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Kari Ikonen - Impressions, Improvisations and Compositions [LP]


  • £19.87

Cat. no: OZ1097LP
Format: LP
Barcode: 4038952010972
Release Date: 8th January 2021
Genre: Jazz

This album could easily have turned top-heavy. After all, here’s a record which, in just under 40 minutes, covers anything from Arabic scales to Japanese sounds, from free jazz references to concepts by Finnish pianist Kari Ikonen’s favourite painter Vasiliy Kandinsky.

To realise his vision, Ikonen even personally developed a device allowing him to play micro-intervals on his piano. And yet, things turned out differently: If anything, the results sound dream-like and mesmerising rather than stodgy and severe.

The album’s genesis may serve to explain this paradox. In August of 2019, Ikonen suddenly found himself with a month of free time. Without thinking twice and as if in a premonition of the Covid-lock-down, he recorded ‘Impressions, Improvisations and Compositions’ at his own home. His only companion was his beloved Steinway, captured by a personal selection of high-end microphones. Just a few days after the final session, the pieces landed on the desk of ECM- and Blue-Note-engineer Johannes Lundberg who mixed the album at his Gothenburg Epideminstudios. Clearly then, the music is spontaneous. But it’s also refined and deep. The influence of Kandinsky inspired Ikonen to write some of his most complex and monumental pieces.

Tracks: Imprologue / Maqtu’ah On Maqam Rast / Pinocchio / Rausch / Taqsim On Maqam Saba / Blue / Violet / Koto / Oppressive / Three-Chord Blues / Trance Oriental / The Evergreen Earth

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