The Idris Ackamoor Ensemble
The Idris Ackamoor Ensemble is one of the Bay Area's most exciting and respected musical aggregations. The Ensemble's members include some of the Bay Area's most respected musicians including pianist Art Hirahara, drummer Fred Harris, percussionist Baba Duru, and vocalist Daria Nile.
The Ensemble has performed at the Afro Solo Festival in San Francisco, the Malcolm X Jazz Festival in Oakland, and during February 2002 performed in ten schools for over 5,000 elementary and high school students throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The concerts traced the evolution of jazz playing jazz standards and original Idris Ackamoor compositions. The February Jazz in the Schools program is an ongoing presentation of the Idris Ackamoor Ensemble and since February 1999 has reached over 10,000 students in over twenty-five San Francisco Bay Area schools.
In October 2001 the Idris Ackamoor Ensemble toured Europe performing at the Nickelsdorf Jazz Club in Austria, the Jazz Studio in Nurnberg, Germany, Weinlokal Jazz Club in Neustadt, Germany and many other locations. During November 2000 Idris Ackamoor and Cultural Odyssey received an Arts International Grant to support the fall European tour of the Idris Ackamoor Ensemble. The Ensemble performed at the Jazz Ost West International Jazz Festival in Nurnberg, Germany as well as various jazz clubs in Austria.
In 1999 Idris released his second jazz CD entitled, "Centurian". Centurian contains eight original Ackamoor compositions played by his ensemble. During 1998 Idris recorded and released his first CD entitled "Portrait" which contains nine original Ackamoor compositions. Both CD's have been favorably reviewed by major music publications.