Trumpet phenomenon Verneri Pohjola and percussion virtuoso Mika Kallio tour Finland in March 2018


 Early 2018 sees the British label Edition Records release the Finnish trumpeter Verneri Pohjola’s and drummer Mika Kallio’s duo album Animal Image. The mystical and atmospheric compositions are based on their improvised soundtrack on director Perttu Saksa’s 2017 experimental film of the same name. In March the duo tours Finland extensively, partly on a double bill with a French trio Les Voyageurs de l’Espace.

Animal Image (2017) is an experimental film project by Perttu Saksa. In Saksa’s 30-minute documentary the music is a wordless language between man and animal, an instinctive stream of sound weaving a web around the visual images. The film portrays the nature writer and photographer Heikki Willamo as he embarks on his journey towards attempting to capture the essence of an animal in an image. The images come alive with improvised music performed by Verneri Pohjola and Mika Kallio. The Animal Image album, full of Pohjola’s and Kallio’s captivating music, comes out on the British label Edition Records in the beginning of 2018. Edition Records also released Pohjola’s previous recording Pekka, where Kallio also mastered the beat section. The duo will go on tour in March 2018, playing and improvising the animalistic imagery live.

The Free Voices & Sounds agency (Vapaat äänet) has produced tours for Finnish and French improvising artists since 1996. Free Voices & Sounds takes Pohjola & Kallio to nine concerts around Finland in March 3 – 12, and on March 13 – 20 the French vocal trio Les Voyageurs de l’Espace will join them for another seven shows. Les Voyageurs de l’Espace (Space Travellers or Passengers) is a theatrical and poetic sound adventure, where language isn’t the main asset of human voice and the main basis of interaction. The band travels through the outer space in playful and approachable tones. Vocalist Claudia Solal’s, cellist Didier Petit’s and percussionist Philippe Foch’s self-titled album Les Passagers de l’Espace received the acclaimed Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros prize in November 2017.

Verneri Pohjola & Mika Kallio
Verneri Pohjola trumpet, electronics
Mika Kallio drums, electronics  

Les Voyageurs de l’Espace
Claudia Solal vocals
Didier Petit cello, vocals
Philippe Foch percussion, electronics, vocals

See tour dates below.

Vapaat äänet -kiertue 3.–20.3.2018

Verneri Pohjola & Mika Kallio
Sat 3.3.2018 at 2pm Tampere, library Metso / Metso-Live: meet the artist & concert
Sat 3.3.2018 at 8pm Pori, Validi Karkia club at Poriginal Galleria
Sun 4.3.2018 at 6pm Riihimäki, Vihreätalo
Ti 6.3.2018 at 7pm, Loimaa, Taidetalo
Wed 7.3.2018 at 7pm Äänekoski, Wille
Thu 8.3.2018 at 7pm Oulainen, Kinokulma / Kulmajazz
Fri 9.3.2018 at 7pm Seinäjoki, restaurant Alma / Jazzoikoon!
Sun 11.3.2018 at 7pm Maarianhamina, Auditoriet, Alandica

Verneri Pohjola & Mika Kallio + Les Voyageurs de l’Espace (FRA)
Tue 13.3.2018 at 7pm Turku, Turun seudun musiikkiopisto
Wed 14.3. 2018 at 7.30pm Kuopio, Hygge Bro
Thu 15.3.2018 at 7pm Kulttuuritalo Tempo/ Mikkelin Musiikkijuhlat
Fri 16.3.2018 at 7pm Raahe, Raahen Teatteri
Sat 17.3.2018 at 6pm Joensuu, Pakkahuone
Sun 18.3.2018 at 6pm Kuusankoski, Pato Klubi
Tue 20.3.2018 at 7pm Helsinki, Malmitalo

Les Voyageurs de l’Espace (FRA)
Mon 19.3.2018 at 6pm Hämeenlinna city library