Pianist Kari Ikonen (b. 1973) is one of the most distinguished jazzmusicians in Finland. He is known best from his multi-cultural Karikko Sextet and from the co-operation with many top groups and musicians, such as UMO, Ingrid Jensen, Bob Moses, Magnus Broo and Ron McClure. Ikonen is widely acknowledged from his compositions and he has been awarded in many internationally distinguished compositions, i.a. in Julius Hemphill Composition Awards (USA) and Scrivere in Jazz Composition Contest (Italy).