Frosty w/guest Idris Ackamoor – Celsius Drop
Thursday, May 24 2018
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Here it is, highly honed and happening for YOU. On his weekly Celsius Drop show, dublab co-founder Frosty guides you through an exploration of the vast Future Roots music spectrum. Tune-in to grasp your destiny.
In the 11am hour this week Frosty welcomes special guest Idris Ackamoor onto the show to share music and talk about the new Idris Ackamoor☥The Pyramids album An Angel Fell. Tune-in to catch a snapshot of an artist on an infinite journey through the universe of sound.
More about Idris Ackamoor☥The Pyramids:
Idris Ackamoor (born Bruce Baker circa 1950, hometown Chicago) is a multi-instrumentalist (saxophone), composer, actor, tap dancer, director, and producer. He is the Founder and Executive/Co-Artistic Director of the San Francisco performance company, Cultural Odyssey.
THE PYRAMIDS was founded close to FIFTY YEARS AGO in 1972! Alto saxophonist Ackamoor had originally left his hometown of Chicago to study music at Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, where his teachers numbered legendary pianist Cecil Taylor. Via the Antioch Abroad Program, Ackamoor landed a year’s study overseas in 1972, which allowed him, and two Antioch students, to travel to Europe and Africa where he co — founded THE PYRAMIDS. The trip took in a musical spiritual journey up into Northern Ghana, the land of the Fra Fra of Bolgatanga and the Islam-influenced Dagomba in Tamale, where Ackamoor taped some field recordings. “We played with the King’s musicians in Tamale. I also undertook a healing ceremony in the bush of Bolgatanga with a Fra Fra traditional healer (a Juju Man).”
Back in Yellow Springs, THE PYRAMIDS brought together all of the knowledge from their journey and released 2 independently produced albums including “Lalibela” (1973), and “King of Kings” (1974). After graduating, Idris and the band headed to Oakland, California and quickly met other musicians in the thriving San Francisco Bay Area music scene where they recorded their third album, “Birth / Speed / Merging” in 1976. The Pyramids played their last concert at the 1977 UC Berkeley Jazz Festival sharing the stage with vocalist Al Jarreau, and jazz legends Woody Shaw and Dexter Gordon. Due to different paths it was time for the individual members to move on. Out of the blue, The Pyramids announced their return in 2007. “Around 2006 there was an increased interest in the 1970s music the band recorded with many requests from record labels to re-issue the early albums,” Ackamoor explains. “The Pyramids’ three LPs were showing up on eBay for high prices.” Chicago label Ikef reissued the three 1970s albums on vinyl. At the same time ‘EM’ Records in Japan released ‘The Music of Idris Ackamoor 1971-2004’. The Berlin agency, Planet Rock (http://www.planetrock-booking.de), began organizing European dates for the band and The Pyramids were fully back in business. The momentum has continued for the group. Ackamoor landed a Lifetime Achievement Award from Gilles Peterson at his Worldwide Awards in London.
“AN ANGEL FELL” completes a trilogy of albums since the reformation of the band including the lauded “WE BE ALL AFRICANS” and the bands critically acclaimed 2012 release “OTHERWORLDLY” on Disko B Records of Munich, Germany.
Don’t miss Idris Ackamoor performing live at Zebulon on May 24 and 25th. More info and tickets here.
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