Portfolio of Kimberly Johans

A collection of articles created during my stint as a journalist at The Macau Daily Times

One of the music festival’s most unique performances

Posted by Kimberly on October 26, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
October 26, 2007, page 5 (347 words)

The first piece of Kimmo Pohjonen Kluster and Proton String Quartet last night at Mount Fortress, was a beautifully simple one, slow and soulful but with a melancholic undertone. It started off softly but with ever increasing tempo and fever until the violins came into play and suddenly the addition of drums courtesy of electronic music made for a musical feel that was part Indian and part African.
Suddenly a silence came over the audience and faint notes of the accordion filtered through, the violins joining in again, adding a little melancholy before both began fading again into the distance, leaving behind sounds that almost resembled the twittering of birds. What then followed was a strange mix of sharp violin sounds and something that would have fit into a horror movie. This is where the surround sound kicked in, giving an impression of the audience being closed in.
and just like that, it seemed as if all hell had broken loose, like the rumblings of a wild herd of cattle mixed with their cries of terror. Add the flashing lights and it was certainly a surreal experience.
Then the subdued sound of the lone accordion took over and with the inclusion of the violins, came music that was one of the most beautiful I’d heard. A haunting tune, yet with an increase tempo due to drum-like beats. The first break came half an hour into the performance, followed by a piece that began with the simple plucking of violin strings.
Then followed a fusion of electronic beats, meditation vocals and accordion followed interspersed with short sharp violin sounds. The whole piece has a short, sharp feel to it with the vocals the only constant.
It was certainly an odd performance, unlike one I’d ever experience. I’d been concerned prior to the performance as to what reception the group would receive considering their unique style, but this was unnecessary. The fortress was almost filled to capacity and the majority of the audience, despite one or two walking away in the middle, were immersed in Kimmo’s creations myself included.

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