Groove and funk band Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids visit Donegal later this month.

On Saturday, November 24, Donegal’s festival of the avant-garde, Distorted Perspectives Presents Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny.

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, Johann Polzer (Europe), George Hearst (USA), drums, David Molina, guitar, percussions and vocals, and Victor Orlando, congas and percussions.

The Pyramids, founded in 1972, released two independently produced albums including “Lalibela” (1973), and “King of Kings” (1974) and 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, but announced their return in 2007 after renewed interest in the band and many requests from record labels to re-issue the early albums.

Cosmic jazz travellers, The Pyramids, led by saxophonist Ackamoor released a brand new album earlier this year, An Angel Fell. “I wanted to use folklore, fantasy and drama as a warning bell,” explains Ackamoor, “The songs explore global themes that are important to me and to us all: the rise of catastrophic climate change and our lack of concern for our planet, loss of innocence and separation… but positive themes too, the healing power of music, collective action and the simple beauty of nature.”

Produced by Malcolm Catto of The Heliocentrics, the album was recorded during an intense week at Quatermass studios in London and is one of the deepest, richest works yet from a band reaching their highest creative peak since the early ’70s. Some of the many highlights include the poignant title track depicting a fallen angel in purgatory, outrage and grief on the powerful, hard hitting ‘Soliloquy For Michael Brown’ and the lilting, beautiful album closer, ‘Sunset’.

Tickets for Distorted Perspectives Presents Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids at the Regional Cultural Centre on Saturday, November 24, at 8pm are available by clicking here.

Alternatively, you can also purchase tickets by telephone. Just call the An Grianán Theatre Box Office on Tel +353 (0) 7491 20777.

Distorted Pespectives

Since its inception in 2014, Distorted Perspectives has played host to many memorable performances from international and local acts such as Damo Suzuki (Japan), Moon Duo (U.S.A), Hookworms (U.K), ZZZ’s (Japan), BC Camplight (U.S.A), Ulrich Schnauss (Ger.), Cian Nugent (Ire.), Jeffrey Lewis (U.S.A), Wild Rocket (Ire.), and many more. The festival strives to promote alternative music and art, celebrating contemporary sound, psych and avant-garde art.