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Kimmo Pohjonen

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


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TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2018

Read "TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by John Kelman

2018 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival Multiple Venues Ottawa, Canada June 21-June 26, 2018 For its 2018 edition, the 39th annual TD Ottawa Jazz Festival faced a number of significant logistical challenges. First, Confederation Park, which has traditionally been the location of its large, outdoor venue, a food court and ...


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Jazzahead! 2017

Read "Jazzahead! 2017" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Jazzahead! Trade Fair/Festival Bremen April 27-29, 2017 Jazzahead!, the annual market place of/for jazz in Hanseatic city of Bremen in North-Western Germany, with a total of 40 showcases and a concluding club night with more than 110 concerts, is impossible to cover adequately in one report. In this article you'll find a ...


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Kimmo Pohjonen & Eric Echampard al Teatro Manzoni di Milano

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Aperitivo in concerto Teatro Manzoni -Milano -08.02.2015 Le modalità con cui la fisarmonica è entrata a far parte della tradizione musicale finlandese sono sconosciute. Certo è che, come riporta il sito del festival internazionale Sata- Häme Soi, la fisarmonica è lo specchio dell'anima finlandese. Crea felicità, gioia, e una buona ...


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Garana Jazz Festival 2014

Read "Garana Jazz Festival 2014" reviewed by Adriana Carcu

Garana Jazz Festival Wolf's Meadow Garana, Romania July 10-13, 2014 One of Europe's most visited festivals, taking place on a meadow over 300 ft. high in the Western Carpathians, just had its 18th anniversary. The lineup, a brand mark of the festival director, Marius Giura, combined again tradition ...


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Kimmo Pohjonen: A Very Cool Instrument

Read "Kimmo Pohjonen:  A Very Cool Instrument" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Certain instruments have yet to place themselves beyond how the public and most musicians perceive them, but that hasn't stopped some musicians from distinguishing themselves by taking a different path with them. As Jimi Hendrix is to the electric guitar, so is Finnish musician Kimmo Pohjonen to the accordion: a conceptualist and master improviser who has ...


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Kimmo Pohjonen: Soundbreaker

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Kimmo PohjonenSoundbreakerKoskela Art and Media2013In the hands of avant-accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen, the mechanical intricacies of his instrument become agents of a great musical power, grace and expression. An instrumental virtuoso, Pohjonen has exploited the complete potential of the keys, buttons, and air beneath his fingers by stretching both ...


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Gent Jazz Festival 2011: Days 1-4

Read "Gent Jazz Festival 2011: Days 1-4" reviewed by Martin Longley

Days 1-4 | Days 5-8 Gent Jazz Festival Bijloke Gent, Belgium July 7-10, 2011 There has been a radical change to the Gent Jazz Festival site since last year. The historic Bijloke zone remains historic, but it now has a new concrete 'n' ...



Label: RockAdillo
Released: 2009


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Helsinki Jazz Festival Moves to the Islands

Read "Helsinki Jazz Festival Moves to the Islands" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

Viapori Jazz Suomenlinna Islands, Helsinki, Finland August 26-29, 2009 In 1855 the British Navy did their very best to obliterate this fortress of seven linked islands just off the entrance to the harbor of Helsinki. The two-day bombardment is said to have sent almost 200 tons of iron raining down ...


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