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The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble


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The Netherlands (2000 – 2014)

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). They split up in 2014. Even though it wasn’t officially announced, Jason Kohnen mentioned it on his new project’s Facebook page.

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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  • jamesusillxd

    Have featured a couple of Dark Jazz / Doom Jazz tracks in my playlist of Lynchian music. (considering that most if it sounds straight out of one of his films). Among the tracks chosen I've included 'Horns of King David' from The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Esemble.

    23 Jun 11:12am Reply
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    How many cocks did you have to suck to get it?

    18 May 10:23pm Reply
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  • tothecastle

    come back pls <3

    24 Apr 6:31pm Reply
  • nerjal

    Can't believe they split. One of my fav groups =(

    18 Apr 8:48pm Reply
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    Adaptation of saint vitus' Patra is otherworldly.

    21 Mar 8:11am Reply
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    25 Feb 10:15am Reply
  • sssssssev

    I hope so, never got to see them live. Would love to see a reunion with the addition of a live drummer some day.

    30 Jan 11:23pm Reply
  • Blaine_The_Mono

    They were incredible live. Glad I've heard them before break-up. They may reunion one day, though.

    14 Jan 10:30pm Reply
  • Sylarheart

    Happy about my new discover of 2015 (: Sad about the Split ):

    12 Jan 12:56pm Reply
  • ShivKite

    Hopefully they have a reunion in a couple of years - sad news about the split

    16 Dec 2014 Reply
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  • sssssssev

    Such a shame that it's over for this band, all their albums are amazing, and in their own distinct ways.

    11 Nov 2014 Reply
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    25 Oct 2014 Reply
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    Tried to get into these guys a while ago and failed miserably.... Now when they announce they've split I fall in love with their stuff.... Damn, such an amazing sonic journey

    10 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Helawolf

    Darn! So much for wishing to see them live. USA sucks at attracting good bands. :-(

    1 Oct 2014 Reply
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