Kari Ikonen - piano and Moog synthesizer
Ra-kalam Bob Moses - drums
Ole Mathisen - saxophones & clarinets
IKONOSTASIS is a series of Kari Ikonen's musical images – both composed and improvised – featuring legendary American drummer Ra-Kalam Bob Moses and Norwegian saxophonist Ole Mathisen.
Ikonen’s new album on the same name, released this year by the respected German label Ozella, includes works for solo piano and solo moog, as well as different duos and trios with Bob Moses, French clarinet veteran Louis Sclavis, and Norwegian trumpeter Mathias Eick.
The 2013 Yrjö Award recipient as the Finnish Jazz Musician of the Year, pianist, moogist and composer Kari Ikonen is currently active also with his own trio and several other bands and projects like Orchestra Nazionale della Luna, Quartet Ajaton and Trio Toffa. He has worked with the likes of Lee Konitz, Ingrid Jensen, Majid Bekkas, Vincent Courtois and Ron McClure. Kari has performed in South Korea, Japan, USA, Armenia, Turkey, Russia and 25 European countries. His playing and/or compositions have been recorded for more than 40 albums, 6 of these on his own name. His compositions have been honoured internationally, taking first prizes in the American "Julius Hemphill Composition Awards" and in the Italian "Scrivere in Jazz". He also works as a part-time teacher at the jazz department of the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.