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The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble

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The Netherlands (2000 – present)

The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble (TKDE) formed in 2000 as a project to compose new music for existing silent movies. Jason Köhnen (aka Bong-Ra) and Gideon Kiers (Telcosystems), both graduates of the Utrecht School of Arts, combined their audio and visual skills to reinterpret classic movies by F.W. Murnau (Nosferatu) and F. Lang (Metropolis).

In 2004 UK trombonist Hilary Jeffery and Swiss cellist Nina Hitz joined TKDE to record the self-titled debut album which was released on Planet Mu Records in May 2006. The ensuing tour saw Eelco Bosman and Paris based vocalist Charlotte Cegarra join, forming the Ensemble into a sextet. London based violinist Sadie Anderson joined in 2008 to supply the group with extra power on stage.

The Netherlands has been TKDE’s homebase since 2007, while members have moved closer to each other to make composing and producing easier.

Apart from the mothership which is TKDE, there is another entity; The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation is a live improv jazz / drone / doom side project consisting of TKDE members and a host of interchanging guest musicians.

Due to the vast possibilities within the band, the sound spectrum of TKDE is hard to capture within one specific composition. Moreover, the project will lean towards various styles depending on the respective members working together at a given time. A good mix between atmosphere and technique is always the strong basis for a TKDE composition.

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  • JamesLebowski

    Yeah well. Three albums and one EP. Might call that three and a half then. (I personally loved Mutations at first but it was only a hint at the greatness of Here Be Dragons)

    5 Apr 8:57am Reply
  • lsteamer

    Three and a half. Mutations is a fucking masterpiece. And I sure as fuck hope not.

    4 Apr 9:49pm Reply
  • JamesLebowski

    So is the TKDE still a thing with their profiles on bandcamp and such vanishing, or are three great albums all we got? Goddamnit I hope they reappear.

    30 Mar 9:18pm Reply
  • mrbigfatgiant

    so fuckin' great !!!

    30 Mar 3:10pm Reply
  • sykeshaunak

    this is awesome!!!

    17 Mar 11:05am Reply
  • SnSnSH

    @ Post-listener.... your name says it all.. Please leave

    16 Mar 2:53pm Reply
  • Post-Listener

    Tagging "The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble" as "dark jazz" = tagging "Venom" as "black metal".

    9 Mar 1:56am Reply
  • WaitingForMetal

    http://nihilistgod.bandcamp.com/

    4 Mar 4:51pm Reply
  • ShivKite

    Where did their Wikipedia page go? I just hope they don't break up...

    2 Mar 1:03am Reply
  • milta

    dark jazz got raped by german poetry:http://www.lastfm.de/music/Van+Corpse/Schmetterlingsfl%C3%BCgel

    1 Mar 8:00pm Reply
  • oreru

    Nice.

    26 Feb 2:10am Reply
  • opethianos

    If anyone is looking for a compilation tape from this great group, should better check out this tape.ly/the-darkjazz-mount

    20 Feb 3:35pm Reply
  • lsteamer

    I sent something similar: "FB page and bandcamp gone. What's happening? Don't you fucking dare to call it quits. PS: I love you, would perform sexually if you come to Mexico. j/k except not joking. (maybe with the girls)"

    21 Jan 4:31am Reply
  • GraveTone

    I asked them on soundcloud what's going on with their shop on bandcamp. Here's the response: "Hi guys! I tried to contact you via e-mail on info@tkde.net, but I just got error message, that recipient don't exist. Here's my message to you: I can no longer access your albums on bandcamp, I keep getting error messages when trying to view album, or an image with upcoming shows. Has something changed? Can we no longer buy your albums on bandcamp? If you can, please respond, because no one knows what's going on with your shop. TKDE Hi, the old shop is not working any longer, we hope to have new stuff for sale soon ! Best, TKDE."

    20 Jan 11:27pm Reply
  • lsteamer

    God... No idea.. please no...

    20 Jan 1:54am Reply
  • Pharaun_

    Their Facebook is gone, their bandcamp shop is gone, what's happening?

    13 Jan 9:28pm Reply
  • Raphcore

    This project is so fucking amazing, god damn.

    13 Jan 1:20am Reply
  • Kyonil

    Норм.

    11 Jan 7:11am Reply
  • TheMoralCrusade

    Very good.

    29 Dec 2013 Reply
  • rajmund69

    http://jeszczenie.pl/index.php/kilimanjaro-darkjazz-ensemble-kilimanjaro-darkjazz-ensemble/

    30 Nov 2013 Reply
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