Kimmo POHJONEN, accordion, voice
Trey GUNN, Warr guitar
Pat MASTELOTTO, drums and rhythmic devices
Heikki ISO-AHOLA and Jukka KAVEN, surround sound design
The original KTU band formed in 2001 was
a quartet with Kimmo Pohjonen and Samuli Kosminen (Kluster) and
Pat Mastelotto and Trey Gunn (from King Crimson and duo TU).
Accordion dynamo Kimmo Pohjonen and sampling
guru Samuli Kosminen formed Kluster in 2001. Both award-winning
musicians are known as adventurers in their respective fields and
their partnership takes accordion music to new and unexplored territory.
On stage, Kosminen reproduces samples of Pohjonen's accordion and
voice percussively by way of electronic drum pads. Samuli also drums
with Icelandic band MuM, and other recent Kluster collaborations
include Uniko with Kronos Quartet and Proton String Quartet. Kosminen
departed KTU in 2007 but continues with Kluster.
Percussionist Pat Mastelotto and touch guitarist
Trey Gunn have enjoyed successful careers with the band King Crimson,
one of the worlds most dynamic, skillful and innovative bands. The
two met at Peter Gabriel's Real World Stduios before touring with
David Sylvian & Robert Fripp and seperatly they have worked
with John Paul Jones, XTC, Toni Childs, The Rembrandts, Cock Robin,
Robyn Hitchcock, Trail of the Dead, Julia Fordham, Vernon Ried,
Hall & Oats, The Sugercubes, Mathew Sweet, Jude Cole, Steve
Hackett and countless others. Their new duo known as TU explores
an highlights the well-known Gunn and Mastelotto edge, energy, humor,
imagination, phenomenal playing skills and dynamism in an improvisational
setting. The first TU album was released in early 2004 followed
by April appearances in Moscow.
Seeds for KTU took root at SXSW in Austin Texas
in March 1999 when Kimmo Pohjonen shared a billing with Mastelotto/Gunn/Robert
Fripp's Project Three at the Electric Lounge. Plans for the band
took shape over the next five years. KTU's aim is to combine the
creative energies, edge, imagination and other elements of the players
to make something new, different and musically explosive. Surround
sound design and effects by Heikki Iso-Ahola and Jukka Kaven.
KTU rehearsals and the World Premiere concert
took place in Helsinki at the venue Nosturi in April 2004, followed
by four concerts in Tokyo at Eggman, recordings of these shows are
featured on the debut record Eight Armed Monkey released in 2005.
Live concerts continued in 2005 with headlining festival appearances
in Germany at the Moers festival, Kulturzelt an der Drahtbracke
Kassel, Kulturarena in Jena, as well as FMM festival in Sines, Portugal.
Subsequent shows in 2005 and 2006 included Moscow, Tallinn, Tampere
Jazz Happening festival in Finland, Spain, Portugal, Norway and
Denmark In January 2007, the KTU trio (Gunn, Pohjonen, Mastelotto),
did a short tour of Finland and in March they debuted its live show
in America including NYC, L.A., Toronto, Austin, Chicago and Mexico
City. Further KTU concerts in 2007 and 2008 included Slovakia, Spain,
Kazan (Tatarstan, Russia), Moscow and Helsinki.
Photo: Kalle Bjorklid
Photo: Ryan Chahanovich