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Blending ancient and modern instrumentation and spirit, the Baltimore-based group Telesma bridges the gap between primal and futuristic. Setting themselves apart with their intoxicating sound and extraordinary live performances, they take the audience on a soul inspiring journey that transcends this world, tantalizes the senses, and moves the body with waves of pulsating rhythm.
“To experience Telesma live is to become part of the show. More than just music, it’s a swirling, whirling, twirling event…it’s extremely hard not to become involved in the swaying, hypnotic rhythms that pour forth from the stage.” Michael Macey of the Chesapeake Music Guide.
Telesma’s unique sound, oft labeled “electro-acoustic psychedelic world dance music”, is driven by the ancient sound of the didgeridoo, the kubing (bamboo mouth harp), tribal drums and percussion, and the human voice. These elements are fused with modern instruments and technology to create a diverse sound ranging from intense polyrhythmic rock-n-roll, to ambient melodic meanderings, to trance-like pulses found in modern electronic dance/groove music. 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.
Themes of higher consciousness, philosophy, connectivity, peace, and universal archetypes merge with influences from folklore, various mythologies and religion, nature, fantasy, art, and other mystical elements to create the root of Telesma’s inspirational message. This sound can be heard on the group’s full length albums “O(h)M” (2007), “Hearing Visions: Live” (2009), “Action In Inaction” (2012), and 5 song EP “Decade Dance” (2014) all released on their independent label “sTRANGELY cOMPELLING mUSIC”.
2014 – EP “Decade Dance”
2012 – CD “Action In Inaction”.
2010 – DVD “Hearing Visions Live” featuring the visionary artists Alex & Allyson Grey painting live onstage with the band.
2009 – Live CD “Hearing Visions Live”
2007 – CD “O(h)M”
Telesma has performed at festivals and venues from coast to coast, including Camp Bisco, Rootwire, Artscape, Musikfest, FaerieWorlds, Earthdance, Spoutwood Fairie Festival, PEX Summerfest & Halloween, Faerie Con, Karmafest, Starwood Gathering, Pink Moon Fest, MD Faerie Fest, NY Faerie fest, Free Spirit Gathering and numerous other festivals from jam band, pagan, burner, faerie themed, and world music lineups. Plus, venue all along the east coast, Colorado, northern Cali, and Oregon.
Band Members: 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 Mike Kirby (drum kit, percussion).