Point Richmond Jazz presents Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids featuring Sandra Poindexter, violin
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Point Richmond Jazz presents Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids featuring Sandra Poindexter, violin
". . . A living legend of modern jazz." - Tom Sekowski - Nemesis web review

IDRIS ACKAMOOR is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, actor, tap dancer, producer, administrator, and director, and also the Artistic Director of the legendary world music/jazz ensemble THE PYRAMIDS. Mr. Ackamoor has been honored with TWO Lifetime Achievement Awards for his extraordinary musical and theatrical contributions. The most recent was presented in January 2012 by the renowned BBC radio personality Gilles Peterson at the Worldwide Awards Show in London.

In 2003 San Franciscos historic magazine, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, presented Idris with his first. During December 2013 Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids conducted their 7th tour of Europe mesmerizing audiences at various music hot spots in Germany, Denmark, The Czech Republic, Sweden, United Kingdom and Switzerland. One of the highlights of the tour was the bands performance at the worlds leading underground music show The Boiler Roomin London where the presenter remarked, 'One of the most enthralling performances weve ever seen!'

Idris has performed and collaborated with tenor Saxophonists Chico Freeman and John Tchicai, the late alto saxophonist Charles Tyler, drummer Famoudou Don Moye of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, The Cecil Taylor Creative Orchestra, choreographer/dancer Bill T. Jones, writer Ntozake Shange and Pearl Cleage, his longtime partner, actress Rhodessa Jones, and many others.

Idris is a protege of Chicago legendary master clarinetist Clifford King who played with Jelly Roll Morton and Freddie Keppard in the 1920s. Idris received his B.A. in Music from Antioch College, in Yellow Springs, Ohio where one of his most influential teachers was the influential pianist Cecil Taylor. Idris has also studied tap dance with legendary hoofers Al Robinson, Steve Condos, and Eddie Brown. Mr. Ackamoor is one of the first musicians of his generation to have traveled, lived and studied in Africa in 1972 and 73.

During his stay in Africa he performed with the Kings Prayer Drummers of Tamale, Ghana as well as lived in Kenya where he studied the music of the Kikuyu and Masai. In 2013 Mr. Ackamoor received a James Irvine Foundation Exploring Engagement Fund Award to conduct concerts, music workshops, and rehearsals to build the Music is the Healing Force Community Orchestra composed of low-income, African American, and nonprofessional musicians culminating in concert presentations in nontraditional arts venues in San Francisco.

The U.S. Department of State, Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau selected Idris twice as an Arts Envoy. In his role as an arts ambassador he journeyed to Johannesburg, South Africa conducting residency activities inside the Naturena Womens Prison with his partner Rhodessa Jones. In 2007 Idris conducted his first U.S. Department of State Speakers Tour of Russia where he conducted performances and workshops throughout the country.

Idris has been in the spotlight of late thanks to the renewed interest in his 1970s legendary band, THE PYRAMIDS which he reunited in 2010. In the last three years a stunning 12 albums have been released of Mr. Ackamoors music, including the first Pyramids album in over 35 years entitled 'Otherworldly.' In addition, a 3 CD box set was released (of the bands 70s recordings) entitled 'The Pyramids:They Play to Make Music Fire!' As well, there is a reissue on vinyl of the 70s recordings 'Lalibela' (1973), 'King of Kings' (1974), and 'Birth Speed Merging' (1976). All of the above were released simultaneously on Disko B Records of Munich, Germany.

In 2004 Idris released his third CD entitled, 'Homage to Cuba.' In 1999 Idris released his second jazz CD entitled, 'Centurian' and in 1998 he recorded and released his first CD entitled 'Portrait.'

Idris has recently received an Individual Artists Award from the San Francisco Cultural Equity Program to compose for the next PYRAMIDS album.

SANDRA POINDEXTER (Violinist, Composer, Educator) - Born and raised in Oakland California. Sandra began studying violin in her early childhood. Much of her study and experience came from the Oakland Youth Orchestras and summer music camps and teachers from the Oakland Symphony. Ms. Poindexters musical experience expands from classical to jazz, Cuban, mariachi and flamenco. Sandra is a former member of alto sax player John Handys group John Handy with Class. The group toured nationally and internationally for over 15 yrs. Some of the highlights of their performances included: The Village Vanguard in New York; The 1989 Monterey Jazz Festival; San Francisco, San Mateo, San Jose, Russian River Jazz Festivals; touring extensively throughout Japan. Currently Sandy is a member of Orquesta La Moderna Tradicion. This group has performed for over 10 yrs. Highlights of the Orquestas performances include the Summer Festival at the Lincoln Center in New York; John Ford Theater in Los Angeles; San Jose and San Francisco Jazz Festivals; Stern Grove; the Smithsonian Institute in D.C. Orquesta La Moderna Tradicion are regulars at Yoshis San Franciso/Oakland and La Pena in Berkeley. Sandra is also currently a member of Avotcja and Modupue, and is THE PYRAMIDS latest collaborator. Other performances include: Sandi Poindexter and Friends at the Yuerba Buena Gardens; Tito y Su Son at the Freight and Salvage; with Kash Killion and Kenneth Nash in Bordeaux, France; Wild Mango; Berkeley Symphony/Kent Nagano performing the work of Oliver Messiaen; UCSF Orchestra. Ms. Poindexter has taught for the Hills Project - privately funded and coordinated through the San Francisco Symphony; the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music; Sandra is currently teaching at Los Cenzontles Mexican Cultural Center. Sandy Poindexters recording history includes; John Handy with Class, Centerpiece, Orquesta La Moderna Tradicion Danzanemos, Goza Conmigo, En Canto; Kash Killion, Killion's Trillions; Idris Ackamoor, Centurian; Conjunto Cepedes, Una Sola Casa; Royal Hardigan, Ancestors.



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