”I’m impressed. Ikonen’s overall vision is powerful and unique.” -Ra-Kalam Bob Moses
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) !!!
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.
Watch a video about the recording of Kari Ikonen Trio’s Beauteous Tales and Offbeat Stories.
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 !!!
“Kari Ikonen shows a sparkle and gently questing spirit that engages the listener” -Stuart Nicholson, Jazzwise (UK)
”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, pianist, keyboardist and composer Kari Ikonen (b.1973) is one of Finland’s most prominent jazz musicians. He is perhaps best known for his own trio and for his international sextet Karikko, as well as for his writing for various ensembles, such as the UMO Jazz Orchestra. He has played with the likes of Lee Konitz, Bob Moses, Ingrid Jensen, Magnus Broo, Vincent Courtois and Ron McClure. His compositions have been honoured internationally, taking first prize in the Julius Hemphill Composition Awards (USA) and in the Italian Scrivere in Jazz.