Photo by Rosa Särkkä, 2021.
Odotan et sä meet, 2021.


Ilja Karsikas (solo)


I have a kind of a side career as a self-made singer-songwriter. My first solo album, children’s music record Sintti Silmusuu was based on "Sintti Silmusuu tahtoo oppia lukemaan" book and it was released in 2010.

My first solo single for over 10 years is out now. The song is called ”Odotan et sä meet” and you can listen it below or in Spotify / YouTube. Next single "Yksisarvinen" (Unicorn) is be based on my forthcoming picture book with the same title. Both will be out in February 2022.

Listen to the songs in Spotify or in other streaming services.





Cover painting by Satu Rautiainen, 2021.

Cover illustration by Maria Sann, 2021.


Marian valinta


I started my Marian valinta music project in 1999. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of my adventures in musical history I re-released the essential selection of my old Marian valinta songs.

The songs are available in Spotify and in the other streaming platforms.

The beautiful cover art for the re-issues are made by painter Satu Rautiainen, illustrator Maria Sann and graphic designer Laura Savioja. I designed all the other visual things and layouts. Remastered by master wizard Jarno Alho

I’m so greatful that you made this possible! Big hugs for all of you!



Hullu lintu, cover by Ilja Karsikas, 2020.

Jalokiviä, cover by Ilja Karsikas, 2021.


Vino puu


Vino puu is a band and an artist group where I work as an illustrator, musician and singer-songwriter.

New singles Hullu lintu, Hämärä vuodenaika, Yön selkään and Jalokiviä are out and available in Spotify, YouTube, Tidal etc.

See some more pics in Vino puu page.