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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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  • loulou311

    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 8:58am Reply
  • Helawolf

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

    1 Oct 6:09pm Reply
  • HaloMarooned

    Великолепная группа. Lobby однозначно решает.

    28 Sep 7:13am Reply
  • lsteamer

    Who has the Mutations Vinyl and is interested in selling it? Sexual Favors can be included in the transaction.

    23 Sep 7:51pm Reply
  • BebopBeatnik

    They've split!?!??! Damnit, that's a shame. :(

    4 Sep 10:07am Reply
  • tothecastle

    Re-ripping all my cds in lossless when I arrive to From The Stairwell and decide to visit this page, only to learn that they've split! Such a shame. I really enjoyed their performance in London a few years ago. I suppose this signifies the end of Mt. Fuji as well?

    22 Jul 8:05pm Reply
  • JamesLebowski

    Will do that, but that's (the split up) still a damn shame. :/

    17 Jun 10:03am Reply
  • obey_now

    The thing with five eyes is absolutely worth checking out!

    16 Jun 6:58pm Reply
  • DrMcCoy

    What, split up? :(

    12 Jun 8:31pm Reply
  • FiveEyesThing TKDE's founding member Jason Kohnen's new project 'THE THING WITH FIVE EYES'.

    11 Jun 1:35am Reply
  • lsteamer

    Fuck. I'll be crying naked in the corner.

    2 Jun 5:46pm Reply
  • obey_now

    According to their label TKDE is split up.

    30 May 6:10pm Reply
  • HornDrum

    where can i find here be dragons? it seems that there is no way to get a physical copy in germany :-O

    24 May 4:45pm Reply
  • Kumanosuke

    So (according to Charlotte Cegarra) they are taking a break and won't have any gigs soon. They plan re-releases of their albums, but no new material. Hilary Jeffrey and Gideon Kiers + guests are starting a new project:

    22 May 10:57am Reply
  • sssssssev

    It's been three years, time for another full-length? Please?

    21 Apr 9:05am Reply
  • 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
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