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Help fund the creation of the "Chain-Lotus" music video project on Kickstarter!

TELESMA is honored to be working with visionary artist Adam Scott Miller on a video project called “CHAIN- LOTUS”. The 2 videos feature our songs “Chain” and “White Lotus”.
This project is a huge undertaking by many artists besides Adam. The time and energy being spent is way beyond goal of the kickstarter funding campaign.
This is your chance to be a part of creating something alongside TELESMA and Adam Scott Miller
Please, help us manifest this visual voyage by donating to the Kickstarter Project (CLICK HERE)
Watch the Trailer and see the beginning pieces of this amazing project come to life.

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"ECLECTACLE" at Rams Head Live on Aug 30th – TELESMA, See-I, Deaf Scene and Freedom Enterprise

“ECLECTACLE” at Rams Head Live on Aug 30th – TELESMA, See-I, Deaf Scene and Freedom Enterprise
We very excited about our next production coming up on Friday August 30th at Rams Head Live (Baltimore, MD)!!
An eclectic spectacle of art & music
Featuring music by:
TELESMA (with the Indra Lazul Bellydancers)
SEE – I (featuring members of Thievery Corporation)
Deaf Scene
Freedom Enterprise
Live art and featured artwork by Heather Joi, Will Shanklin, Ephrem Kouakou, Adam Scott Miller, Kathleen Ryan and Jennifer Stevens (Bubble artist).
Body painting by Patricia Tamariz.
Visuals by VJ Hylantown
Special guest dancers Golden Dance Experiment.
Cosmic clothing vending by Proper Playground!
And other great vending including art, jewelry, and more!!
8pm Doors
9pm Showtime
$12 tickets
Advanced tickets available at
Rams Head Live
20 Market Place Baltimore MD 21202
(410) 244 – 1131
Poster Art by Jeremy Opio

Band info:
TELESMA – Psychedelic Tribal Rock
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.
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.
“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.
See-I – Reggae/Funk
The story begins with two brothers, Rootz and Zeebo, who found their way from college in North Carolina via the Caribbean only to end up in Washington, DC. It was in the cultural melting pot of the Nation’s capital that they developed their creative and musical talents. In the heady days of the late 1980s, the brothers Steele would launch the project that has defined their lives: See-I. They quickly became a fixture of DC’s burgeoning Reggae scene crossing paths with Reggae aficionado Eric Hilton who was determined to include them in his future projects. Hilton was opening the Eighteenth Street Lounge and associated record label, and brought Rootz and Zeebo on board. Throughout the 90’s and into the coming millennium they would go on to record, perform and tour with Thievery Corporation.
Then in 2005 Zeebo and Rootz started a regular Wednesday night gig at the Eighteenth Street Lounge that would see them coalescing one of the greatest live bands the city has ever seen. Slowly gathering momentum, guest musicians and members – from the Thievery Live band and the Chuck Brown band amongst others – the See-I live band would grow into a nationwide touring phenomenon, and are now considered one of America’s premier Reggae party bands.
See-I’s unique blend of classic roots reggae with a good blend of funk and soul has rocked dance floors from coast to coast. The deep experiences & influences of this 8-piece group have created a sound popular sound at ski resorts, beach towns & concert halls alike. Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation even said, “They’re unique musically and I think that’s why people gravitate to them so much”. See-I is original roots, rock reggae from the nation’s capital!
Deaf Scene – Experimental Instrumental Rock
Deaf Scene is an experimental band based in Baltimore, Maryland. As an instrumental drum-bass-guitar trio, the band pulls off an incredibly vast range of sounds, pushing the sonic boundaries of each instrument and effect that they use. In their four year existence, the band has cultivated a unique musical style, influenced by everything from The Beatles to Bassnectar and beyond; yet their music still defies any sort of traditional “jam-band”, “post-rock”, or “electronic” categorization. Onstage, Deaf Scene’s raw energy and eerie psychedelia draw you into their one-of-a-kind live performance. Lush guitar melodies, ethereal loops, intricate bass harmonies, and propulsive drum rhythms are the cornerstones of Deaf Scene’s music, both live and in the studio. In 2010, the band self-released their debut EP, a cohesive movement of music that showcases the powerful potential of Deaf Scene’s brand of loop-infused rock experimentation. With plans for releasing more music and touring extensively in 2012, Deaf Scene is truly proving to be, “One of Maryland’s best up-and-coming acts”
Freedom Enterprise – Funk/Soul Groove
Freedom Enterprise is Baltimore’s own Funk Soul Rock and Roll. An amazing original, organic, orgasmic musical experience. With deep seeded roots in funk, blues, and jazz and a sharp eye towards the future, Freedom is ready to rattle the scene. Freedom Enterprise has forged their own unique sound and their place in town as one of Baltimore’s must see bands. FE is a conglomerate of many amazing musicians, each bringing their own sound, wibe, and history to the table. Freedom’s concerts are a melodic wall of sound that guarantees good times, an amazing musical experience, and a funky fun place to meet good people. Were planting seeds, were connecting people, were creating the vibe for you to come out and ride, and were constantly working on our art form to perfect for the people.

