Kari Ikonen

Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: August 26, 1973    

Kari Ikonen

Kari Ikonen (b.1973) has studied piano and composition at the Sibelius-Academy Jazz Department, from where he got a Master of Music degree in 2001. He has also studied at the Jyväskylä Music Institute and the Rotterdam Conservatory in Holland. His main instruments are piano, Fender Rhodes electric piano and analogue Moog synthesizer. In addition to his own trio and his sextet Karikko he plays in the jazz-folk ensemble Ahava, the electro-acoustic improvisation trio Gnomus, the art-pop/world/jazz trio SLO Motive, and jazz groups Kolhoz and Markus Holkko Quartet, performing frequently in Finland and abroad...
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-First prize at the "Scrivere in Jazz" composition contest in Sassari, Italy 2002. -First prize at Jazz Composers Alliance/Julius Hemphill Composition Awards, USA 2000. -"Jazz-Emma" - Prize (Finland's Grammy) for the best jazz-cd of 2001.
“Ikonen has an original approach (…) his work here that suggests the Ozella label have discovered a pianist of considerable potential.” -Stuart Nicholson, JazzWise (UK) June 2013

“Inventive, spright and clever, Bright is not just a good Nordic jazz record, it’s world-class good.” -Something Else Reviews (USA)

“Mit seiner aus jeder Note berstenden Lust aufs Zusammenspiel, durch eine besondere Klangschönheit und Harmoniefülle (…) erzeugt eine CD wie ,,Bright” schon vom ersten Ton an Aufmerksamkeit.” -Jazzthing (DE) April / Mai 2013

”With The Helsinski Suite, Ikonen has created once again his own perspectives of, or reactions to, or elaborations upon, various genres. At the same time, he has set up opportunities for the members of Karikko to personalize his music through exceptional individual performances as well.” -Cadence (USA)

”I'm impressed. Ikonen’s overall vision is powerful and unique. This recording (The Helsinski Suite), to my ears is exquisite, mysterious, mystical, sensitive, strange, funny, subtle, reflective and beautifully played with each musician displaying great tone and feeling at the highest level. Bravo!!” -Bob Moses

“The Helsinski Suite er noe av det fineste jeg har hørt på plate på veldig lenge!” -Jazznytt (Norway) 4/2011

”The combination of cello, trumpet and flute was an unusual but inspired choice, and it gave Karikko a sound all its own.” -All About Jazz (USA) 4/2011

“Kari Ikonen Trio sounds like a jazz trio at its best.” -Finnish Music Quarterly

“Karikko provided the very challenge we hope to get from jazz, and matched the austerity of the music with a new, utterly distinct kind of beauty.” -Rochester City Newspaper (USA) 2009

”Ikonen has defined a fertile space of his own, and Karikko eloquently expresses it with him.” -All About Jazz, 2003

  • Bright

    Seventh String Music
  • Karikko

    Fiasko Records
  • Karikko

    Seventh String Music

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Multiple Reviews

Kari Ikonen: Bright and The Helsinki Suite

Nordic Sounds

Karikko: Variations on a Theme

CD/LP/Track Review

Karikko by Matthew Wuethrich

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