The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble

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The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble
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Sadie Anderson performing with the group in 2010
Background information
OriginUtrecht, Netherlands
GenresDark ambient, jazz fusion, IDM, trip hop, avant-garde, electronic
Years active2000–2014
LabelsPlanet Mu, Parallel Corners, Ad Noiseam, Denovali Records
Associated actsThe Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation[1]
MembersGideon Kiers
Jason Kohnen
Hilary Jeffery
Charlotte Cegarra
Eelco Bosman
Sadie Anderson
Nina Hitz

The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble is a Dutch dark jazz and experimental project formed in Utrecht in 2000. The group is composed of Jason Kohnen, Gideon Kiers, trombonist Hilary Jeffery, cellist Nina Hitz, singer Charlotte Cegarra, guitarist Eelco Bosman, and violinist Sadie Anderson. As of 2014, the group is no longer active. Its live counterpart is Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation.


Kohnen and Kiers initially formed the group, often abbreviated as TKDE, as a project for scoring silent movies such as Nosferatu and Metropolis. Kohnen and Kiers knew each other from studying at the Utrecht School of Arts. The hitherto electronic project was altered in 2004 when British trombonist Jeffery and Swiss cellist Hitz joined. As a quartet, the group released their debut album. Since then, the group has added Cegarra and Bosman in 2006, and Anderson in 2008. Since 2007, all members of the group reside in the Netherlands. The group formed the Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation in 2007 as an improvisational side project. The group released their crowd-funded From the Stairwell in 2011. In 2014, the group unofficially split up. Jason Kohnen confirmed this on his new project's Facebook page.[2]


Studio albums
  • The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble (2006)
  • Here Be Dragons (2009)
  • From the Stairwell (2011)
Live albums
  • I Forsee The Dark Ahead, If I Stay (2011)
  • Mutations (2009)