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Telesma DVD donations to CoSM – Help Alex Grey build "Entheon" Kickstarter

Telesma DVD donations to CoSM – Help Alex Grey build “Entheon” Kickstarter
TELESMA has been honored to perform with visionary artists Alex & Allyson Grey on several occasions. Our first event with them was at the old Chapel of Sacred Mirrors in Manhatten in 2008. Now our friends need your help to build “ENTHEON” to house Alex’s Sacred Mirrors.
TELESMA will be donating 100% of the sales of our DVD “Hearing Visions Live” which features Alex & Allyson Grey painting onstage with the band. Here is a special link to buy the album.

In resonance with Alex’s art and the mission of CoSM, we invite you to to help build Entheon, a visionary art experience at CoSM by registering and pledging on the Kickstarter site.. There are many amazing rewards offered on CoSM’s kickstarter campaign, including a catalogue of original art for donations at every level.
Only 31 more days to raise at least $125K on Kickstarter or lose all. Please help build Entheon by sharing this message with friends.
Pledging any amount can really help.
“The inevitable consequence of love is the building of temples.”
When people have so much love to share, they gather together to create a legacy, something beautiful to leave for the future.
Please help CoSM build a visionary temple of art.
Donate directly to the kickstarter and see the video and the whole scoop at this link:
Allyson and Alex

The live DVD was filmed at the Solstice Gathering 2008, featuring live painting with Alex & Allyson Grey. We’re blessed to be creating this video collectively with the many talents of Jeremy Opio, Zack Morehouse, Frank Marchand, and Scott Tipton.

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"ReBirth 4.20" featuring Telesma, Deaf Scene, Fractal Cat – April 20th @ The Hour Haus

Saturday April 20th 2013
The Hour Haus
135 W North Ave. Baltimore, MD
“Rebirth 4.20”
A celebration of live, music, art and our amazing community!
And honoring the anniversary of Ian Hesford’s dance with death.
Featuring music by:
Deaf Scene (
Fractal Cat (
Body Painting by Patricia Tamariz
Soul food made by Mama Saray
More artists and performers TBA!!
8pm Doors/9pm Showtime
$12 cover
All Ages – 21+ to drink
Around 11pm on April 20th 2012, Telesma hit the stage at Rams Head Live in Baltimore for the “Visionary Gathering v4.20”. A few minutes into the set, band member Ian Hesford collapsed to the floor in sudden cardiac arrest. Telesma’s good friends, Sarah Saccoccio and Tom Swiss jumped onstage and started CPR until the medics arrived and transported Ian to Mercy Medical Center. Ian was without a pulse for 93 minutes. The doctors were just about to give up on him when he shot back into his body and literally came back to life. In the weeks after the event, an outpouring of love and support for Ian came in from all over the world. His hospital room was transformed into a shamanic altar, with friends and family surrounding him with love, music, and laughter. Three weeks later, Ian received his defibrillator implant and was released from the ICU. His determination and focus sped up his recovery and he began a regiment of exercise and practice to get his drumming and didgeridoo playing back up to speed. Just 6 weeks after his cardiac arrest, Ian was back onstage with Telesma, and toured with the group all summer long! His story is a reminder of the power of love, determination, and the support of the community that Ian and Telesma have been so fortunate to be a part of for so many years.
The Hour Haus has special meaning for Telesma. This was where our music and art was truly “born” for many years. So its only fitting that we return there for this special occasion.
We hope that you’ll join us to celebrate this remarkable journey and to come together to celebrate our community through music and art!

