Kimmo Pohjonen (b. 1964) is one of the most respected and in-demand musicians and performers in Finland. An accordionist of exceptional ability and imagination, Kimmo's musical history goes back more than twenty years in rock, folk, avant-garde, improvisation, classical, dance and theatre music projects. In 1996 he embarked on a solo career with his solo 5-row accordion project, featuring extreme and original compositions, live loops and effects, a dynamic and animated stage performance, orchestrated lights and surround sound.
In 1996 he embarked on a solo career with his solo 5-row accordion project, featuring extreme and original compositions, live loops and effects, a dynamic and animated stage performance, orchestrated lights and surround sound. This show received instant massive worldwide critical acclaim at WOMEX Berlin in 1999 and led to continuous work with his many projects all over Europe, North and South America, Israel, Russia and Japan to rave response.
Pohjonen's singular mission is to expand the capabilities, sound, performance, scope and experience of the accordion in many different settings to levels never before seen or heard. Accordion, voice, effects, surround sound and light show combine to make a unique and captivating performance event.
Named Folk Musician of the Year in Finland in 1996, 1997, 1998, he has played on over 75 different albums in the past 10 years including Finnish folk music group Ottopasuuna, duo pinnin pojat with JPP's Arto J?rvel? and rock band Ismo Alanko Säätiö. Pohjonen has also performed music for theatre, ballet and modern dance.
Selected projects and collaborations:
In 2001 he formed duo Kluster with sampling whiz Samuli Kosminen.
Pohjonen's projects include concert collaborations with Kronos Quartet.
Pohjonen and Kosminen have also teamed up with Pat Mastelotto and Trey Gunn of King Crimson for the quartet called KTU.
Pohjonen also performs entirely improvised music with French percussionist Eric Echampard (see: Kimmo Pohjonen & Eric Echampard).
* Kielo (Finland: Rockadillo ZENCD 2060, Japan: P Vine PCD 23115, France: World Village 479007)
* Kluster (Finland: Rockadillo ZENCD 2074, Germany, Austria, Switzerland: Westpark 87087)
* Kalmuk (Westpark 87092 )
* Kalmuk DVD Symphony (Lilith LILDVD 16)
[This text is an abridged and slightly re-arranged version of the bio text in Pohjonen's homepage]