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 by the trumpet phenomenon and the percussion virtuoso 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. This is the 30th Finnish and French tour that the Finnish Jazz Federation and the agency Vapaat äänet (The Free Voice &  Sounds) co-produce together since 1996.

Mika Kallio, Verneri Pohjola – Tampere Jazz Happening 2017 © Maarit Kytöharju

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.

Vapaat äänet agency (The Free Voices & Sounds) has produced tours for Finnish and French improvising artists since 1996. Vapaat äänet takes Pohjola & Kallio to eight concerts around Finland in March 3rd – 12th , and on March 13th – 20th  the French vocal trio Les Voyageurs de l’Espace will join them for another seven shows. Les Voyageurs de l’Espace (Space Travellers) 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 Voyageurs de l’Espace received the acclaimed Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros prize in November 2017.

Tour Program from March 3rd till 20th 2018

Verneri Pohjola & Mika Kallio
Sat 03/03 14:00 Tampere, Central Library Metso / Metso-Live: concert and meeting with the artists
Sat 03/03 20:00 Pori, Validi Karkia -klubi at Poriginal Galleri
Sun 04/03 18:00 Riihimäki, Vihreätalo
Tue 06/03 19:00 Loimaa, Taidetalo
Wed 07/03 19:00 Äänekoski, Wille
Thu 08/03 19:00 Oulainen, Kinokulma / Kulmajazz
Fri 09/03 19:00 Seinäjoki, ravintola Alma / Jazzoikoon!
Sun 11/03 19:00 Mariehamn, Auditoriet, Alandica

Verneri Pohjola & Mika Kallio + Les Voyageurs de l’Espace
Tu 13/03 Turku, Turun seudun musiikkiopisto
Wed 14/03 Kuopio, Hygge Bro
Thu 15/03 Kulttuuritalo Tempo/ Mikkelin Musiikkijuhlat
Fri 16/03 Raahe, Raahen Teatteri
Sat 17/03  Joensuu, Pakkahuone
Sun 18/03 Kuusankoski, Pato Klubi
Tue 20/03 Helsinki, Malmitalo

Verneri Pohjola & Mika Kallio
Verneri Pohjola trumpet, elektronics
Mika Kallio drums, elektronics
http://verneripohjola.com/  http://www.mikakallio.net/

Avaruuden Matkustajat Les Voyageurs de l’Espace
Claudia Solal voice
Didier Petit cello, voice
Philippe Foch percussions, electronics, voice
www.musiquedailleurs-voyageursdelespace.net

Co-production
Suomen Jazzliitto www.jazzliitto.fi ja Vapaat äänet  www.vapaataanet.fi

Tour support
MES – The Finnish Music Foundation
Bureau Export, French Institute, Sacem, Spedidam / tbc

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