Idris Ackamoor☥The Pyramids will continue their intergalactic musical odyssey with a global tour announcing their acclaimed new album on STrut Records, “AN ANGEL FELL" with performances throughout Summer and Fall 2019 in the USA, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Sweden Czech Republic and other locations.
“AN ANGEL FELL” has been universally acclaimed as “ONE OF THE BEST ALBUMS” of 2018 by THE NEW YORK CITY JAZZ RECORD, RECORD COLLECTOR, THE QUIETUS Magazine, and ALL ABOUT JAZZ Magazine, to mention just a few.
The band will also perform music from their lauded 2016 release “WE BE ALL AFRICANS” as well as premier completely new music from the upcoming release, “SHAMAN!” Like each new release from Idris Ackamoor☥The Pyramids “SHAMAN!” will be a departure from any previous release in terms of style, concept, and personnel providing fresh new perspectives and “energy” for the 21st Century Pyramids!
THE PYRAMIDS was founded close to FIFTY YEARS AGO in 1972! 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. 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.” A Berlin booking agency began organizing European dates for the band and The Pyramids were fully back in business. The momentum has continued for the group with Ackamoor landing 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” on Strut Records of London, and the bands critically acclaimed 2012 release “OTHERWORLDLY” on Disko B Records of Munich, Germany.