Some news about the past & the future

I know, I haven’t been too active posting news here… Many nice things have happened: In the summer I played a couple of concerts in Europe with my dear old trio, first time since Feb 2020… felt so good! Some very nice festivals here and there also with Quartet Ajaton, John Hollenbeck Quartet, Iceland’s Liberation Orchestra etc… and in the autumn had some very nice tours – in Finland, Estonia and Hungary with Quartet Ajaton, in Belgium with Orchestra Nazionale della Luna, and a fabulous solo tour in Japan and Australia, following a couple of inspiring gigs in Finland with Jeff Denson and Gerald Cleaver.

Jesse Passennier’s album “Fight for Light” was recently released… including a piano concerto he wrote for me! It was recorded a year ago in Alicante with the great ADDA Simfònica and maestro Josep Vicent !!! More info here.

Future activities Dec-May include concerts and a recordings with Ara Yaralyan’s new band and Vilkka Wahl’s KAIHO ensemble, a concert at Global Fest with our new exciting band Wishamalii, a few gigs with Quartet Ajaton, a vey special new duo with Australian bassist/singer Helen Svoboda at Iisalmi Jazz Festival, rehearsing new music for our 3rd album with Orchestra Nazionale della Luna, and a tour in Finland with my new Quartet Al-Qantara: Kheir-eddine M’Kachiche, Anders Jormin and Markku Ounaskari !!! And another super exciting new duo with extraordinary Belgian saxophonist Fabrizio Cassol… so much great things to look forward, and to compose & practise for. Happy times ahead!

Flight-free Zero-CO₂ European Solo Piano Tour !!!

Wed 20.4. Jõgeva, Cultural Center (EE)

Thu 21.4. Abja, Kultuurimaja (EE)

Sun 24.4. Berlin, B-Flat-Berlin, w. special guest Claudio Puntin (DE)

(April 28 & 29 participating in jazzahead! Trade Fair in Bremen)

Sat 30.4. Krefeld, Burg Linn, International Day of Jazz (DE)

Wed 4.5. Lyon, Le Périscope, w. special guest Louis Sclavis (FR)

Thu 5.5. Avignon, Ajmi (FR)

Sun 8.5. House concert in Vannes (FR)

Tue 10.5. Strasbourg, Jazzdor (FR)

Fri 13.5. München, Jazzclub Unterfahrt (DE)

Sat 14.5. Bielefeld, Bunker Ulmenwall (DE)

Sun 15.5. Heidelberg, Enjoy Jazz (DE)

Wed 18.5. w. Daniel Sommer Quartet, Copenhagen, Christiania Jazz Club (DK)

Thu 19.5. Stockholm, Finlandsinstitutet, w. special guest Per “Texas” Johansson (SE)

Big thanks to Suomen Kulttuurirahasto for support, and to Toivo Tuberik , Vapaat äänet / Charles Gil and Ralph Gluch for their help in the booking.

Video by Antti Kujanpää. The low carbon emissions are compesated by istutapuita.fi

Plans / sights for 2022

Hope this year will be better than the 2 previous ones !!!

In Finland live music is forbidden again, but luckily elsewhere art & culture is more appreciated. Next solo concert is at the Kölner Philharmonie Sat, Feb 5, looking so much forward !!! And Orchestra Nazionale della Luna gets finally to Belgium, inchallah… this tour was cancelled & rebooked soooo many times already. In April-May I’ll do a long flight-free Low-CO₂ solo piano tour: St. Petersburg, Baltics, Poland, Germany, France, Denmark, Sweden… a lot of time in trains, all alone – I’m quite excited about that !!! Some interesting new collaborations coming up, some recordings too… I’ll tell more soon!

And I’m happy to see that my solo piano album has made it to “best of 2021” lists on three continents: Europe Jazz Media Chart, Australian Broadcasting Corporation and New York City Jazz Record !!!

My solo album is out in Finland !!!

Happy to tell that my solo piano album “Impressions, Improvisations & Compositions” has now been released in Finland by German label Ozella Music!

The international release was postponed again due to different corona-related issues, and will take place January 8, 2021 !!!

Also my concerts abroad seem very unsure for now… but at least i play a lot in Finland. The tour dates are here, welcome to the shows!

KIT goes to studio and tours Australia

Kari Ikonen Trio is going to studio Nilento in Gothenburg next month to record its 3rd album! It will be out in May 2018 on Ozella Music !!!
Upcoming concerts this fall:
Aug 31 Helsinki, Koko Jazz Club (Finland)
Sep 14 Gothenburg, Unity Jazz (Sweden)
Oct 31 Ballarat, Art Gallery (Australia)
Nov 1 Canberra, The Finnish Embassy (Australia)
Nov 2 Sydney, Venue 505 (Australia)
Nov 3 Wangaratta Jazz Festival (Australia)
Nov 4 Wangaratta Jazz Festival (Australia)
Nov 4 Melbourne, JazzLab (Australia)