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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 "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~!!!


TELESMA Interview for the Annapolis Sound





Checkout this great article about TELESMA written by Brianne Leith for the Annapolis Sound.
‘A Decibel Disparate’: Synesthesia’s Entrancing Sound – Telesma
A Decibel Disparate – Exposing the community to local artists: musicians, writers, designers, performers, thinkers, who are doing things outside of the “Annapolitan box.” You will find no sailboats or Blue Angels here. This is a place for raw and unique talent. Let us look at our city with a “view askew.” Diversity is life.
By Brianne Leith
Play with your senses. Freedom. A deep human connection. I walk into the outside to begin an odyssey of beautiful sensory overload. I walked outside and met Telesma.
I shook hands with each member (excluding Joanne Juskus and Rob Houck who could not attend) and felt an unusual comfortability, an imaginary history, that bonded us all instantly. A universal human connection. Pure. Unadulterated. It seeped from each one of the band members. Unifying, passionate and a feeling of a safe unfettered freedom, what their whole beings projected, is the purpose and meaning behind their music.
Telesma meansthe unseen, a sacred vessel consecrated with energy for a purpose.” Their music is the communication of the unseen. “We create a doorway that opens up to the Shamanistic world.” Bryan Jones “Jonesy” leans forward on my couch to punctuate his statement and smiles sweetly. “Our music is spiritual, but not forced on anybody…people take what they need from it.”
Listening to their CD O(h)M, I have been transported to a different world. A world of an unfathomable beauty. A world of complete harmony. In these moments of listening I have a sense that everything is alright. It is a group of six musical masters playing their hearts, and hauntingly inspiring music is formed. An almost tribal resonance forms from an intricate melding of ancient and modern instruments, sounds and mentalities. Guitar, didgeridoo, bass, drums, bamboo mouth harp, keyboard, soothing vocals, and more blend into a sound that you can see, hear, smell and taste because they are vividly intense. Penumbra is my favorite song of Telesma’s. No better word could describe this ingenious collaboration of tones. One of their heavier songs, the drums, guitar and bass are the suppliers of the melody. After a slight intermission in the song, the upright bass reverberates out a classically frightening tune, leaving me in love with this band that is so multifaceted and unrestrained.
Playing without the chains of convention, without over thinking, playing genuinely and sincerely from the heart, they are mislabeled continuously. A hippy band, rock, new age, and so forth, they are called, but the genres never encompass their whole being. “People can’t label our music…and that is awesome and amazing.” Jason Sage has an air of mystery to him, a silent contemplating essence that makes me wonder what goes on his mind, through the interludes between his smiles. I look down at my notes. I have scribbled, “It is not anything.” Through my lack of finishing my thought, I have stumbled on Telesma’s truth.
They are not anything; they are nothing, and they are everything all at once.
They are everything including an interactive show with all of the senses involved. “It is an idea, an experience, a happening, something you can be a part of. It is immersive.” Incense burns, belly dancers dance, colors flash and you can have your whole body painted by a professional body painter, all while Telesma plays music that can change you. There is something for everyone.
“Music is a sacred thing. It is the closest thing to religion for a lot of us. It is the highest thing we can do.” Telesma’s shows are invitations to space where we can all be free. Free from judgment and to witness and participate in this kind of worship. It is contagious. Subcultures of all kinds flock to Telesma shows with the appeal that they are doing something different. “If people want to come and just spin in a circle, then awesome, spin all you want.” This is the mind frame that Telesma seemed to have grown from.
Telesma came to being in 2002, with Ian and Jason. They were doing small shows with just the two of them. The other members, loving their sound and being moved in the same way as Ian and Jason, joined one by one. “Everyone is a principle member,” Ian explains to me with a mutual respect and admiration for his fellow performers. “It is a build it and they will come idea of a band.” And the ones that did come together were perfect. “It is disparate elements, but came about naturally. We satisfy ourselves with our sound and it will satisfy others also.” Chris Mandra leans back in his chair, and the light above illuminates his learned words. Each person in Telesma unites together in a perfect combination of these disparate elements.
Joanne Juskus robed in a sari sings a haunting melody. She is a siren, a Greek nymph that lures people in with her entrancing voice.
Ian Hesford is covered in body paint, in a mixture of an aboriginal and surreal appearance. He plays the didgeridoo, bamboo mouth harp, percussion and throat sings. His body is in constant motion. The connection of his head and neck is precarious, as his head moves violently and seemingly involuntarily to the beat.
Jason Sage sings while manipulating the keys on the keyboard. His hand lifts in the air in a state of musical meditation. Percussion, sampling and programming, Jason handles it all in reverence.
Chris Mandra’s eyes are closed as he caresses his guitar. No other word besides caress could be used to depict the obvious love he has for the music he deftly fingers.
Bryan Jones is a bass player that goes beyond the idea of a bass player. Both the electric and standing bass have never been played this way. A new name has to be created to explain his splendor.
Brandon Wildman is the “adjunct drummer,” filling in for the show this Friday. “I have been a fan of Telesma since I first saw them. The atmosphere is great. They are all passionate musicians that play with their hearts.” Brandon, like I stated in an article about his band Contra, is phenomenal. Dynamic and animated, it is always a pleasure to witness his agility.
This is a spectacle that needs to be experienced. Telesma is playing at The Whiskey on Friday April 15th at 10pm, celebrating the CD Release of Dar Stellbotta with Chris Colvin. This is something that should not be missed. Beauty personified through all of the senses. Beauty incarnate.
As I sit cross-legged on the floor looking at the five men, my apartment has been filled with color. The night has been filled with laughter and open illuminated minds. An altered state of reality, visions of tasting neon colors, and mystifying tones permeate my mind.
Telesma is beauty heard through the taste and smell of sound.