The Pyramids – Otherworldly
Format: doLP / CD
01 Memory Ritual
02 Time Capsule
03 What The World Needs Now
05 Nebulosity Part 2
06 Uttering Sacred Words
07 Cloud Rider
08 Boundless Eterneties
10 Ancient Funk
12 They Came From Chicago
13 St. Louis Two!
15 Memory Ritual / Extended Version
|The adventure begins!
Discover The Pyramids…again!!
Founded 40 years ago in 1972 “Otherworldly” is the first Pyramids’ album in over 35 years. They released three albums before splitting up in 1977 – albums that made them one of the most mysterious and legendary of all the spiritual cosmic jazz collectives of the early 70s.
2007 it came to a highly energetic reunion, boosting their trademark sound of massive afro-centric drums & percussion meeting ecstatic group improvisations. The Pyramids’ extensive European tours in 2010/11 turned out to be a great triumph: mesmerizing audiences at various clubs and festivals all over Europe with a new sound and a new band configuration featuring founding members Idris Ackamoor and Kimathi Asante, original member Bradie Speller, and special guest artists Kenneth Nash and Kash Killion.
“Wow – what a show they put on!”
The collective received rave reviews and standing ovations in every city they played in. They also blew Gilles Peterson’s mind at WORLDWIDE FESTIVAL and the WORLDWIDE AWARDS where The Pyramids’ spiritual and musical leader, Idris Ackamoor was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award. In summer 2011 The Pyramids were recording tracks for a new double album (the first since 1976!) at the studio of Krautrock legends Faust in South Germany.
“We were way ahead of our time, so we decided to let time catch up”
The new album contains 14 never before released tracks. The Pyramids’ signature sound is still percussion driven, no surprise with Nash and Speller being two of the most masterful percussionists on the planet. Another signature style of The Pyramids is the “two bass” concept combining Kash Killion’s acoustic bass with electric bass by Thomas “Kimathi Asante” Williams. Ancient funk. Idris Ackamoor plays his alto sax in an absolutely astonishing way, sometimes simultaneously performing tap dance to create percussive rhythms, “suggesting a post-be-bop Prince” as the NY Times called him.
The Pyramids trip out into unexplored territory of spontaneous improvisation, sometimes trance like off to an outer inner space journey. They play to make music fire! “Otherworldly reminds of a giant insect colony on another planet doing a collective mating dance.”
The Pyramids were world music even before the term was coined back in the early 70’s. They use a battery of ethnic instruments you’ll probably never heard of like mbira, calypso boxes, Russian zither, West African bolong, Egyptian sensemia harp, pygmy whistle,.. But they don’t play them trying to duplicate the authentic African music but use them in a way that the music does sound almost otherworldly: “We want to play music that is original and full of imagination; completely boundless.”
Past, Present & Future
THE PYRAMIDS are truly at one with their art: Like Sun Ra and the Art Ensemble of Chicago they are part of the original movement from the 70s, but also part of the present and the future: Unique avant-garde exploring the musical roots of their African ancestors as well as looking forward to an otherworldly future in outer-space.
“Their spiritual mix of free jazz, ethnic authenticity and street funk remains remarkably untouched.”