BY TRAVIS HARE
Though the Takoma Park experimental jazz trio, Djesben, have been playing in the Washington area for 14 years, they had never released a record. They have now rectified that, compiling over a decade of music into eight tracks on the album, Dream.
Topher Dunne and Katy Gaughan.
In support of the new record, the band will play live on Sunday, October 6th at the Takoma Park Street Festival.
It should be a lively show as Djesben play with such diverse instruments as the Chapman Stick, conga drums, and the Appalachian Dulcimer, an instrument in the zither family that was invented in the Appalachian Mountains in the early 19th century.
Band members Christian Crowley, Topher Dunne and Katy Gaughan have played together since 1999. Their sound ranges from the Sufi devotionals of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, to the quirky grooves of the Talking Heads.
So after 14 years, why did the band finally decide to release and album? It turns out that fans had been nudging them for years to commit something for permanent record. They finally relented. “It was time,” says Katy Gaughan.