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* * * * * [ The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble ] | | | [ The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation ] * * * * *

[ The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble ] is a mutant mix of what has inspired us musically, and especially visually. [ TKDE ] started off as an audiovisual project back in 2000, influenced by old silent movie directors such as Murnau and Lang, but also the animations of Jan Svankmeijer or the films of the Quay Brothers.

Jason Köhnen and Gideon Kiers, started creating soundtracks to old silent movies (Nosferatu, Metropolis) and progressively composed new music inspired by these images which eventually became TKDE. Trombonist Hilary Jeffery (originally from the UK, residing in Amsterdam) joined in 2004 and introduced Swiss born Nina Hitz …

The debut album ‘The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble’ was recorded with this line up, and was released on UK electronica label Planet Mu early 2006. TKDE expanded to six when Eelco Bosman and French vocalist Charlotte Cegarra joined the ensemble in 2007. In 2009 Chrome Hoof’s Sarah Anderson added the ensemble as violinist.

[ The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation ] The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation is a new alter ego we have spawned in which we will be releasing and performing with several TKDE members + special guests every now and then. A side project focussing on Improv/Jazz/Doom/Drones…heavy and evil!! The second Mount Fuji live improv album will be appearing around Summer of 2009.

Jason Kohnen – Upright, Bass, Piano.
Eelco Bosman – Guitar.
Nina Hitz – Cello.
Sarah Anderson – Violin.
Gideon Kiers – Sequencing, Beats, Drums.
Hilary Jeffrey – Trombone, Oscillators, Rhodes.
Charlotte Cegarra – Vocals, FX, Piano, Xylophone, Flute.

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2012 – Xtabay
2011 – From The Stariwell

[ Xtabay ] – Ancient legend warns young men out walking at night of an evil spirit that takes the form of a beautiful woman. The Xtabay. This female deity of the hunt is said to hide in the buttressed trunk of the kapok tree. If, while passing this tree at night, you catch a fleeting glimpse of an enchanting woman combing her long hair with cactus spines, avert your gaze and don’t stray from the path…

TKDE’s wintery encounter with the Xtabay has become a 9 minute epic journey of doom, drones, jazz and post-rock. Another soundtrack to a new short story. As part of the TKDE October 2012 mini-tour Xtabay has been remixed by four favorite and befriended producers to give different twists and interpretations to the Xtabay legend. Remixers are 9 Hoad (better known as Limewax), Fanu, Roel Funcken (of Funckarma fame) and Balkansky.

[ From The Stairwell ] – TKDE are a project which has always been tied to films. Films are luxurious because they dispose of all these boring, unimportant, and trivial parts of our lives. This allows them to fully control our sensations, to put us in a very specific mood. Joy and sadness are occasionally OK, endless joy or endless sadness are clinical. But there is one sensation which can be persistent and unconditionally bearable at the same time. In the absence of a better alternative, let’s call it “the mood”. The mood is what TKDE are aiming at.

The mood is infinite and illimitable, but not uniform and unique. On “From The Stairwell”, TKDE deliver eight new incarnations of the mood. Stairwells have always been intriguing. They appear to unavoidably lead you to your destination, but they only disclose the path bit by bit. What lies far ahead of you and far beyond you is hidden in the shadows. The stairwell could just as well be infinite. You climb up this murky stairwell, passing by many doors. Every door contains a variation of the mood, a short film, a song. You open the first one, “All Is One”. The evaporating mist discloses a large and empty room with a barstool in the middle. On the barstool, a chanteuse from the roaring twenties. Her voice starts to trigger vibrations of the ground, the walls start spiralling around her, but she remains untouched in the eye of the storm. Second room, “Giallo”. Sly guy, telling smile, nice suit. Walking down the streets in the dusk.

The ambience starts to get out of phase, the guy stumbles in horror while blending with the surrounding to a brown soup. Fourth room. “Cocaine”. Naked people with pig heads crawl on the floor, on the walls, on the ceiling. They try to hopelessly suck up the white dust which covers every single piece of this room and is constantly spit out by tubes coming out of the walls. Dissonant sounds accompany the work of this desperate hive. As the people manage to counteract the tubes, fragile melodies start to overpower the dissonances. Sixth room, “Cotard Delusion”. Baby morphing into a black fluid morphing into an old man which turns his eyes inwards and finds his inside to be completely empty. The journey up the stairwell, down the stairwell, continues. The pictures fill your head and make you forget where you wanted to go in the first place.

“From The Stairwell” is a surprise and a logical step at the same time. It is a surprise because the songs are far less beat-driven in comparison to TKDE’s earlier works, and even contain a few hopeful tints here and there. It is a logical step because in the end each song turns to have a very diverse dramaturgic flow. This could raise the conjecture that TKDE, initially started out to make music for existing and non-existing films, wanted to incorporate the audiovisual impression completely into songs, making the films superfluous. At times, “From The Stairwell” makes you think of 60’s soundtracks, but the organic feeling of those is always interwoven with mechanical elements. Altogether, every single of the numerous details present in TKDE’s new songs feels to be at the right place and you can either just dive into the mood or pick one of the many aspects and enjoy it on its own – be it Gideon Kiers’ beats & fx, Jason Kˆhnen’s bass & piano, Hilary Jeffery’s trombone, Charlotte Cegarra’s voice & piano, Eelco Bosman’s guitar, Nina Hitz’ cello, Sarah Anderson’s violin, or – appearing as guest musicians – EirÌkur ”li ”lafsson’s trumpet and Coen Kaldeway’s saxophone & bass clarinet.

