Kerkko Koskinen, Verneri Pohjola, Antti Eerikäinen & UMO Jazz Orchestra
Directed and edited by: Arto Tuohimaa
Original story concept: Arto Tuohimaa & Anu Lyra
Filmed by: Arto Tuohimaa, Jussi Kärnä, Jukka Rouhuvirta, Rasmus Försti
Sound recordists: Ville Nore, Svante Colerus, Tiina Aarniala
Sound design: Pasi Siitonen
Pre-production: Anu Lyra
Producer: Arto Tuohimaa
Production: Kuvio Helsinki
Production year: 2009
A film about Jazz and Helsinki Sketches of North is a black & white film inspired by the music of “Agatha” - a big band album composed by Kerkko Koskinen and played by UMO Jazz Orchestra & trumpeter Verneri Pohjola.
Sketches of North peeks into the making process of “Agatha”. The main collective behind the album share their thoughts on the creating process and the meaning of improvisation. Moreover, the film illustrates the compositions by placing their melancholic, but now and then cheerfully swinging atmospheres into Helsinki, a city of four seasons.
Sketches of North glides through the heavy winter towards the intense summer and the serene, darkening autumn. The bombastic and epic music shakes hands with the manic-depressive beat of the northern capital. The audial landscape in Kerkko Koskinen’s music merges with the mind-flowing narration of the film, and together they catch the dreamlike, poetically swinging spirit of today’s Helsinki.