10th, Helsinki, Finland, G-Livelab (w. Mika Kallio & Joakim Berghäll)
23rd, Brooklyn (NY), ShapeShifter Lab (USA)*
26th, Rochester (NY), Rochester Jazz Festival (USA)*
29th, Washington DC, Nordic Jazz Week (USA)*
*(w. Bob Moses & Ole Mathisen)
”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.