After the incredible concerts in volksbühne and at the fusion festival – see review and pictures here in august 2011 – the legendary pyramids return to berlin:
Next saturday, 29th oct.
Kater Holzig, Michaelkirchstr 22
doors: 20 pm
concert: 21 pm (sharp)
decks: falko teichmann
Infos: planet rock / Kater Holzig:
“Deeply spiritual Afro psychedelic music”
At the dawn of the 1970s, saxophonist Idris Ackamoor, flautist Margo Simmons and bassist Kimathi Asante were embedded in the radical artistic hotbed of Ohio’s Antioch College. Idris Ackamoor had cut his teeth with Albert Ayler’s alto player Charles Tyler in LA & Clifford King in Chicago and had his own free jazz outfit -The Collective- with Margo Simmons and three other Ohio musicians; Kimathi Asante had played in a handful of obscure acid rock bands before being tapped by Sonny Sharrock’s Brute Force but like many of the musicians caught up in the gestalt at Antioch, it was under the tutelage of Cecil Taylor and participation in his 40 member Black Music Ensemble that Idris, Kimathi and Margot began to galvanize a vision of the free black music they would soon play as The Pyramids.
Young, vital and filled with an insatiable wanderlust, the trio set sail in 1972 for a year long cultural odyssey through the heart of Africa by way of the fertile expatriate cultures of Paris and Amsterdam. Kimathi suggested the name while they were in France: The Pyramids.
The group liked its evocation of the symbolic monuments of African and Egyptian culture. Steadfast and timeless.
In Paris, they picked up drummer Donald Robinson, the son of an expat activist living in Paris, who was running with the Frank Wright crowd. In Amsterdam, the group spent several months living & playing gigs at the Literary Café, the Kosmos, and VPRO before arriving at a commune settlement outside Accra, Ghana called “Weekend in Havana”. From their hub in Accra, The group made excursions to Bolgatanga and Tamale where they had the rare opportunity to study and play with Alhassan Ibrahim and the King’s drummers of Tamale.
From Ghana, the group moved on to Nairobi, Kenya and made treks to the countryside to
experience and record the music of the Masai and Kikuyu tribes; At year’s end, the young
musicians closed out their travels through the continent with trips to legendary rock churches in Lalibela, Ethiopia and the pyramids in Egypt.
The members returned with a name, a sound, a look and a singular vision that infused their highenergy fire music with hypnotizing Pan-African melodies, propulsive polyrhythms and a deeply spiritual Afro psychedelic music. In the span of just over 5 years together, The Pyramids cut three stunning independently produced albums that drew heavily upon the shared experiences abroad.
Both Lalibela and King of Kings were cut in Ohio and performed before large crowds at Antioch’s Kelly Hall. Birth/Speed/Merging was made shortly after the group relocated to Oakland, California where the group continued to perform live – even doing a live stint on local television station KQED.
By 1977, the group had disbanded. More than 30 years later, The Pyramids – all still musically active – reunited to great acclaim in San Francisco in May 2007 for the San Francisco International Art Festival. Now, close to 40 years since the founding of the group, The Pyramids toured Europe in November and December 2010 mesmerizing audiences at various clubs and festivals in Germany, Austria, Denmark, Belgium, and The Netherlands with a new sound!
“THEY PLAY TO MAKE MUSIC FIRE! THEY PLAY TO MAKE THE SOUL BURST FROM THE BODY!”
What people have said about The Pyramids:
“One of the best concerts of the season.”— Jacek Slaski
“The Pyramids created magic with their bewitching cocktail of African styles and free jazz.” —
Martin Hornsleth — Arhus, Denmark
“Idris Ackamoor (of The Pyramids) began to reshape the obsolete notion of “world music” in an
increasing shrinking planet. His compositions incorporated intercontinental and cosmic sources, opening passages into boundless periods and locales, each one seemingly unearthed from futuristic sarcophagi.” — Sam Ada — THE FADER MAGAZINE
“The groups music is built to last.” Huston, SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN — THE FADER MAGAZINE
“To say this collection (Music of Idris Ackamoor 1971 — 2004 EM Records) is essential is an
understatement of the year. If anything, it achieves its purpose, which is to shower with attention a living legend of modern jazz. “— Tom Sekowski — NEMEZIS Web review
At last here is an interview: and there will be a soundcloud mix soon with psychoselic far out space jazz here.
Here is a classic