ABOUT

IKI is boiling intuition and EXPLODING improvisation! It evolves and transforms singing, and brings it into new, uncharted territories.

IKI is an improvising vocal ensemble consisting of eight female vocalists from Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland, based in Copenhagen, Denmark. The band came together in 2009 and has since then appeared on Nordic national TV and radio, and their curious and intuitive approach to music has brought them to concert venues and festivals in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Iceland.

The ensemble works with a philosophy of being present and composing music on the spot. It is in an ongoing exploration of the human voice with its many facets and sounds. Musically IKI takes influences from different genres such as modern jazz, classical compositions, pop, folk and avant-garde. The young women’s deep Nordic roots shine through every aspect of their music, and could be described as Björk meets CocoRosie and Arvo Pärt.

They released their debut album in 2011, for which they won a Danish Music Award for «Best Vocal Jazz Album of the Year». Their second album will be released in the fall of 2014.

PROFILES
PROFILES
Anna Mose

Anna Mose

Anna Mose

When our rhythms, sounds and harmonies create magic I forget every worry I have in life. Singing in IKI is truly a healing experience

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Mia Marlen Berg

Mia Marlen Berg

Mia Marlen

IKI is for me a space for musical freedom; constantly changing and inspiring, and never ending story making. It’s a safe place for creativity and personal development. IKI spreads a musical connection between people: not only between each other, but through our audience and with the power of music, throughout the world!

     facebook.com/miamarlenberg

Mette Skou

Mette Skou

Mette

For me IKI is a synonym for the rhythm of my life.

www.metteskou.com

Kamilla Kovacs

Kamilla Kovacs

Kamilla

Every time we sing together I feel better on the inside afterwards – it is liberating and it gives me energy and opens up the world.

www.kamillakovacs.dk

Guro Tveitnes

Guro Tveitnes

Guro

There is this sense of adrenalin rush and euphoria when you discover something new in IKI (and in free improvisation in general). It’s an addicting feeling, and once you’ve felt it and been in the flow that leads to it, it will linger with you for a long time – possibly forever.

soundcloud.com/guro-tveitnes

Johanna Sulkunen

Johanna Sulkunen

Johanna

IKI gives constant inspiration by questioning, challenging and making music together. At times we reach the collective emotional core and catch the moment – like 8 voices being one.

www.johannaelina.com

Sofie Holm

Sofie Holm

Sofie Holm

IKI is the essence of the moment – pure euphoria and an ongoing exploration with room for all sorts of musical colors. It’s like flowing into a limitless space, embracing and expressing both the brightest and the darkest matters of life. It’s a kick.

www.sofieholm.com

Anna María Björnsdottír

Anna María Brjörnsdottír

Anna Maria

The magic that happens when everyone is present and the music kind of takes over by itself, that gives me a kick. Never knowing what is going to happen keeps it exciting every time.

www.annamaria.is

Artistic
Collaborations

IKI works across different art forms, and collaborates with performers and artists in the fields of music, art, dance, film, theatre and poetry. Every collaboration brings out something new and allows for mapping out uncharted territory.

Nicolaj Stochholm
Nicolaj Stochholm & IKI is a meeting between poetry and improvisation, the feminine and the masculine, the angelic and the chaotic. The poet and IKI will play their first concert at the CPH Jazz Festival 2014.
Link: TBA
IKI-DADA
IKI and dancers from The Danish National School of Performing Arts. An exploration in improvised movement and music.
Link: Performance from Vildskud Festival
Jørgen Leth
IKI collaborated with Jørgen Leth as a part of the jazz’n’poetry record «Ti». The collaboration resulted in the song «Fra Samme Tid».
Link: Fra Samme Tid
You’re Not Wrong
IKI & You’re Not Wrong explores the connection between the musical and the visual, letting the visual artists become the 9th member of IKI.
Link: IKI feat. You’re Not Wrong
Hilmar Jensson
The Icelandic guitarist Hilmar Jensson collaborated with IKI on their forthcoming second album, and became an essential part of the recording.
Link: TBA
Film music in the Making
In 2013 IKI was chosen to participate in the documentary “Film Music in the Making”, working with director Johan Knattrup Jensen. The documentary was broadcasted on Danish National TV and the film festival CPH:PIX.
Link: Documentary
Koichi Makigami
In 2011 IKI collaborated with the Japanese vocal artist Koichi Makigami on a live studio concert in The Village Recording studio.

Projects
PROJECTS
Nicolaj Stochholm
Nicolaj Stochholm & IKI is a meeting between poetry and improvisation, the feminine and the masculine, the angelic and the chaotic. The poet and IKI will play their first concert at the CPH Jazz Festival 2014.
Link: TBA
IKI-DADA
IKI and dancers from The Danish National School of Performing Arts. An exploration in improvised movement and music.
Link: Performance from Vildskud Festival
Jørgen Leth
IKI collaborated with Jørgen Leth as a part of the jazz’n’poetry record «Ti». The collaboration resulted in the song «Fra Samme Tid».
Link: Fra Samme Tid
You’re Not Wrong
IKI & You’re Not Wrong explores the connection between the musical and the visual, letting the visual artists become the 9th member of IKI.
Link: IKI feat. You’re Not Wrong
Hilmar Jensson
The Icelandic guitarist Hilmar Jensson collaborated with IKI on their forthcoming second album, and became an essential part of the recording.
Link: TBA
Film music in the Making
In 2013 IKI was chosen to participate in the documentary “Film Music in the Making”, working with director Johan Knattrup Jensen. The documentary was broadcasted on Danish National TV and the film festival CPH:PIX.
Link: Documentary
Koichi Makigami
In 2011 IKI collaborated with the Japanese vocal artist Koichi Makigami on a live studio concert in The Village Recording studio.
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Best Vocal Jazz Release of the Year Danish Music Awards 2011

WORKSHOP

Would you like to experience free vocal improvisation for yourself, are you interested in creating a different and creative day for your employees, or would you like your choir or students to experience the art of composing music on the spot?

