Kimmo Pohjonen Skin

Finnish accordion adventurist Kimmo Pohjonen is internationally known for revolutionizing accordion music, sound and performance. His custom-made, electrified and MIDI-fied instrument plus voice, effects, samples, surround sound and light show combine to make a unique and captivating performance experience.

A visionary of boundless energy, Pohjonen’s roots go back forty 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, internationally successful musician/performer he is today.

In 2015 Pohjonen released new album ‘Sensitive Skin’ that features new compositions exploring dynamic, new sonic territory with special guests: Tuomas Norvio (electronics), Kronos Quartet (string quartet), Samuli Kosminen (drums, percussion), Timo Kämäräinen (guitar, bouzouki), Sami Kuoppamäki (drums), Arto Järvelä (JPP – nyckelharpa), Inka and Saana Pohjonen (vocals), Ismo Alanko (vocals) and Lauri Porra (bass), Timo Alakotila (Kronos arrangements). Sensitive Skin was produced by James Spectrum (Von Hertzen Brothers, Pepe Deluxe.)

“This is the first album where I had enough time to plan and record at a comfortable pace and in my own studio, allowing the music to emerge more organically and exactly as I wanted. Additionally, the vocal contributions by my daughters Inka and Saana were a big influence on the way the music and album were shaped, created and arranged. I am more than satisfied, even thrilled with the results.” (Kimmo Pohjonen)

Kielo 1999
Kluster 2002
Kalmuk 2002
Kalmuk DVD Symphony 2002
Iron Lung 2004
Kimmo Pohjonen and Eric Echampard – Uumen 2005
KTU – 8 Armed Monkey 2005
KTU – Quiver 2009
Kimmo Pohjonen / Samuli Kosminen / Kronos Quartet – Uniko 2011 Kimmo Pohjonen / Samuli Kosminen / Kronos Quartet – Uniko DVD 2011 Heikki Laitinen / Kimmo Pohjonen – Murder Ballads CD 2012
Sensitive Skin 2015
“Pohjonen… proved himself, in the course of that hour, to be truly an innovator on his instrument and in his conception of improvised music. Layering chords upon chords and building to crescendos of melodic and harmonic extravagance by means of a seamless production of gradually mounting orchestral body from his instrument, pedaled special-effects such as loops, sampling, and playback, and guttural vocalizations, moans, and insect-like buzzes via a tiny mic resting upon his left cheek, Pohjonen rocked back and forth demonically on his stool, his face often contorted in emotional pain. So distraught did he appear in his final ten minutes or so onstage, as he hurled himself forward onto his feet into a crouch several times, pumping the accordion and manipulating its keys and buttons as though possessed by a spirit (as well he may have been — the program parenthetically included as among his musical styles “shamanistic trance”), I thought that he would wrest the accordion from his shoulders by its straps and smash it on the stage… Kimmo Pohjonen’s performance proved to be a riveting musical and surreal theatrical experience, a multi-dimensional display of totally original, astonishingly eccentric, and unabashedly uncompromising artistic genius. I can’t think of any performance of recent years that has so moved me”. (
Kimmo Pohjonen – accordion, electronics, voice
Inka Pohjonen – guitar, electronics, voice
Saana Pohjonen – drums, voice

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