Finnish accordion adventurist Kimmo Pohjonen’s singular mission is to expand the capabilities, sound, scope, performance and experience of the accordion to levels never before attempted, seen or heard. Accordion, voice, effects, surround sound and light show combine to make a unique and captivating performance event.
A visionary of boundless energy, Pohjonen’s roots go back thirty years in all forms of accordion music including folk, dance, classical, rock, experimental, theatre music and more. His studies in the progressive and innovative Sibelius Academy Folk Music Department were a critical factor in Pohjonen’s transition to the boldly creative and versatile musician / performer he is today. Currently, Pohjonen is simultaneously involved in numerous projects:
-Kimmo Pohjonen / Samuli Kosminen Kluster featuring sampling genius Samuli Kosminen (also known from work with Icelandic band MuM). Kluster appeared at the MIDEM 2006 music convention in Cannes on a main stage showcase performance. Their album is released in Europe via Rockadillo and Westpark, the duo has toured througout Europe in folk, jazz, world, classical, contemporary and rock music festivals.
-KTU (pronounced ”K2”) is the new band featuring Pohjonen with Texans Pat Mastelotto and Trey Gunn from King Crimson. The KTU album 8 Armed Monkey is released in Europe on Rockadillo and Westpark, in North America on Thirsty Ear and in Japan on Besection. Concerts in Helsinki, Moscow, Tampere, Tallinn, Moers, Jena and Tokyo have been resounding successes with the highlight being FMM Festival in Sines, 2005, for an audience of 7000. 2006 concert successes include Wien Accordion Festival, Ljubljana Slovenia, FIMAV in Victoriaville, Canada, Nattjazz in Norway and SPOT Festival in Denmark, followed by their North American tour in March 2007.
-Kluster meets Kronos Quartet in the Uniko project featuring music composed by Pohjonen and Kosminen, commissioned by Kronos. Concerts in Helsinki, Moscow and Molde Jazz Festival were major successes. US premiere of Uniko is set for October 3,5,6, 2007 at Brooklyn Academy of Music.
-Pohjonen’s latest solo adventure is called Animator featuring live computer designs by multi-media artist / designer Marita Liulia and live video mix by Antti Kuivalainen. Successful concerts took place in Helsinki, Wien, Dusseldorf and in the late 2005 tour of Portugal.
-Pohjonen works in an improvisation duo with French drummer, Eric Echampard. Their album Uumen was released by Rockadillo and Westpark and they have performed in Finland, France, Estonia, Norway and Netherlands.
-Pohjonen has composed music for a Swedish dance performance premiered in October 2006 by choreographer Lisa Torun..Pohjonen also collaborated in Paris in June 2006 with dancers /choreographers Tero Saarinen and Carolyn Carlson.