Kari Ikonen

– pianist, moogist & composer –

“Kari Ikonen shows a sparkle and gently questing spirit that engages the listener”
-Stuart Nicholson, Jazzwise (UK)

Kari Ikonen (Ralf Dombrowski)

My next album Ikonostasis is out now on German label Ozella !!! (except Finland May 26 and USA/Canada June 9). It has piano & moog solos, moog/clarinet duos with Louis Sclavis, different duos with Ra-Kalam Bob Moses, a trio with Bob Moses & Mathias Eick… See the video of Kari Ikonen & Louis Sclavis, another video of Kari Ikonen & Bob Moses, or listen to the excerpts on Soundcloud. And buy the album in Amazon or here !!!

IKONOSTASIS live in June:
June 10th, Helsinki, Finland, G-Livelab (w. Mika Kallio & Joakim Berghäll)
June 23rd, Brooklyn (NY), ShapeShifter Lab (USA) (w. Bob Moses & Ole Mathisen)
June 26th, Rochester (NY), Rochester Jazz Festival (USA) (w. Bob Moses & Ole Mathisen)
June 29th, Washington DC, Nordic Jazz Week (USA) (w. Bob Moses & Ole Mathisen)

Check out this new video: Kari Ikonen Trio EPK 2017 !!! And 30 min showcase at Jazzahead!

Elixir, the debut album of Quartet Ajaton has been released as wood disc (WD) and vinyl LP on Eclipse Music! See the video here!

Trio Toffa‘s debut album Positive is out now on Eclipse Music! Have a look at the video of “Ozin De” here !!!

See the new video: Kari Ikonen Trio Live in Berlin ! New line-up, new music !!!

Kari Ikonen Trio‘s Beauteous Tales and Offbeat Stories has been chosen for 10 different lists of the best albums of 2015 in various jazz media: Something Else! Reviews (USA), Marlbank 2015 Piano Trio Choice (UK), Music is Good (USA), VicTim of Jazz (RO), Kauppalehti, Jazzkeittiö, Etelä-Suomen Sanomat, Valon Kuvia, Jazzpossu, and Keskisuomalainen (FI) !!!

Orchestra Nazionale della Luna was in studio in November! Check the video teaser here.

Kari Ikonen Trio‘s Beauteous Tales and Offbeat Stories has now been released by Ozella Music !!! Listen to samples here! The reviews have all been great, for example: ”This is a wholly original take on the improvising piano trio.” (****) -Jazz Journal (UK)
Marlbank lists five “state of the art” jazz piano trios of 2015 – KIT is one of them!
Beauteous Tales… was “Jazz-Album der Woche” at NDR in April and also one of the selected new albums at Europe Jazz Media Chart May 2015 !!! Read reviews at Press-section.

See the video: Kari Ikonen & Ra-Kalam Bob Moses @ ShapeShifter Lab, Brooklyn (NY) June 19, 2014.

Bright is on JAZZTHETIK’s 2013 bestlist and on Something Else Reviews’ list for best albums of 2013!

Happy to announce: Kari Ikonen to receive the Yrjö Award for the Finnish jazz musician of 2013 !!!

Listen to Kari Ikonen Trio: Bright (Ozella 2013)!  Visit Kari’s facebook page!

”I’m impressed. Ikonen’s overall vision is powerful and unique.” -Ra-Kalam Bob Moses

”Kari Ikonen Trio grabbed the moment with an assured and highly imaginative display of contemporary piano trio aesthetics.” -Jon Newey, Jazzwise (UK)

“Kari Ikonen lets his jazz chops shine, his groove glisten and his range within the music flourish with these two releases.” -John Ephland, All About Jazz (USA)

”…vertiginous piano playing…”  -Democrat & Chronicle (USA)

The 2013 Yrjö Award recipient as the Finnish Jazz Musician of the Year, pianist, moogist and composer Kari Ikonen (b.1973) is currently active with his own trio and several other bands and projects like Orchestra Nazionale della Luna, Quartet Ajaton and Trio Toffa. He has worked with the likes of Louis Sclavis, Lee Konitz, Bob Moses, Ingrid Jensen, Magnus Broo, Vincent Courtois and Ron McClure. His compositions have been honoured internationally, taking first prizes in the American “Julius Hemphill Composition Awards” and in the Italian “Scrivere in Jazz”. He also works as a part-time teacher at the jazz department of the Sibelius Academy.

Photo by Ralf Dombrowski