Kimmo Pohjonen / Samuli Kosminen / Kronos Quartet – Uniko UK premiere
The UK premiere of Uniko by Kimmo Pohjonen, Samuli Kosminen and Kronos Quartet will take place on Sept 18, 2013 at The Barbican in London. Featuring music composed by Pohjonen and Kosminen, Uniko explores new and unique sounds combining accordion, accordion samples, strings, string samples with surround sound, lights and video to create a new, multi-dimensional experience. Uniko’s world premiere was at the Helsinki Festival in 2004 and has been performed in Moscow, Norway, Czech Republic, Budapest and New York. See: Barbican website.
Uniko was released on CD by Ondine and on DVD by CMajor.
Uniko CD review:
“Top of the World” pick. “***** UNIKO stretches out a huge canvas for a wide palette of musical and emotional experiences. The sounds are finely crafted with immaculate detail; the energy is raw and uncompromising, warm and lyrical…. an aural journey that takes the listener on a rare adventure both poignant and chilling.” (Fiona Talkington, Songlines)
Uniko concert review:
“The music is sheer physicality”… ”Uniko” is like an ocean tide coming in. Big waves of sound build in complexity, animation and sometimes sheer frenzy, then abruptly retreat into small lyrical moments, amplified pizzicatos or buzzings by some huge and imaginary insect. Mr. Pohjonen, a virtuoso on an accordion wired for sound, guided things along and became so excited at the end that one worried about his well-being.” (Bernard Holland, New York Times)