Kari Ikonen – piano // Olli Rantala – bass // Markku Ounaskari – drums
”Kari Ikonen Trio achieve an ensemble sound that is fresh, subtle, and tickled by gentle surprises.” -Joe Woodard, DownBeat (USA)
“Kari Ikonen shows a sparkle and gently questing spirit that engages the listener (…) an aesthetically satisfying album” (****) -Stuart Nicholson, Jazzwise (UK)
The Finnish Kari Ikonen Trio has been active since 2012. Its two albums ”Bright” and “Beauteous Tales and Offbeat Stories” on German label Ozella have gained a lot of international success, making the band busy playing at clubs and festivals all over Europe, and in Japan, South-Korea, Russia, Turkey, Australia and the USA. KIT’s third album Wind, Frost & Radiation will be released April 27, 2018 by Ozella Music!
Besides of the trio, the pianist-moogist-composer Kari Ikonen (b.1973) is currently active with several other bands like Orchestra Nazionale della Luna, Quartet Ajaton and Trio Toffa – and different projects with Louis Sclavis, Bob Moses, Tom Arthurs, Ingrid Jensen, Jeff Denson, Vincent Courtois and Juhani Aaltonen. Ikonen has won several international awards for his compositions, and in 2013 he received the Yrjö Award as the Finnish Jazz Musician of the Year. Bassist Olli Rantala (b. 1981) studied at Gothenburg University with the master Anders Jormin. Today he is an essential part of the Swedish jazz and world music scene. He plays in KIT since 2016. ECM recording artist, Markku Ounaskari (b.1967) is known for his work with Jarmo Savolainen, Pekka Pohjola. Today he plays regularly with artists such as Per Jørgensen, Anders Jormin, Arve Henriksen, Trygve Seim and Raoul Björkenheim. Markku got the Yrjö award in 2014.