Blending the ancient and modern in instrumentation and spirit, Baltimore-based Telesma, bridges the gap between primal and futuristic, setting itself apart from other bands on the scene. With a sound that could be labeled electro-acoustic psychedelic world dance music, Telesma was formed in 2002 by accomplished didgeridoo and bamboo mouth harpist Ian Hesford and keyboardist/percussionist/programmer/vocalist Jason Sage.

The two then added musicians Chris Mandra (guitar, analog guitar synth and manDrum), Bryan Jones "Jonesy" (bass), Joanne Juskus (vocals, percussion, karatalas), Mosiah Saleem (African drums), Mike Kirby (drums), Adam Halliday (sound engineer) and Dave Tieff (guest vocalist). Their performances often include multimedia projections, bellydancing by the Egyptian Sun Belly Dancers and performance art and interpretive dance by MoTH.

A band that is able to evoke atmosphere and express emotional charge, Telesma's unique sound is driven by the primal voice of the didgeridoo, one of the oldest instruments in the world (40,000 years). Alongside instruments like the infrared D-beam, kubing (bamboo mouth harp), drums, percussion, guitars and vocals, Telesma produces a sound that both harkens back to the ancient tribal past and reaches to the trance-like pulse not unlike that heard in modern electronic dance music. In short, it's hard to sit still while listening to Telesma!

















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