The IKI workshop is an invitation into a musical universe, where you can explore your voice through vocal improvisation. It is a universe where your own creativity is the limit of where the music can take us. You will learn tools on how to create music on the spot in interaction with other people.

IKI offers workshops in the field of free vocal improvisation for both amateurs and professionals.
Each workshop has a certain focus eg:

  • how to connect the mind, the body and the voice through musical expressions
  • what tools to use in the field of vocal improvisation
  • how to optimize musical flow and creativity
  • how to combine individuality with collaborations and interaction with others
  • how to be present in the music and trust your instinctive musical ideas
  • how to lift the musical communication to a higher level

Customized workshops:
If you would like for IKI to work with specific musical themes or cover certain areas, we also offers customized workshops.
Please contact info@ikivocal.com with any request.
We teach workshops in Danish, English, Icelandic, Finnish and Norwegian!

workshop

workshop

Workshop testimonials:
«This weekend I had the pleasure of witnessing a fantastic process, when three singers from IKI, Guro Tveitnes, Anna María Björnsdóttir and Sofie Holm, made a terrific workshop for the students of Stormstrøms Talent Academy for Rhythmic and Folk Music. In the beginning it was a challenge for most of the students just to sing, but with great empathy and confidence the three IKIs succeeded in inspiring all of the students to give themselves to improvisation. Imagine if every young person could get an experience like that!»
- Alexander Kraglund, musician and coordinator for Storstrøms Talent Academy for Rhythmic and Folk Music


«A warm thank you. I can feel that after the workshop there has been a change in my energy, as if it’s been set free. It means a lot to get a place to sing, make sounds and be acknowledged for it.»
- A former student and workshop participant

«It was extremely educational, and it’s been a long time since I’ve been that concentrated and involved with something. A really great workshop, very exciting. Sofie and Anna are very competent teachers, which I feel creates an open and comfortable environment, where the workshop participants can relax and let go – which has to be the ultimate condition in order to learn something. The way we worked with body, voice and improvisation has given me a lot of energy and courage to try out similar things myself. In the time after I’ve clearly felt that I’ve had an eyeopener for what you can do with your own voice, and how much you can create together with other voices – entirely improvised.»
- Lea Preisler, former workshop participant

CALENDAR
Date Artist City Venue Country
08/08/14 IKI Vadsø Varangerfestivalen Norway
Time: 5:00pm.
Tour: Danish Delight
09/04/14 IKI Utrecht Tivoli Vredenburg Netherlands
Time: 8:30pm. More information
09/05/14 IKI Brussels Flagey Belgium
Time: 8:15pm. Buy Tickets More information
09/07/14 IKI Groningen De Oosterpoort Netherlands
Time: 8:30pm. Buy Tickets More information
11/13/14 IKI Hamburg Danish Vibes Showcase, Mojo Germany
Time: 7:00pm. More information

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Past shows
Date Artist City Venue Country
Tour: Copenhagen Jazz Festival
07/12/14 IKI København N Koncertkirken Denmark
Time: 10:00pm. Address: Blågårds Plads 6 A. More information
07/11/14 IKI København K Sort/Hvid Denmark
Time: 9:00pm. Address: Skindergade 3. Feat. Mia Dyberg
07/11/14 IKI København K Dome of Visions – Danish Vibes Showcase Denmark
Time: 12:45pm. Address: Søren Kierkegaards Plads.
07/08/14 IKI København Ø Sankt Jakobs Kirke Denmark
Time: 4:00pm. Address: Østerbrogade 59. More information
07/06/14 IKI & Nicolaj Stochholm København K Planeten – Huset i Magstræde Denmark
Time: 6:30pm. More information
07/05/14 IKI København K Planeten – Huset i Magstræde Denmark
Time: 10:00pm. Feat. Mia Dyberg More information
05/10/14 IKI Berlin Donau115 Germany
05/09/14 IKI Berlin Poropati Germany
Time: 8:30pm. Address: Weserstr. 79.
05/09/14 IKI Berlin Poropati Germany
Time: 8:30pm. Address: Weserstr. 79. More information
05/07/14 IKI Greifswald Nordischer Klang Germany
Time: 7:00pm.
01/14/14 IKI Frederiksberg Metronomen Denmark
11/30/13 IKI Göteborg Nefertiti Jazzclub Sweden
Time: 7:00pm.
11/28/13 IKI København Republikken Denmark
10/11/13 IKI København Botanisk Have Denmark
Address: http://botanik.snm.ku.dk. Kulturnatten 2013 More information

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CONTACT
  • Contact us: info@ikivocal.com
  • Booking: booking@ikivocal.com
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