The Idris Ackamoor Ensemble: Players
Frederick Harris holds B.M. and M.M. Degrees in Piano from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has performed with many distinguished artists, including Albert "Tootie" Heath, George Coleman, the late Dizzy Gillespie, Billy Higgins, Rufus Reid, Regina Carter, Rebecca Parris, Mark Murphy and Kurt Elling, as well as Bay Area icons Bishop Norman Williams, E.W. Wainwright, Rhiannon, Eddie Marshall, the late Eddie Moore, Jules Broussard, Dr. Margie Baker, Ed Kelly, and Faye Carol. He has performed nationally and internationally, including engagements in Washington, D.C. and at the Jamaica Jazz and Jazz a Juan festivals (Antibes, France) with the Rashied Ali/Ravi Coltrane Quartet with Carlos Santana, and with the St. John's African Orthodox Church ensemble, Ohnedaruth. He is also an educator, having been on the faculties of the S.F. School of the Arts, where he received his Diploma, and is on the faculties of the Stanford Jazz Workshop and Rhythmic Concepts Jazz Camps. Additionally, he is a private instructor in Piano and Percussion and performs extensively in the Bay Area Jazz scene as a drummer and pianist.
Daria began training in the arts at age five studying ballet, tap and ja dance. Her main areas of artistic expressioin are in vocals, dancing and painting. She is a graduate from the School of the Arts in San Francisco where she specialized in dance. She also trained with the San Francisco Ballet and danced in several productions of that company. As a singer she had treaining in vocals for two years with ACT in Tucson Arizona. She has performed professionally as a singer for the last six years and has had the opportunity of performing in some of the most popular and prestigious clubs in the Bay Area including Kimbles West, Café Du Nord, Plush Room, Heart and soul and others. She has recorded with the popular Bay Area group "Midnight Voices" as well as two CD's with the Idris Ackamoor Ensemble.
Mark "Heshima" Williams
Mark is one of the most active bass players on the San Francisco jazz scene. He has played and recorded with some of the legends of the music including Pharoah Sanders, Eddie Henderson, Julian Priester, George Cables, drummer Eddie Moore, alto saxophonist Sonny Simmons, and many others. He currently directs the Monday night jazz jam session at the San Francisco jazz club Rassala's.
Art Hirahara is a jazz pianist/composer who currently resides in the Bay Area. He received his Masters of Fine Arts degree in jazz piano performance at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA and a Bachelor of Music degree in Electronic and Computer Music from the Oberlin College Conservatory in Oberlin, OH. He has worked with noted local musicians Idris Ackamoor, Anthony Brown and the Asian American Orchestra, Bob Kenmotsu, Helcio Milito, Marcus Shelby, Yancie Taylor and E.W. Wainwright. He has composed music for the 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors (18MMW), a San Francisc-based comedy/theater group, as well as for the Asian American Theater Company. He is a founding member and co-artistic director of the pan-Asian percussion group, Asian Crisis, based out of the Oakland Asian Cultural Center.