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Pekka Kuusito and Valgeir Sigurosson

1 hour, 45 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 16 September 2010

Fiona Talkington's musical selection includes percussion music by Simon Limbrick and Steve Reich, turntablist Philip Jeck, and a Late Junction session which brings Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto and Icelandic composer/producer Valgeir Sigurdsson together in the studio for the first time to record original material.

Music Played

21 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for The Books

    The Books Group Autogenics I

    The Way Out, Temporary Residence TRR 183

  • Image for Simon Jermyn

    Simon Jermyn Hymni

    Hymni, Diatribe DIACDSOL04

  • Image for David Fanshawe

    David Fanshawe Gilo Stones from the Solomon Islands

    Music of the South Pacific, Arc EUCD 1709

  • Image for Steve Reich

    Steve Reich Music for pieces of wood

    Artist: Splash Percussion NRW

    Classic Clips CLCL15

  • Image for Hespèrion XX

    Hespèrion XX Canarios (Improvisación)

    El Nuevo Mundo – Folias Criollas, AliaVox AVSA9876

  • Image for Agnes Obel

    Agnes Obel Over the Hill

    Philharmonics, PIAS R195CDX

  • Image for Dave Smith

    Dave Smith Bossa Nova

    Artist: Sarah Walker (piano)

    Dave Smith piano music

  • Image for Le Trio Joubran

    Le Trio Joubran Majaz

    Majaz, World Village 479032

  • Image for The Books

    The Books The Story of Hip-Hop

    The Way Out, Temporary Residence TRR 183

  • Late Junction collaboration session – Pekka Kuusisto & Valgeir Sigurðsson

    • Image for Pekka Kuusisto & Valgeir Sigurðsson

      Pekka Kuusisto & Valgeir Sigurðsson Kill Your Darlings

      BBC session recording, 4 September 2010

  • Image for Pekka Kuusisto & Valgeir Sigurðsson

    Pekka Kuusisto & Valgeir Sigurðsson Harður Rokkur

    BBC session recording, 4 September 2010

  • Image for Pekka Kuusisto & Valgeir Sigurðsson

    Pekka Kuusisto & Valgeir Sigurðsson Man-made Disaster

    BBC session recording, 4 September 2010

  • Image for Ólöf Arnalds

    Ólöf Arnalds Svif Birki (Tree Love)

    Innundir Skinni, One Little Indian TPLP 1065CD

  • Image for Champion Jack Dupree

    Champion Jack Dupree Rattlesnake Boogie

    Classic Sounds of New Orleans, Smithsonian SFW 40182

  • Image for Philip Jeck

    Philip Jeck Ark

    An Ark for the Listener, Touch TO:81

  • Image for Philip Jeck

    Philip Jeck Dark Rehearsal

    An Ark for the Listener, Touch TO:81

  • Image for Jah Wobble

    Jah Wobble Dusk

    Welcome to my world, 30 Hertz 30HZCD32

  • Image for Keith Jarrett

    Keith Jarrett Book of Ways 3

    Book of Ways, ECM 831 398 2

  • Image for Simon Limbrick

    Simon Limbrick Lateral

    Hammer, www.marimbo.com

  • Image for Simon Limbrick

    Simon Limbrick Whirl Part 1

    Hammer, www.marimbo.com

  • Image for Fennesz Daniell Buck

    Fennesz Daniell Buck Fennesz Daniell Buck - Unüberwindbare Wände

    Knoxville, Thrill Jockey THRILL 246

  • Pekka Kuusisto and Valgeir Sigurðsson

    Pekka Kuusisto and Valgeir Sigurðsson

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  • Pekka Kuusisto & Valgeir Sigurðsson Session

    Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto and Icelandic producer Valgeir Sigurðsson share many of the same musical ideals. They both hail from isolated countries, and feel most at home in the recording studio. They jumped at the chance to collaborate together for the first time for Late Junction.
    Pekka has built up an international solo career as an artist across both classical and more contemporary idioms. He takes his double violin case, which houses his Guadagnini and electric violin, to all concerts and is regularly found dragging a large suitcase full of effects pedals behind him. Valgeir runs his own studio and record label from Reykjavik and has produced albums by artists including Björk, The Magic Numbers and Nico Muhly. He is a master of using the studio as a musical tool and was able to morph acoustic sounds beyond recognition live during the session by routing them through his laptop.

    They augmented their usual setup of violin and laptop by drawing on the full range of instruments available to them in the BBC's Maida Vale studios including 2 Steinway grand pianos, Fender Rhodes, celeste and timpani. The result was three completely original and contrasting works. Pekka confided afterwards that he had a secret proposal to present to Valgeir over dinner for a future collaborative project. It may well have something to do with taking an inflatable timpani from Helsinki to Reykjavik...


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