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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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Awards

-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.
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    Bright

    Seventh String Music
    2013
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    Karikko

    Fiasko Records
    2002
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    Karikko

    Seventh String Music
    2001

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“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...

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Primary InstrumentPiano

LocationHELSINKI, 00150

Willing to teachAdvanced students only.

Piano, Rhodes Mark V 73, Mark II 88, Moog Rogue, Korg PolySix etc.
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