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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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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!
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Donate to Ian Hesford's Trust Fund

On Friday April 20th 2012, our bandmate and friend Ian Hesford suffered a sudden heart attack while onstage. Thanks to 2 of our good friends who started CPR right away, he made it to the hospital where they worked to revive him for almost 2 hours. They almost gave up but after one more attempt Ian’s pulse came back. Needless to say he was in very bad shape but he’s recovering each day. On Friday May 13th, Ian was released from the hospital and is doing well. He’ll be recovering for a while but he’s already getting back to normal with his new defibrillator implant. This will sense any irregular heart beats and will give him a shock if needed.
Thanks to everyone for sending their love and support for Ian during this time.
We’ve realized that without insurance Ian will need all the help that can be gathered. We are setting up a special trust to handle donations for Ian’s benefit. We’ll be setting up fundraisers and other ways to help, but for now we hope that you’ll consider using our Paypal link below to help out. 100% of the funds collected here with be deposited into the special trust. These contributions are not tax deductible, but will be spent for Ian from his “Painted Talisman of Miracles” Trust.
Update June 25th: We’re happy to announce that Ian is already back performing with the band. Not even 2 months after his collapse he is strong enough to play all of his instruments and perform our entire set!
To Donate to Ian’s expense fund

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

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Visionary Gathering v.4.20 at Rams Head Live on April 20th!





Fri 4/20 @ Rams Head Live
We’re happy to announce the return of one of Baltimore’s original art and music experiences, the Visionary Gathering. Come tap into your cosmic creativity as we stimulate the senses, mind, body, and spirit.
This celebration of psychedelic art will feature internationally known visionary artist Adam Scott Miller (
Also featuring body paint artist Patricia Tamariz, visionary sculptor Sean E. Conroy (, magician David London, artist Jeramie Bellmay, The Indra Lazul Bellydancers, dancer Little Renegade, artist Renee Weber, Little Renegade, and much more!
Music performances by:
TELESMA (Psychedelic Tribal Rock) with live painting by Adam Scott Miller
NEIL KURLAND (SoulMob/Ospina Digital/Future Classics/PEX)
THE FLYING EYES (Heavy Psychedelic Rock)
9pm Doors/ 10pm Showtime
$12 tickets ONSALE on Friday March 16th

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Cover art for Telesma's new album "Action In Inaction" by Adam Scott Miller

Here is the album artwork for the new Telesma album “Action In Inaction” which is set to be released in late April 2012! We’re honored to be working with visionary artist Adam Scott Miller! Visit his website at