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TELESMA "Pre-Quinox" 2013 – March 15th in Annapolis, MD

TELESMA “Pre-Quinox” 2013 – Celebrating the immanent appearance of spring!
Friday, March 15, 2013
9 pm / Doors 8 pm
Deaf Scene
Happy Fuzzy
with special guest Leyla Fahada of the Indra Lazul Bellydancers
Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge
169 West Street, Annapolis
Telesma’s live shows are known throughout the US as extravaganzas of creativity and free-spiritedness, involving artists, dancers, performance artists, who gather at their shows, bringing immense talent and enthusiasm to the musical experience. With multi-media projections, bellydancers and top-notch musicianship, Telesma delivers an ecstatic performance that brings audiences en masse to their feet.
Deaf Scene is an experimental band based in Baltimore. As an instrumental drum-bass-guitar trio, the band pulls off an incredibly vast range of sounds, pushing the sonic boundaries of each instrument and effect that they use. The band has cultivated a unique musical style, influenced by everything from the Beatles to Bassnectar and beyond. Named one of Maryland’s “Best Up and Coming Acts” by, Deaf Scene’s onstage raw energy and eerie psychedelia draws the audience into its one-of-a-kind live performances.
Happy Fuzzy is a jam band that plays home grown music in Annapolis, MD. Happy Fuzzy started to gain momentum two years ago and has since grown into a powerful Trio with a huge sound. The addition of new drummer, Austin Geithner, has created a great new dynamic between the band. If it’s face melting solos, dancing singalongs, and smiling faces…. you’re probably at a Happy Fuzzy show~!!!

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Feb 23rd 2013 – "Cosmic Congress" at Rams Head Live featuring Telesma, All MIghty Senators and Swampcandy

Feb 23rd 2013
“Cosmic Congress” at Rams Head Live
featuring Telesma, All MIghty Senators and Swampcandy

Plus The Indra Lazul Bellydancers, body painting by Patricia Tamariz and more!
9pm Showtime
$12 tickets – Buy online at
Cosmic Congress - Feb 23rd

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Please donate to Adrian Bond's trust fund





Coming up on Sunday Jan 20th – A Benefit for Adrian Bond
Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge (169 West Street Annapolis, MD 21401) – 1pm to 1am
Our great friend and amazing musician Adrian Bond survived a heart attack in November of 2012. Adrian had no health insurance. we are getting together to raise some money to help pay for his medical expenses. Please tell everyone you know. $10 donation at the door (you can always give more).
Permformances by: Telesma, Swampcandy, Contra, The Corsicans, Naked Blue, The Moll Dyer Band, Hot Tub Limo, McAdoo, Dean Rosenthal, Joe Karr, Jonathan Badger, Jimi HaHa, and more
There will be many items and services up for silent auction including some amazing guitars, jewelry, art, photography, voice lessons, self-defense lessons, feng shui consultation, golf packages, family portrait photo session and more
Click here to see all the auction items
Our good friend Adrian Bond suffered a heart attack on Nov 5th 2012.
Please make a donation to help cover his medical expenses. As with most musicians Adrian has no insurance and faces those bills as well as continued healthcare bills to make sure he’s alright.
All donations will go to the Atomic Tweezers Trust Fund to be used for Adrian Bond’s medical expenses.
All donation are not tax deductable.
Read Adrian’s story and updates below.

Adrian’s Story:
On Monday Nov 5th 2012, our good friend, musician Adrian Bond suffered a heart attack and cardiac arrest at his home in Annapolis, MD. His girlfriend, Telesma vocalist Joanne Juskus, performed CPR until the medics arrived to take him to the hospital. On route, they were able to get Adrian’s pulse back and he was even breathing on his own. Upon arrival he was immediatedly intubated and started hypothermia protocol, the same treatment used on Telesma’s Ian Hesford last April after his cardiac arrest. (The treatment aims to protect brain function associated with the loss of oxygen to the brain in cardiac arrest.) Over the next week Adrian fought his way back, and upon being extubated, he regained full consciousness with no apparent brain damage — another miracle for our Telesma family. Adrian was found to have two blocked arteries requiring angioplasty to install two stents. His second chance at life has been inspiring to all of us, and though he has a long road ahead and some life changes to be made to return him to good health, the Telesma family, friends and fans are rallying behind him to make sure he’s with us for a long time to come. Please help Adrian by making a donation to his trust fund to assist with his medical expenses. Any donation, large or small, is greatly appreciated.

photo by Joe Karr and Larry Melton

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WYPR Interview from July 13th 2012

Checkout the interview by Dan Rodericks on WYPR (88.1FM). Featuring Ian Hesford, Joanne Juskus, and Dr. Joseph Costa (Mercy Medical Center) discussing Ian’s cardiac arrest, the new Telesma album “Action In Inaction”, and the TELESMA: Resurrection show on July 20th at Rams Head Live.
Click this link….
WYPR Interview

