Kimmo Pohjonen - accordion, voice, effects
Samuli Kosminen - accordion samples, voice samples, effects
On stage, Kosminen reproduces samples of Pohjonen’s accordion and voice percussively by way of electronic drum pads and combining that with Pohjonen’s accordion, voice, live loops, effects and surround sound, they create a brain bursting maelstrom of multi-dimensional music unlike anything done or heard before. It is important to note that all sounds produced on stage and on recordings originate from Pohjonen’s accordion and voice.
Kimmo Pohjonen: Playing since age ten, Pohjonen gained experience in rock, folk, theatre, dance, classical, improvisational and avant-garde music groups and ensembles for three decades. He has played on over seventy albums, continues to be in great demand and firmly established as one of Finland’s most active and important musicians. In 2000, he received a five year artist grant from the Finnish state and over the years, several other awards, grant and prizes. Music from his debut CD Kielo has been used in ballet performances in Holland and Helsinki.
Samuli Kosminen is one of Finland’s top percussionists. Drummer since age thirteen and then a student at Helsinki’s Pop/Jazz Conservatory from age seventeen-nineteen, Samuli has since performed with a gargantuan array of Finnish rock, pop, jazz, electronic music artists. By adding electronic effects and sampler to his acoustic drum/percussion setup, he achieved new sounds and dimensions in the world of percussion. Subsequently, in recent years he has concentrated more on playing, composing and producing alternative/electronic music, with Pohjonen and with others.
Kimmo Pohjonen Kluster have toured throughout Europe and in Japan and have worked in numerous projects and formations. Most notable of late is the concert collaboration with Kronos Quartet featuring the eighty minute Pohonen/Kosminen composition UNIKO, specially commissioned by Kronos. The World Premiere performances took place at the Helsinki Festival in September 2004 followed by a concert in Moscow.
Additionally, Kimmo Pohjonen Kluster joined forces with the duo called TU (pronounced "2") comprising Pat Mastelotto (drums, percussion) and Trey Gunn (Warr guitar) from the band King Crimson. This new quartet project is called KTU (pronounced "K2") and their World Premiere was in Helsinki in April 2004 followed by four concerts in Tokyo.