

The two, when not performing live, like to support other local artists in the state.

“We really love to go support other musicians and other artists,” Phoebe Rogers said, “because I think it’s important to show up for people that we care about.”

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