The Spirit, Breath of Life: by Ackamoor Molina Duet
Saturday, March 3 – 8pm
The Spirit, Breath of Life honors the grassroots fight against racial murders and police brutality. David Molina and Idris Ackamoor perform musical, ritualistic, cleansing ceremonies for collective healing from the violence plaguing our communities. Their sets blend experimental, ambient, jazz, blues, improvisation, and global indigenous music. They play a multitude of traditional acoustic and invented instruments. Molina process these with electronics, creating sparse to dense soundscapes which can be hauntingly beautiful, or dark and unnerving. Ackamoor plays his signature alto and tenor saxophones emphasizing extended range, explosive multi-phonics, lyrical beauty, and intense “outside” playing.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
David Molina is an award-winning composer, musician, sound artist/designer, recording engineer, and instrument inventor. He has created music and sound design for all the performing arts disciplines, film, multimedia productions, and theater companies nationally and internationally, for the past 23 years. His instruments and sound installations have been displayed throughout bay area galleries and festivals. Recent credits include Naomi Rincon Gallardo’s The Formaldehyde Trip (SFMOMA, The Broad Museum), touring and recording with Idris Ackamoor and The Pyramids, and TAU (Berlin). Molina's music and bands: Ghosts and Strings, Transient, and Impuritan www.drmsound.com
Idris Ackamoor is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, actor, and tap dancer. He is the founder of the internationally celebrated performance company Cultural Odyssey. He is Artistic Director of the legendary world music/jazz ensemble The Pyramids. Idris has performed and collaborated with tenor saxophonists Chico Freeman and the late John Tchicai, choreographer/dancer Bill T. Jones, writer Ntozake Shange and Pearl Cleage, his longtime partner actress Rhodessa Jones, and many others. Idris was a protégé of Chicago legendary master clarinetist Clifford King who played with Jelly Roll Morton and Freddie Keppard in the 1920s.
The Spirit, Breath of Life is funded by InterMusic SF’s Musical Grant Program.