(photo: Philip Edward Laubner)
Ian Hesford (didgeridoo, kubing, dumbek, djun-djun, throat singing)
Jason Sage (keyboards, percussion, programmer, lyrics)
Joanne Juskus (vocals, percussion, karatalas)
Chris Mandra (guitar, analog guitar synth, his unique manDrum, and vocals)
Bryan Jones “Jonesy” (6 string MIDI & upright basses, theremin, percussion)
Rob Houck (drum kit, percussion, electronic drums)
The Telesma experience is an ecstatic trans-cultural phenomenon with a highly infectious and danceable beat. Exploding on the Baltimore music scene in 2002, it soon developed a loyal local fan base and then shook the underground festival scene from coast to coast.
Telesma’s live show blurs the line between performer and audience, attracting the most creative VJs, dancers, visual artists and body artists to its shows. Every Telesma show is a vortex of creativity; a celebration of body, mind and spirit.
The didgeridoo and manDrum too. Telesma’s vast arsenal of musical finery includes instruments as divergent as the didgeridoo, kubing (bamboo mouth harp from the Philippines), to electronic and tribal drums and the manDrum, one of the inventions of Telesma’s guitarist, as well as bass, keyboards, drum kit and the human voice.
Hard to describe. Dancing is mandatory. Telesma’s sound has been sometimes described as “psychedelic tribal modern world dance music, “ with diverse sounds ranging from intense polyrhythmic rock to the trance-like pulses of modern electronic dance/groove music.
“Dead Can Dance… with Teeth” — Telesma has been compared to Dead Can Dance, Pink Floyd, Tabla Beat Science, Amon Tobin, King Crimson, Ravi Shankar, Krishna Das, Afro-Celt Soundsystem, Bob Marley, Sun Ra Arkestra, Thievery Corporation, Tool, Mickey Hart’s Planet Drum, and Peter Gabriel, to name a few.
Telesma Offerings. Telesma introduced the first “Visionary Gathering” to Baltimore with the internationally recognized artist Alex Grey in 2008. Captured live in 5.1 Surround Sound, the band released the DVD of the event as well as the live CD, Hearing Visions: Live to great acclaim. More collaborative projects with Alex Grey at his Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (CoSM) ensued, as well as performances with visionary artist Adam Scott Miller. Their studio album, O(h)M, also received critical acclaim upon its release in 2007 on the independent label sTRANGELY cOMPELLING mUSIC. Over the years, the group has also co-produced several celestial events coinciding with the solstice and equinox celebrations.
Telesma has performed with artists such as Shpongle, Beats Antique, EOTO, Tipper, ArcheDream For Human-Kind, Delhi2Dublin, Woodland, Bernie Worrell, See-I (featuring members of Thievery Corporation), Faun, Elliot Lip, Jim Donavan (Rusted Root), The Gypsy Nomads, HuDost and many other artists from around the world.
COMING IN 2012! Telesma will release its highly anticipated new album, “Action/in/Inaction” in the spring of 2012, with art by the visionary artist Adam Scott Miller, who will also be producing the art for the live show.
Coast to coast. Not to be missed, Telesma has been in demand from coast to coast at such venues/festivals as Camp Bisco, Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks, Artscape, Starwood, FaerieWorlds, PEX Summerfest, Spoutwood Fairie Festival, EvolveFest, FaeireCon, Raw Spirit Gathering, Culturefest, Karmafest, Maryland Faerie Festival, Alex Grey’s Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (CoSM), Free Spirit Gathering, Primal Arts Festival, the Baltimore PowWow, Phanphest, SoWeBo Festival, Nelsons Ledges Quarry Park, 98Rock’s Summer Concert Series, and many great venues including Sonar, 8×10 Club, Quixotes True Blue (CO), Ukiah Brewery (CA), Recher Theatre, Metro Gallery, The Senator Theatre, The Creative Alliance at the Patterson, Public Assembly (NY), and The Whiskey to name a few.
We are Telesma: Ian Hesford (didgeridoo, kubing, dumbek, percussion) and Jason Sage (keyboards, vocals, percussion, programmer), Joanne Juskus (vocals, percussion, karatalas), Chris Mandra (guitar, analog guitar synth, the manDrum, and vocals), Bryan Jones “Jonesy” (6 string MIDI & upright basses, theremin, percussion), and Brandon Wildman (drum kit, percussion, electronic drums) to complete the lineup.