The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble (TKDE) formed in 2000 as a project to compose new music for existing silent movies. Jason Köhnen
(akaBong-Ra) and Gideon Kiers (Telcosystems), both graduates of the Utrecht School of Arts, combined their audio and visual skills to
reinterpretclassic movies by F.W. Murnau (Nosferatu) and F. Lang (Metropolis) In 2004 UK trombonist Hilary Jeffery and Swiss cellist Nina Hitz
joinedTKDE to record the self-titled debut album which was released on Planet Mu Records in May 2006. The ensuing tour saw Eelco Bosman and
Parisbased vocalist Charlotte Cegarra join, forming the Ensemble into a sextet. London based violinist Sadie Anderson joined in 2008 to supply
thegroup with extra power on stage.