Born in Laitila, Finland, Kari started studying classical piano at the age of 7. At the age of 12, he got his first guitar, and since then started to concentrate on playing guitar. Kari was autodidact until the age of 23, when he entered in Pop/Jazz Conservatory in Helsinki, Finland.  Later Kari continued on a degree program of pop/jazz music pedagogue in Stadia, Helsinki, Finland. In Stadia Kari studied with a well-known Finnish jazz guitar player Pekka Luukka.


In 2003 Kari moved to Belgium and studied jazz guitar with famous Belgium Jazz players Peter Hertmans and Philip Catherine. 2006 Kari graduated cum laude from Royal Conservatory of Gent as a master of jazz music. Kari has also followed master classes for example with Jim Hall, Ben Monder and Michael Brecker. Kari has been also in New York many times after his Master Degree and has had opportunity to study with very many leading contemporary top jazz guitarists. For example: Jonathan Kreisberg, Lage Lund, Mike Moreno and Gilad Hekselman, to name a few...


Kari has worked with many top Finnish jazz musicians, for example Manuel Dunkel,  Jaska Lukkarinen, Alexi Tuomarila, Lasse Lindgren, Ville Herrala, Eerik Siikasaari,  Aili Ikonen, Esa Pethman, Toni Porthen and Ville Pynssi to name a few.


In Belgium Kari has performed as sideman with some top commercial names and, such as Lee Towers, Ben Cramer,Sandra Kim and has performed several concerts for example in Paris Olympia, France.


In Belgium Kari has also had opportunity to work with  many jazz top names, for example Peter Hertmans, Hans Van Oost, Kris Duerinckx, Bart Van Caenegem, Sal La Rocca, Jan De Haas, Marc Godfroid, Bruno Castellucci, Bart De Nolf, Jos Machtel, Steven Delannoye,Toni Vitacolonna...


Kari has also performed in Denmark, France, Switzerland, Austria, UK and Italy in different occasions.


Kari has also played with many New York based international younger generation jazz names: For example Downbeat magazine Award winner saxophonist Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, Victor Assis saxophone competition winner Livio Almeida from Brazil and many others like Eduardo Belo, Hironori Momoi, Lars Ekman, Alberto Pibiri, Tuomo Uusitalo...


Kari has performed in many important Jazz Festivals in Belgium and Finland for example Gent Jazz Festival, Jazzlabseries, Jazzenede, Pori Jazz, Turku Jazz, Ylläs Jazz and Rauma Jazz to name a few.



Andy Declerck & Kari Antila Group released CD called "1000 Miles Away" in spring 2007. Cd has got some nice reviews in Belgium and Finland. The French Radio in Belgium writed: "The nice spring "jazz-jazz" surprise in Belgium is the release of the first album by saxophonist Andy Declerck and guitarist Kari Antila, sharing a quartet with bassist Wim Ramon and drummer Toon Van Dionant. The latter could very well be the Jan De Haas of his generation. Mainstream modern jazz is the topic here, with well rounded-out compositions, spiced with to the point soli. The pleasant tenor sonority of Andy Declerck is well ahead his years, and Kari Antila displays some well-delivered methenesque spirit." (Philippe Baron, RTBF,2007)



Kari Antila " The North Wind" CD 2013 was the real breakthrough album in Kari's career, recorded with some of the alltime best jazz musicians from Finland: Alexi Tuomarila pno, Manuel Dunkel sax, Jaska Lukkarinen drs and Ville Herrala bs. This album has received praising reviews in international jazz press for example: UK, Belgium, Finland... Jazzwise UK  gave nice review with 3 stars ( www.jazzwise.com ) and writes in the review: “Finnish rising star guitarist-composer Kari Antila leads a classy quintet including ECM pianist Alexi Tuomarila, tastefully shifting between good-time fusion and contemporary hard bop" !


In Belgium Kari has performed as sideman with some top commercial names and, such as Lee Towers, Ben Cramer,Sandra Kim and has performed several concerts for example in Paris Olympia, France.




Kari has also performed in Denmark, France, Switzerland, Austria, UK and Italy in different occasions.




























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