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Artist – The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble
Album – Xtabay
Release Date – 2012
Genre – Experimental, Dark-jazz, Ambient, Electronic Lo-core/Medio-core [ EXCELLENT AND WE ALL KNOW THAT ]

Tracklist

1. Xtabay [Original Version] 09:06
2. Xtabay [9 Hoad Remix] 03:50
3. Xtabay [Fanu Remix] 05:39
4. Xtabay [Roel Funcken Remix] 04:26
5. Xtabay [Balkansky Remix] 06:47
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The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble – Xtabay
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Artist – The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble
Album – From The Stairwell
Release Date – 2011
Genre – Experimental, Dark-jazz, Ambient, Electronic Lo-core/Medio-core [ EXCELLENT AND WE ALL KNOW THAT ]

Tracklist

1. All is One 05:22
2. Giallo 06:01
3. White Eyes 08:28
4. Cocaine 11:28
5. Celladoor 07:16
6. Cotard Delusion 05:46
7. Les Étoiles Mutantes 06:17
8. Past Midnight 12:02
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The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble – From The Stairwell
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Artist – The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble
Album – Live [ I Forsee the Dark Ahead, If I Stay ] ( * * * * * )
Release Date – 2011
Genre – Experimental, Dark-jazz, Ambient, Electronic Lo-core/Medio-core [ EXCELLENT AND WE ALL KNOW THAT ]

Tracklist

1. Celladoor 02:32
2. Lobby 07:26
3. Mists of Krakatoa 05:08
4. Adaptation of the Koto Song 05:00
5. Symmetry of 6’s 06:14
6. Nothing Changes/Senki Dala/Embers 10:04
7. Black Wings 06:02
8. Goya 05:34
9. The MacGuffin 15:14
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NAME YOUR PRICE ~ The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble – Live [ I Forsee the Dark Ahead, If I Stay ]
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Artist – The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble
Album – Kava Kon Remix ( * * * * * )
Release Date – 2009
Genre – Experimental, Dark-jazz, Ambient, Electronic Lo-core/Medio-core, Video

Tracklist

01 – Kava Kon Palace Of The Tiger Woman
02 – Mists Of Krakatoa
03 – Kava Kon Palace Of The Tiger Woman (MP4)
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NAME YOUR PRICE ~ The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble – Kava Kon Remix
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Artist – The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble
Album – Here Be Dragons ( * * * * * )
Release Date – 2009
Genre – Experimental, Dark-jazz, Ambient, Electronic Lo-core/Medio-core

Tracklist

A1 Lead Squid
A2 Caravan!
B1 Embers
B2 Sirocco
B3 Mists of Krakatoa
C1 Sharbath Gula
C2 Samhain Labs
D1 Seneca
D2 The MacGuffin
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PURCHASE ~ The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble – Here Be Dragons Password – SirensSound.blogspot.com
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Artist – The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble
Album – The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble ( * * * * * )
Year – 2006
Genre – Experimental, Dark-jazz, Ambient, Electronic Lo-core/Medio-core

Tracklist

1 The Nothing Changes
2 Pearls for Swine
3 Adaptation of the Koto Song
4 Lobby
5 Parallel Corners
6 Rivers of Congo
7 Solomon’s Curse
8 Amygdhala
9 Guernican Perspectives
10 Vegas
11 March of the Swine
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The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble – The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble Password – SirensSound.blogspot.com
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Artist – The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble
Album – Mutations Ep ( * * * * * )
Year – 2008
Genre – Experimental, Dark-jazz, Ambient, Electronic Lo-core/Medio-core

Tracklist

01 – Caos Calmo
02 – Munchen
03 – 169
04 – Twisted Horizons
05 – Mephistopheles
06 – Symmetry of 6s
07 – Avian Lung
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The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble – Mutations Ep Password – TheSirensSound.com
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Artist – The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation
Album – Doomjazz Future Corpse
Release Date – 2007
Genre – Ambient, Drone, Dark-ambient, Drone-ambient, Instrumental, Experimental, Post-jazz

Tracklist

1 One 6:03
2 Two 6:24
3 Three 5:23
4 Four 4:06
5 Five 9:19
6 Six 7:22
7 Seven 10:27
8 Eight 7:51
9 Nine 12:11
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The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation – Doomjazz Future Corpse
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Artist – The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation
Album – Succubus [ * * * * * ]
Release Date – 2009
Genre – Ambient, Drone, Dark-ambient, Drone-ambient, Instrumental, Experimental, Post-jazz

Tracklist

01 The Sexy Midnight Torture Show 4:29
02 Erotic Love Queen 6:35
03 Strange Dreams 4:31
04 Castles by the Sea 1:33
05 The Admirals Game 7:14
06 The Morning After 6:59
07 Perverted Pleasure Party 5:41
08 A Bad Trip 5:50
09 A Place for Fantasies 8:44
10 Murder Amongst Mannequins 1:58
11 Fleeing the Scene 5:19
12 Deadly Rehearsals 8:19
13 Faustine 8:30
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The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation – Succubus
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