Kari Ikonen Trio‘s Beauteous Tales and Offbeat Stories has been chosen for 10 different lists of the best albums of 2015 in various jazz media: Something Else! Reviews (USA), Marlbank 2015 Piano Trio Choice (UK), Music is Good (USA), VicTim of Jazz (RO), Kauppalehti, Jazzkeittiö, Etelä-Suomen Sanomat, Valon Kuvia, Jazzpossu, and Keskisuomalainen (FI) !!!
Orchestra Nazionale della Luna was in studio in November! Check the video teaser here.
Trio Toffa‘s debut album Positive is out now on Eclipse Music! Have a look at the video of “Ozin De” here !!!
”Kari Ikonen Trio grabbed the moment with an assured and highly imaginative display of contemporary piano trio aesthetics.” -Jon Newey, Jazzwise (UK)
Listen to samples here! The reviews have all been great, for example: ”This is a wholly original take on the improvising piano trio.” (****) -Jazz Journal (UK)
Marlbank lists five “state of the art” jazz piano trios of 2015 – KIT is one of them!
Beauteous Tales… was “Jazz-Album der Woche” at NDR in April and also one of the selected new albums at Europe Jazz Media Chart May 2015 !!! Read reviews at Press-section.
Bright is on JAZZTHETIK’s 2013 bestlist and on Something Else Reviews’ list for best albums of 2013!
”…vertiginous piano playing…” – Democrat & Chronicle (USA)
See the video: Kari Ikonen & Ra-Kalam Bob Moses @ ShapeShifter Lab, Brooklyn (NY) June 19, 2014.
“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)
Happy to announce: Kari Ikonen to receive the Yrjö Award for the Finnish jazz musician of 2013.