The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble (TKDE) is a creepy crawly electronic jazz combo, creating soundtracks for non-existing movies, dark, exotic and mysterious.
Fusing analog and digital flawlessly, giving them a totally unique and original sound. Film Noir futurism.
The TKDE formed in 2000 as a project to compose new music for existing silent movies. Jason Köhnen and Gideon Kiers combined their audio and visual skills to reinterpret classic movies by F.W. Murnau and Fritz Lang.
TKDE | Sirocco
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 have 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. This is a live improv jazz/drone/doom sideproject consisting of TKDE members and a host of interchanging guest musicians.
TKDE | Lobby
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.
Live TKDE fuse analog and digital as much as possible. Combining traditional instrumentations (comprising cello, trombone, violin, beats, guitar, bass and vocals) with existing and/or self-developed software, continuously blending and mutating, creating an organic and electronic performance, supported by visuals which add to and interact with the frequencies of said instruments.
The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble & The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation LIVE
Sunday, 21 October 2012 | 20:00 CET
Festsaal Kreuzberg | Skalitzer Str. 130 | 10999 Berlin/Kreuzberg