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Interview with TELESMA's Ian Hesford in the Baltimore City Paper (June 26th 2012)

Here is the interview with Telesma’s Ian Hesford from the Baltimore City Paper, published on June 26th 2012.
Written by Matt Kelly.
Link to City Paper article online

Ian Hesford always wanted to bring a shamanic presence to the live performances of his tribal jam band, Telesma. Donning full body paint and equipped with a myriad of exotic instruments, he tried to reach “the edge of regular consciousness.”
On April 20, just minutes into the beginning of their set during a performance at Rams Head Live!, Hesford collapsed onstage while playing drums as a result of a sudden and massive heart attack.
“My first thought was that he had fainted and that he would be getting up in a second,” Telesma’s guitarist Chris Mandra explains. “But when I realized he wasn’t stirring, I thought he must have gotten hit with a bottle or something. Of all the possible things I could have thought, a heart attack was the last on my mind.”
Chris wasn’t the only one confused by the scene. Many onlookers couldn’t tell whether what they were seeing was real or just part of an act. It wasn’t until people began to jump onstage, shouting that something was wrong, that the true gravity of the situation became apparent.
Tom Swiss and Sarah Saccoccio, a registered nurse, almost immediately administered CPR to Hesford. Adding to the surreal nature of the situation was Swiss’ oversized top hat and Saccoccio’s face, which was painted like a Mexican death skull.
“It’s crazy to think that as I was lying lifeless on the stage a representation of death was over me, fighting to keep me alive,” Hesford says.
Ninety minutes elapsed between the time of Hesford’s heart stopping and the moment when the doctors and nurses at Mercy Medical Center were finally able to stabilize his pulse. Hesford and his bandmates like to joke that, in the time when he was dead to the world, he was actually out exploring the cosmos, and it wasn’t until he saw that they were about to give up on trying to save him that he realized he needed to come back to his body.
“It’s pretty rare that someone comes back from being unresponsive for that long,” explains Dr. Joseph Costa, who was on staff the night Hesford was admitted to Mercy. “The biggest concern with a case like his was that we would get his heart function back but no brain function.”
But thanks to a process called Hypothermic Protocol—a method of cooling the body to prevent brain damage—the Mercy Medical staff was able to preserve his brain function with only minimal memory loss.
“I don’t remember anything from the week leading up to the show,” Hesford says. “To me, it was like I went to sleep, and when I woke up, I was surrounded by people showering me with love.”
While Hesford lay comatose in a hospital bed, surrounded by far more friends and loved ones than normal visitation rules would allow, Telesma’s web sites and Twitter account were flooded with messages of love and support from around the world. Dozens of prayer circles were held for him in places as far away as Ireland. Hesford’s family was astonished: They had always believed Ian was special, but up until that point hadn’t realized the impact he’d made on others.
The staff at Mercy also took a special interest in Hesford. When harpist and certified music practitioner Sandra Lumpkin was told by a nurse that there was a musician who had suffered a heart attack, she was ready to help. When she walked into the hospital room, a young woman saw her, took Hesford’s hand, and said, “There is a musician here to play harp for you. I think you are going to really like this.”
Lumpkin then positioned her harp closely so that the vibrations of the instrument could resonate through the floor, up the hospital bed, and into Ian. “Almost as soon as I started playing the tears began to flow in the room,” Lumpkin recalls.
Though the music seemed to help his vitals, it took Hesford the better part of a week to regain conscousness. Slowly, he learned to talk, eat, and walk again—ultimately hoping to return to the stage.
The long recovery has given Hesford, who used to fall into states of depression and what he calls “illusions of loneliness,” a chance to reflect on life and death.
“I think I was supremely blessed to go through this experience and survive it,” Hesford says. “If there is an afterlife, and I think there is, I imagine our bodies will die and our souls will hover over everyone at our funeral, and only then will we actually see how many people truly cared for us. Oftentimes it’s too late, because you’re already dead, and I feel like going through this experience—the best part to take from it is to realize that I truly am not alone.”
The Metro Gallery will host a benefit concert on June 28 featuring live music by Aligning Minds, Fractal Cat, and Bassdreadwith, as well as a listening party for Telesma’s new album and a silent auction. All proceeds will help cover Hesford’s medical bills. On July 20, Telesma will return to the stage at Rams Head Live.

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New TELESMA album "Action In Inaction" available now!

New TELESMA album “Action In Inaction” available now!
Click Here to Purchase and Download