Aki Rissanen Trio is one of the leading ensembles on the vibrant Finnish scene today. Studying classical piano early on has left a strong mark in the pianist's playing style. Add to that the open-minded young man's influences from electronic contemporary music, the end result is decidedly different from other piano trios. The shiny elegance of Teppo Mäkynen's and Antti Lötjönen's rhythm section, two Finland's most sought-after players, completes the sound of the experienced and hard-working trio.
Their acclaimed debut album Amorandom (Edition Records, UK 2016) collected many 5 star accolades and the prestigious and sought after Emma Award, The Finnish Grammy, for the best jazz album of the year. Their second album Another North (Edition Records, UK 2017) demonstrates massive progression, the music shines very brightly and not only confirms the trio's promise and right to command international attention, but does so with style, grace and elegance. It is a flamboyant and rhythmically intense album that explores new heights of rhythmic intensity, pulsating grooves and hypnotic loops. The trio set out to avoid complacency and not just produce another high quality album. They early on expressed the intention of following their own route with a project that marks them firmly down as a trio rooted in the wider European tradition. Aki Rissanen and his band of roving Finns have avoided the clichés of the 'Nordic' piano trio. The trio is reconceptualising what is possibly for the piano trio, what is possible for jazz from the Nordic countries, what is possible for European music. This is their Another North.
Aki Rissanen Trio is set to release their third album in September 2019 on Edition Records.