Songs by jazz singer Aili Ikonen premiered with a symphonic ensemble on 23 April
The online concert is conducted by Jaakko Kuusisto
The Kuopio Symphony Orchestra’s online concert Aili Ikonen on Friday 23 April, 2021 at 7 pm represents a luminous Finnish jazz singer-songwriter, Aili Ikonen, and her jazz trio. Aili’s song collection from her recent albums will now be premiered with a symphonic ensemble. The concert recorded recently at the Kuopio Music Centre Concert Hall is conducted by Jaakko Kuusisto.
Singer, composer and lyricist Aili Ikonen is one of the most in-demand jazz vocalists in Finland. In this concert Aili Ikonen will perform her own songs from her recent albums as well as a few carefully chosen pieces from other Finnish song composers. The songs have now been arranged for a symphonic ensemble by Finnish frontline musicians & arrangers such as Jaakko Kuusisto, Mikko Hassinen, Mikko Pellinen and Teemu Takanen and will now be performed for the first time with a symphony orchestra. Aili’s jazz trio Tuomas J. Turunen / piano, Mikko Pellinen / bass ja Mikko Arlin / drums will join her and the musicians of the Kuopio Symphony on stage.
Aili Ikonen has already had an exceptionally extensive career including three solo albums, impressive big band productions, Ella Fitzgerald interpretations as well as TV performances. She is acclaimed for her expressive and sensitive, yet powerful, interpretations. Aili has performed alongside with several Finnish top artists and has also been featured as a soloist by many prestigious orchestras such as Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra. She is also a member of the vocal group Rajaton.
The online concert also includes a pre-recorded interview (spoken and subtitles in Finnish) with Aili Ikonen and conductor Jaakko Kuusisto by Katariina Kummala, the Director of the Kuopio Music Centre and the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra.
Duration of the concert is approximately 1 hour.
The livestream concert will be published on the KSO’s YouTube Channel and the KSO’s website. The concert is available at the KSO’s YouTube Channel until the end of the spring season 2021. The concert will be published on the 23rd of April in cooperation with Taustamarkkinat BGMT Oy.
KUOPIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Producer & Publicity Manager Elina Prepula, tel. 044 718 2364, elina.prepula(at)kuopio.fi
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