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Aki Rissanen Trio // CD-Release „Art in Motion“ (Edition Records)

Mittwoch 20. November 2019 - 20:30

Aki Rissanen – Piano
Antti Lötjönen – Bass
Teppo Mäkynen – Schlagzeug


© Dave Stapleton

Nachdem Aki im November 2015 mit Dave Liebman zu Gast war, kehrt er mit nun mit seinem Trio zurück.

Art in motion: ein Album, das den Einfluss europäischer Klassik mit elektronischen Tanzmusik verbindet, Letztere geprägt von ihrer eigenen Herangehensweise an Nordic Jazz. Die Musik ist ganzheitlich, vollständig geformt und vielfältig in ihrer Zusammensetzung, jedoch fokussiert und auf den Punkt gebracht. Das Trio weiß genau, welchen Sound es kreieren möchte…und zieht es voll durch! Der kollektive Sound des Trios wird mit jedem Album stärker. Die sich wiederholenden, hypnotischen Hooks, die Verschmelzung von Einflüssen ist unverkennbar und unbestreitbar „ihr“ Sound, ein Sound, den sie im Laufe der Jahre des Zusammenspiels kultiviert und entwickelt haben.

Art In Motion ist ein Wortspiel um das Aki Rissanen Trio (=A.R.T)  sowie um den Einfluss der  Kunstmusik aus dem Repertoire der europäischen klassischen Musik (es gibt eine Komposition des italienischen Renaissancekomponisten Carlo Gesualdo und eine Komposition des zeitgenössischen finnischen Komponisten) Einojuhani Rautavaara), während sich Akis Kompositionen auf Satie, Pergolesi, Bach, Ligeti und Strawinsky beziehen, um nur einige zu nennen.Und die Bewegung? „Wir sind eine rhythmisch-intensive Band, wir konzentrieren uns auf unser Zusammenspiel und die Fortführung der nordischen Tradition, so wie wir sie sehen. Wir sind als Jazzmusiker in ständiger Bewegung, weil unsere Kunstform nie stillsteht.“ (Aki Rissanen)

Art In Motion ist am 13. September 2019 auf Edition Records erschienen.

http://akirissanen.com/


Art In Motion is the third album from Finnish pianist Aki Rissanen and his long standing trio with bassist Antti Lötjönen and drummer Teppo Mäkynen . And it’s sublime! An album that binds European Classical Music influence with an Electronic Dance music aesthetic, framed by their own approach to Noridc Jazz. The trio is the complete package! The music is whole, fully formed and diverse in its makeup yet focussed and to the point. They know what sound they want to create and wow do they pull it off! The trio’s collective sound grows stronger with each album; the repetitive, hypnotic hooks, the fusion of influences is unmistakable and undeniably ‘their’ sound, a sound they have cultivated and developed over the years of playing together.
As Aki Explains: “Definitely the trio has been growing together during the last years. We have been touring actively and that really has helped us to communicate on a profound level and find our own voice as a trio, album after album.”
Art In Motion, is a word play around the initials of Aki Rissanen Trio – A.R.T as well as the influence of art music from the repertoire of the European classical music (there is a composition by Italian Renaissance composer Carlo Gesualdo and one by contemporary Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara), whilst Aki’s compositions refer to Satie, Pergolesi, Bach, Ligeti and Stravinsky, to name a few. And the motion? “We are a rhythmically intense band focusing on our interplay, continuing the Nordic tradition as we see it. We, as jazz musicians, are in constant motion because our form of art doesn’t ever stand still.”
Aki continues: “We explore the roots of the current European jazz music from the outskirts of Europe, with our perspective as Finnish artists with Nordic, Slavic and Western European heritage”. It would be easy, and lazy, to attribute those intricate left hand passages, blended with the warmth and rounded sound of Antti’s bass and subtle groove of Teppo, to the Esbjorn Svensson Trio; or the intricate phrasing and classical influences to Mehldau. But this is music that bares comparison with noone. The trio have created music that is their own, and they are fast becoming one of the great piano trios in their own right.
Both Classical and Electronic music strongly influenced Aki’s playing and writing from day one. He studied classical music repertoire for acoustic piano formally for 12 years, but always alongside his love for electronic music and gear. Tellingly his parents bought his first acoustic piano and synthesiser at the same time, and Aki has taken inspiration from these early days in his composing. “When I started to gather and compose the music for the new album i found myself noodling around tunes, moods and hooks I had been absorbing when I was young.”
Perhaps it’s this blending of influences, classical and electronic, and the juxtaposition of the refined, highly skilled work of the trio alongside the naivety and openness of youth that gives Art In Motion its warm, uplifting and totally infectious vibe. It’s a record that will continue to entrance after multiple listens.

http://akirissanen.com/