Aki Rissanen

pianist / composer / pedagogue
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Kuva/ Photo: Teemu Kuusimurto

biography

Pianist Aki Rissanen (b. 1980) has risen steadily among the top forces of Finnish jazz. Although originally classically trained, he has always had a heart for improvised music and jazz. His latest album Amorandom (Edition Records, 2016) with Aki Rissanen Trio was a critically acclaimed breakthrough that gained extensive recognition on the international jazz scene. Amorandom also won the Emma Award (Finnish Grammy) for Best Jazz Album of the Year 2016. In addition to his high merits in the Solo Piano Competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival and La Defense competition in France, Rissanen is also known for his works with saxophonist Dave Liebman on German Ozella Music and trumpeter Verneri Pohjola on British Edition Records and on ACT Music in Germany.

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Own albums

cover Beautiful Anxiety 2009 KSJAZZ
cover La Lumière noire 2007 Ilma Records
cover Aleatoric 2013 Eclipse Music
cover Semplice 2008 Alba Records