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Kimmo Pohjonen, on tour | Hod O'Brien, on tour

Kimmo Pohjonen, on tour
Jazz and improv detractors might complain that the music sounds like a farmyard, but the extraordinary Finnish accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen is putting the comparison to the test on his Earth Machine Music UK tour by staging his gigs in farmyards. Pohjonen intends pitting his dramatic accordion variations against sampled sounds from tractors, milking machines and threshers, and in some cases live input from local farmers at work. If anyone can do it, Pohjonen can. He has hitched the accordion to technology to give it a huge orchestral scope, retained its folksy communality, veered from improv to amiable country-funk and added a surreal theatricality that sometimes finds him flat on the floor pretending to be eaten by his own feverishly thrashing instrument.

· Bury St Edmunds Festival, Nowton, Sun 11; Manor Farm, Cocking, Tue 13; Westcott Barton, Nr Barnstaple, Thu 15

Hod O'Brien, on tour
You might imagine that a pianist who has stood in for the legendary Bill Evans and alternated sets at New York's famous Five Spot with Thelonious Monk is entitled to at least minor-celebrity status. But Hod O'Brien, the elegant US bop pianist, is the kind of virtuoso purist whose reputation is mostly restricted to fellow players and dedicated jazz insiders. O'Brien is on a short UK tour, with a British band of enthusiastic guardians of the bebop flame - trumpeter Steve Fishwick, saxist Osian Roberts and guitarist Colin Oxley among them. Hod O'Brien's long CV includes jams on the New York loft scene with guitarist Kenny Burrell and saxophonist Stan Getz among others, but also a 10-year diversion studying maths at Columbia University. So expect the unexpected.

· The Fairway Suite, Welwyn Garden City, Sun 11; Dempseys, Cardiff, Tue 13; St James Social Club, Swansea, Wed 14; Olivers, SE10, Fri 16

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