Ilkka Arola
Finnish trumpet player Ilkka Arola - photo by René Garmider Photgraphy
Finnish trumpet player Ilkka Arola - photo by René Garmider Photgraphy


Song from Ilkka Arola's debut album "From the Depths of the Earth" released in 2017
  • 1 Qalandia
  • 2 Nahiri (crashed)
  • 3 Shower of Rain
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  • country:Finland
  • style(s):Arabic, World Jazz
  • label:not signed
  • type:Band
  • gender:male
  • instrumentation:instrumental, electronic, percussion, visual, woodwind, brass, guitar
  • artist posted by:Ilkka Arola Sound Tagine

Line up

  • Eeti Nieminen (Drums)
  • Esko Grundström (Bass)
  • Ilkka Arola (Trumpet and flugelhorn)
  • Janne Halonen (Guitar)
  • Juuso Hannukainen (Percussion)
  • Max Zenger (Bass clarinet and baritone sax)


Ilkka Arola is a Finnish trumpet player who likes to explore music with open mind by mixing together everything he finds interesting. Arola believes in meaningful melodies, strong rhythms, interesting soundscapes and the power of live music. Due to Arola's background in jazz music mixed with recent influences from Middle-Eastern, African and Asian music traditions he has obtained a unique musical voice as a trumpet player and composer. Arola plays a special Quartertone trumpet which allows him to play Arabic maqams and other microtonal music.

Ilkka Arola released his first full length album “From the Depths of the Earth” in 2017, which has received very warm reception. Arola's live band consists of six musicians from the top of the Finnish rhythmic music scene. The band is currently working with material for the second album.