Finnish Jazz trumpeter Verneri Pohjola and percussionist Mika Kallio combined to create an original soundtrack to the extraordinary, poetic, documentary film Animal Image.
Verneri Pohjola is a Finnish trumpet player born 23rd of December 1977 in Helsinki. He is the son of Pekka Pohjola, a legendary bass guitar virtuoso. Verneri first became known in his country as a member of a hip club soul band Quintessence which featured Emma Salokoski and Tuomo Prättälä as soloists, who both are among the best known and most critically acclaimed soul vocalists in Finland. At the same time a group of young musicians led by Pohjola, called Ilmiliekki Quartet won numerous awards includind the prestigious Teosto -award for original compositions on their debut ‘March of The Alpha Males’ (2003, TUM Records), and the first place in the Young Nordic Jazz Comets ensemble competition.
Pohjola quickly became well established in Finland and received the Pori Jazz Musician of the Year 2004 -award. In 2017 he was awarded the Yrjö Award, the highest national jazz award in Finland. Since 2004 he has been working with international musicians such as Anthony Braxton, Jeff Ballard, Anders Jormin, Sylvain Rifflet, Pablo Held, Pascal Schumacher, Stefan Pasborg, Iro Haarla and others. Pohjola was signed to his current recording contract in 2014 with UK based Edition Records and his album ‘Bullhorn’ was released in 2015. ‘Bullhorn’ gained a lot of brilliant recognition among both critics and audiences and was rewarded as Jazz Album of The Year in Finnish Emma Gala. His further releases on Edition records include ‘Pekka’ that features Verneri’s father’s Pekka Pohjola’s music and ‘Animal Image’, a duo effort of Pohjola and drummer Mika Kallio.
Since 1997, Mika has played on 70 albums with various bands and his debut as a leader/soloist ”Mika Kallio” was released in 2008. He is also a co-leader in such bands like Mikko Innanen – Mika Kallio Duo and Verneri Pohjola – Mika Kallio Duo.