Aili Ikonen is a versatile vocalist living in Helsinki, Finland. Aili is moving fluently across the diverse field of jazz, folk and pop. She has been touring over Europe and Finland, performing in various venues from significant jazz festivals to TV-shows and has been featured as a soloist for i.a. UMO Jazz Orchestra and Norrbotten Big Band.
Aili leads her own group Aili Ikonen Ensemble which gave it´s first performance in november 2011 in the new Helsinki Music Centre. In addition to Aili Ikonen Ensemble, she works as a singer and writes music to Kvalda, Hereä and Korpi Ensemble. She is also performing with Aili Ikonen & Tribute to Ella, HERD-trio and Panu Savolainen Proprius. “Aili Ikonen & Tribute to Ella” -debut album released in april 2013 has received great reviews all over Finland.
Aili received the first prize at the inter-Scandinavian Young Nordic Jazz Comets contest in 2004 with jazz quartet Kvalda. In 2009 Ikonen performed one of the main roles in a contemporary virtual opera “Lovers of mankind” which brought together jazz elements and modern classical music. In december 2010 she toured with vocal group Rajaton, substituting soprano Essi Wuorela. In 2010 Aili and UMO Jazz Orchestra performed “Into the Woodland silence”, a composition by Outi Tarkiainen tailored specially for Aili ´s voice. In 2011 she toured with Norrbotten Big Band in Sweden and performed in the opening concert of the Helsinki Music Center together with the jazz trio HERD.
‘Basically the best vocalist we’ve had by a fair amount’, is how my notes read,
no small thing given the much-promoted appearances of [Mari] Boine and
[Hanne] Hukkelberg.” (AllAboutJazz.com @ Varangerfestivalen 2007 / Mark
It´s in vain trying to find an equivalent talent inside Finland´s borders.”
(Savon Sanomat April 4th 2013)
”As a vocal ´instrumental´ improviser Ikonen is the number one in Finland.”
(Keskisuomalainen / Pentti Ronkainen on March 11th 2011)
”The talented vocal soloist, Aili Ikonen, had thoroughly flawless scat
technique, and blended naturally into the harmonies.” (Lapin Kansa / Marko
Niemelä on September 10th 2011)