Meet the Band: Telesma


Hometown: Baltimore

Current members: Ian Hesford, didgeridoo, bamboo mouth harp, percussion; Jason Sage, keyboardist, percussion, vocals, programming; Miles Gannett, guitar, egg slicer, percussion; Chris Mandra, guitar, percussion; Kevin Morris, bass; Joanne Juskus, vocals, percussion, finger symbols.

Founded in: 2002

Style: Tribal/experimental dance music.

Influenced by: Pink Floyd, Dead Can Dance, Stephen Kent, Tricky, Sheila Chandra, Medeski Martin and Wood, Amon Tobin.

Notable: On Saturday, Telesma will be accompanied by two dance troupes - the Egyptian Sun Belly Dancers and Moth. Plus, a member of the band will play an egg slicer (yes, plastic and metal utensil last seen in your grandmother's kitchen drawer). It's played with a laser (an e-bow), and it makes "a tinkling, almost bell-like sound that resonated and reverberates," according to band member Sage.

Quotable: Sage on what to expect at the show: "At a lot of performances - looking out from the stage at least - the whole crowd is dancing, which is a good feeling. [The show] is a total sensory experience. It is not just music. Every tone also has a color, and a part of the body and a smell and a taste. It all sounds a little much, but I've done research into this."

Check out Telesma on Saturday when they play at the Patterson. The show is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 or $6 for members of the Creative Alliance at the Patterson or students. The Patterson is at 3134 Eastern Ave. Call 410-276-1651 or visit

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