with special guest Rhodessa Jones performing songs from her latest work, SHE
In Concert at Brava Theater Center
Friday, February 22nd, 8pm
The adventure begins! Discover THE PYRAMIDS
They released three albums before splitting up in 1977 - albums that made them one of the most mysterious and legendary of all the spiritual cosmic jazz collectives of the early 70s.
THE PYRAMIDS have just returned from a whirlwind tour of Europe performing throughout Europe before thousands of audience members and amazing critical acclaim!
In January 2012 they celebrated their UK debut with a fantastic two-night-residency at London's legendary CAFE OTO and a stint at Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Awards Show (THE PYRAMIDS' spiritual and musical leader, IDRIS ACKAMOOR, was honored with a "Lifetime Achievement Award" at the show!).
Idris Ackamoor co - founded THE PYRAMIDS in the summer of 1972 with two other Antioch College students. Subsequently after the founding of the band in Paris, France, performances throughout Holland and a cultural odyssey throughout Africa, the group independently produced three albums "Lalibela" (1973), "King of Kings" (1974), and "Birth Speed Merging" (1976). The band migrated to San Francisco in 1974 to perform in the arts ecology there for several years and disbanded in 1977 after a final performance at the UC Berkeley Jazz Festival. All three albums as well as a brand new double vinyl album and CD entitled "OTHERWORLDLY", and a 3-CD Box Set of the albums entitled "THE PYRAMIDS 1973 - 1976" have been released on the Munich, Germany Disko B Record label to widespread acclaim and Internet raves!
The Pyramids are:
IDRIS ACKAMOOR - ALTO SAX, PERCUSSIONS & TAP DANCE
KENNETH NASH- CONGAS, DRUMS, PERCUSSIONS & VOCALS
MARK "HESHIMA" WILLIAMS- ACOUSTIC BASS
THE PYRAMIDS are truly at one with their art: Like Sun Ra and the Art Ensemble of Chicago they are part of the original movement from the 70s, but also part of the present and the future: Unique avant-garde exploring the musical roots of their African ancestors as well as looking forward to an otherworldly future in outer-space.
"You may like Sun Ra, know Roland Kirk, and perhaps even Alice Coltrane and Fela Kuti - but what you have to really hear are The Pyramids!"
- BERLINER ZEITUNG - Maurice Summen