Platform is proud to announce the first ever Scottish show from legendary West coast intergalactic jazz mavericks, The Pyramids, led by their inspirational bandleader, Idris Ackamoor.
Alto saxophonist Ackamoor had originally left his home town 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 1972/73, which allowed him and bandmates Margo and Kimathi to travel to Europe and Africa.
The Pyramids played their last concert at the 1977 UC Berkeley Jazz Festival alongside Al Jarreau. Due to different paths and the dissolution of Ackamoor’s marriage with Margo, it was time to move on. Ackamoor turned to traditional jazz whilst continuing to compose original music and lead new groups. In 1979, he formed a new non-profit organization, Cultural Odyssey, which is still going strong 37 years later.
Out of the blue, The Pyramids announced their return in 2012. The momentum has continued for the group. Ackamoor landed a Lifetime Achievement Award from Gilles Peterson at his Worldwide Awards in London and German label Disko B released a box set of the band’s archive recordings alongside the first new studio album by the band in over 35 years, ‘Otherworldly’.
The reunited Pyramids embarked on a new cosmic odyssey last Summer with a brand new album for Strut, ‘We Be All Africans’, recorded at Max Weissenfeldt’s analogue Philophon studio. The result was a sparkling set of Afro-jazz-funk fusions, from the infectious chants of the title track to the reflective ‘Epiphany’ and the yearning, mournful future single, ‘Silent Days’ featuring the brilliant vocals of Berlin-based singer, Bajka. June the 5th will see the bands first ever Scottish show live at Platform.
Platform are delighted that New band ‘Orions Belt’ - (feat member of Trembling Bells) will open the show from 7:30pm