”I’m impressed. Ikonen’s overall vision is powerful and unique.” -Bob Moses
Happy to announce: Kari Ikonen to receive the acclaimed Yrjö Award for the Finnish jazz musician of the year !!! Read more at jazzfinland.fi
New CD&LP – Kari Ikonen Trio: Bright (Ozella) was just released! Listen to samples at Soundcloud
“Ikonen has an original approach (…) his work here that suggests the Ozella label have discovered a pianist of considerable potential.” -Stuart Nicholson, 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)
“Inventive, spright and clever, Bright is not just a good Nordic jazz record, it’s world-class good.” -Something Else Reviews (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 Ingrid Jensen, Bob Moses, 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.