International Music Industry Workshop : 21 June 2012

Urban voices & Music Managers Forum (MMF)

Present: International Music Industry Workshop

You are invited to attend a workshop facilitated by Idris Ackamoor on touring internationally and being a self-sustainable performer. The workshop is specifically designed for musicians and managers. Idris Ackamoor is a recipient of several cultural awards including the 2012 ‘Lifetime Achievement Music Award’ at the Giles Petersen Worldwide Award Show in London

Date: Thursday 21 June

Time: 2pm – 4pm

Venue: SAMRO House, 20 De Korte Street, Braamfontein


Enquiries: Roshnie Moonsammy 011 726 6916)

Due to limited space you are requested to urgently RSVP through the email address, No walk ins will be allowed.

Entrance Free: Snacks will be provided

Supported by US Mission, South Africa

IDRIS ACKAMOOR is the Founder and Co-Artistic Director of the internationally recognized San Francisco performance company Cultural Odyssey. He is also Artistic Director of the legendary world music/jazz ensemble THE PYRAMIDS. In addition, Mr. Ackamoor is also a curator with the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina where he produces the New Performance in Black Theater Series.

Since 1993 Idris has presented a who’s who of the African American performing arts including the late Sekou Sundiata, Roger Guenveur Smith, Ntozake Shange, Pearl Cleage, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and many others. The U.S. Department of State, Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau have just selected Idris as an “ARTS ENVOY”! As one of the Bay Area’s most revered artists he received grant support to journey to South Africa to continue his work in collaboration with Urban Voices Festival inside the Naturena Women’s Prison in Johannesburg, South Africa and then journey on to participate in the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa.


Idris is an alto saxophonist, percussionist, tap dancer, composer, producer and actor and has performed and collaborated with tenor Saxophonists Chico Freeman and John Tchicai, drummer Famoudou Don Moye of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, choreographer/dancer Bill T. Jones, writer Ntozake Shange, his longtime partner actress Rhodessa Jones, and many others. In January 2012 THE PYRAMIDS celebrated their UK debut with a fantastic two-night-residency at London’s legendary CAFÉ OTO and a stint at GILLES PETERSON’s WORLDWIDE AWARDS SHOW where Idris was honored with a “LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD”.

Three previous tours in 2010 and 2011 found Idris performing with THE PYRAMIDS at the Volksbuhn Concert Hall in Berlin, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Enjoy Jazz Festival in Heidelberg, Germany, Uber Jazz Festival in Hamburg, Germany, and other clubs and venues throughout Europe including the Worldwide Festival in Sete, France.

As the principle composer for THE PYRAMIDS his compositions can be heard on the upcoming release “OTHERWORLDLY” on the Disko B Record label in Munich, Germany.

Idris has rightfully been in the spotlight of late thanks to the awesome collection of his material released on the Japanese EM label The Music of Idris Ackamoor 1971 – 2004 as well as the renewed interest in his 1970’s legendary band, THE PYRAMIDS. IKEF Records of Chicago released all three Pyramids’ albums on vinyl including “Lalibela” (1973), “King of Kings” (1974), and “Birth/Speed/Merging” (1976). 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”. Mr. Ackamoor has received many awards for his work including a GOLDIE Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, two Individual Artists Commissions from the San Francisco Cultural Equity Program, and a Meet the Composer and American Composers Forum grant for writing new music.