D/B recommended: The Pyramids – A Journey into Psychedelic Afro Jazz @ Kater Holzig Berlin | Saturday, 29.10.2011

The Pyramids, founded 1971 at ohio’s ANTIOCH college, THE PYRAMIDS soon embarked on an amazing cultural odyssey which lead them, via europe to africa.

[audio:the_pyramids 02 land of eternal song suite part 3.mp3]There they not only visited the legendary rock churches in LALIBELA (ethopia), which lend one of their albums the name, but also lived in ghana and kenya for a while. members included the never resting IDRIS ACKAMOOR and his soon-to-become wife, flautist MARGO ACKAMOOR.

2007 saw a highly energetic reunion of the group in the original line-up, which has performed several shows in the bay area now, boosting their trademark sound of massive afrocentric drumming meets ecstatic group improvisations.

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 Pyramids | live at Le Contretemps 2011, Geneva, Switzerland

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.

After the show, afrocosmodelicjazzfunkster Falko Teichmann will dig deep into the crates of mystic break music.

Digital in Berlin highly recommended! We are giving away 2×2 tickets for The Pyramids. Just send a mail to win@digitalinberlin.de with “The Pyramids” as the subject.

The Pyramids LIVE (Ikef, USA)
presented by Planet Rock

Dj: Falko Teichmann (Kater Holzig / Goldmund)

Kater Holzig | Michaelkirchstr. 23 | 10179 Berlin/Mitte
Saturday, 29.10.2011 | 20:00 CET

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