Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids Record Release Show with SK Kakraba and DJ Carlos Niño, Night 1

Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids Record Release Show with SK Kakraba and DJ Carlos Niño, Night 1

SK Kakraba (solo), Carlos Niño (DJ)

Thu · May 24, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

8:00 - 8:20 PM - SK Kakraba

8:30 - 9 PM - Carlos Niño (DJ set)

09:00 - 10:15 PM - First set, performing songs from the album “WE BE ALL AFRICANS”

10:15 - 10:55 - Carlos Niño (DJ set)

11:00 - 12:15 - Second set, performing songs from the album “AN ANGEL FELL”

12:15 - 1:00 AM - Carlos Niño (DJ set)

Idris Ackamoor
Idris Ackamoor
Idris Ackamoor (born Bruce Baker circa 1950, hometown Chicago) is a multi-instrumentalist (saxophone), composer, actor, tap dancer, director, and producer. He is the Founder and Executive/Co-Artistic Director of the San Francisco performance company, Cultural Odyssey.

The LAB Presents

Idris Ackamoor☥The Pyramids will celebrate their acclaimed new album on STRUT RECORDS, “AN ANGEL FELL" with a Record Release Party & Concert FRIDAY - SATURDAY, June 1 - 2, 2018 at THE LAB, 2948 16th Street, San Francisco. Tickets + more The band will also perform music from their lauded 2016 release 'WE BE ALL AFRICANS”! All Music and Lyrics Composed and Arranged by Idris Ackamoor made possible by the Gerbode Foundation’s 2016 – 2017 Composers Commission for Award.
“AN ANGEL FELL” is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed 2016 release, “WE BE ALL AFRICANS” which was celebrated by NPR PUBLIC RADIO. “It's more like a Central African nightclub…or downtown Manhattan or Chicago's South Side in the late '60s and early '70s, where free-improvising saxophones met electronics and rock music and Sly Stone amid the urgency of the civil rights struggle.” “AN ANGEL FELL” has already been called a “MASTERPIECE” by Andrew Matmusic and “The new album is complete fire — right in the moment” by noted DJ Gilles Peterson.
“AN ANGEL FELL” is a “concept” album for the 21st Century with each track building on the other and unified by a common narrative. Produced, recorded, and mixed August 14 – 18, 2017 by Malcolm Catto at Quatermass Sound Lab, London, UK. Strut Records now once again brings the band together for another new side of intergalactic jazz funk, afro-beat grooves and hypnotic licks. “Like Fela and Sun Ra had a massive party and the whole world was invited. And everyone was blissed out and happy. All the time. Forever….” —
Idris Ackamoor☥The Pyramids feature the bandleader on alto/tenor saxophones, percussions, keyboard, and vocals, Sandy Poindexter violins and vocals, Skyler Stover acoustic and electric bass, vocals, and percussions, Silvestre Martinez drums, and percussions, David Molina guitar, percussions and vocals, and Bradie Speller congas and percussions. The band most recently returned from a summer/fall tour throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Japan performing at a variety of venues including the American Center, Paris, Field Day Festival, London, Festival Theater der Welt, Hamburg, Germany, Novara Jazz Festival, Italy, Frue Festival, Japan, Dekmantel Festival, Amsterdam, Wassermusik Festival, Berlin, and many other locations.
THE PYRAMIDS was founded close to FIFTY YEARS AGO in 1972! Alto 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. Due to different paths it was time for the individual members to move on. 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.” Chicago label Ikef reissued the three 1970s albums on vinyl. At the same time ‘EM’ Records in Japan released ‘The Music of Idris Ackamoor 1971-2004’. The Berlin agency, Planet Rock (, began organizing European dates for the band and The Pyramids were fully back in business. The momentum has continued for the group. Ackamoor landed 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" and the bands critically acclaimed 2012 release “OTHERWORLDLY” on Disko B Records of Munich, Germany. At ZEBULON CAFE in Los Angeles, and at THE LAB in San Francisco Idris Ackamoor☥The Pyramids will play music from “AN ANGEL FELL” and "WE BE ALL AFRICANS”.


"If Alice Coltrane is for your chiropractor’s office, and Sun Ra is for your dorm, then The Pyramids are for the back room of a hidden meeting of the Masons in a nondescript building down by the Greyhound station. In a genre kept alive by people who thrive on knowing the unknown, The Pyramids are deeply unknowable.” – Carvell Wallace 5/6/2016

Le Guess Who? Festival - Utrecht, Holland

“Such a cosmopolitan setting is the perfect portal into Idris Ackamoor and the Pyramids’ time-sliding universe, where free jazz, gypsy folk, ‘50s exotica and Latin rhythms mingle and multiply across their lengthy, spirit-lifting journeys. Sandy Poindexter’s earthy violin and Ackamoor’s soaring alto sax are a heady combination, and my feet barely touch the ground.” FACT Magazine - CHAL RAVENS


"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 The Pyramids!" BERLINER ZEITUNG – Maurice Summen

"The Pyramids created a unique avant-garde sound which looked back to Africa and forward to an otherworldly future in outer-space."
MONOCLE, June 2016 – Robert Bound
“Ackamoor and friends have created a modern classic.. “...keep flipping this sensational
LP until you’ve solved why you love it so much.” – MONOCLE, June 2016 – Robert Bound

MOJO, July 2016 – Lois Wilson
“This follow – up is nothing less than extraordinary...pure astral tripping.”
SK Kakraba (solo)
SK Kakraba (solo)
Sk Kakraba was born in Saru, a small farming community in the northern region of Ghana, an area known for its many great xylophone players. He undertook traditional training in xylophone from a young age. When he was very young he was always listening to xylophonists play and he would grab the beaters and start to learn what he heard them play, especially when his family members were performing. When SK played something incorrectly, he was shown the right way. Most of his family are also gyil players, in addition to his uncle Kakraba Lobi, one of the first gyil players to tour, lecture and record internationally. Over time, he learned a large repertoire and became a working master of the instrument.

He kept learning until Lobi brought SK to Accra to work as a performer and instructor at the International Center for African Music at the University of Ghana. As SK puts it, “When I moved to Accra in 1997, I was around 20, I had to make money for myself so I strapped on my xylophone and carried it around Central Accra or the zongos (Muslim ghettoes) and markets and people would throw money on the instrument. I made a living that way.” In the year 2000-2001, SK began touring internationally to share his culture, performing in Jordan, Switzerland, and seven African countries. In 2002, he released his first recording Gandayina: Xylophone Music of Ghana (Pentatonic Press). In 2012 SK relocated to Los Angeles and began working with local musicians to create a new blend of traditional and modern music. He also began performing for children in schools and giving workshops to American music teachers. He is working on a book with Doug Goodkin of Gyil music adaptable to Orff instruments.

Having completed his first European tour (London, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin amongst others), he performed at the 2016 World Music Festival in Chicago, Illinois. Just recently SK opened for two legendary musicians – Lee Scratch Perry and U-Roy, both times at the Echoplex in Los Angeles.
Carlos Niño (DJ)
Carlos Niño (DJ)
Carlos Gabriel Niño is an internationally celebrated producer, arranger, composer, musician, radio host, DJ, music consultant, writer, poet, and event organizer, based in his hometown of Los Angeles, California. He has been an important force in the contemporary independent music scene since 1995. A prolific artist, Niño has been involved in the production of more than 100 records and has toured with various bands and as a DJ throughout Europe, Japan and the United States.
Venue Information:
2478 N Fletcher Dr
Los Angeles, CA, 90039