AKI RISSANEN piano
ANTTI LÖTJÖNEN bass
TEPPO MÄKYNEN drums
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 influences with an electronic dance music aesthetic and framing it with a distinctive approach to Nordic Jazz. Warm, uplifting and infectious, Art In Motion will rocket Aki Rissanen’s profile to even greater heights.
1. Aeropeans 5:20 Aki Rissanen
2. Facts And Fiction 4:44 Teppo Mäkynen
3. Moro lasso al mio duolo 6:09 Carlo Gesualdo
4. Das Untemperierte Klavier 5:18 Aki Rissanen
5. Arborium 3:33 Aki Rissanen
6. Cantus Arcticus, Melancholy 6:29 Einojuhani Rautavaara
7. Seemingly Radical 6:32 Aki Rissanen
8. Love Song 3:57 Aki Rissanen
9. Alava Maa 4:33 Aki Rissanen
The music in this album is first and foremost about my long-lasting trio and how we have been growing together musically and personally in recent years. We have been making music actively both in the studio and on stage and that really has helped us to communicate on a profound level and find our own voice as a trio, album after album.
Both classical and electronic music strongly influenced my playing and writing from day one. I studied classical music repertoire for acoustic piano formally for 12 years, but always alongside my love for electronic music and gear. My parents bought my first acoustic piano and synthesiser at the same time, and I have been taken inspiration from these early days in my composing. When I started to gather and compose the music for the new album I found myself noodling around the tunes, moods and hooks I had been absorbing when I was young.
Art In Motion is a word play around the initials of Aki Rissanen Trio - A.R.T as well as referencing the influence of art music from the European repertoire. There is a cover by Italian Renaissance composer Carlo Gesualdo and one by contemporary Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara, whilst my compositions refer to Satie, Pergolesi, Bach, Ligeti and Stravinsky to name a few. 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.
And the motion? We are a rhythmically intense band inspired by the aesthetics of electronic dance music, focusing on our interplay and 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!
If European countries and citizens have come together around common values and ideals of peace and prosperity, it is the extraordinary diversity of their cultures and their music that makes Europe so rich. In a climate marked by the surge of nationalism, it is important to reemphasize it. As naive as it might sound, we can unite people through our music.
"Unity in diversity", the relevance of the European Union's motto is ever so actual.
released September 13, 2019
Recorded at Kallio-Kuninkala Studios, Järvenpää, Finland on 19th and 20th March 2019 by Mikko Raita
Assistant engineers Ilmari Apajalahti and Arttu Aalto
Mixed at Studio Kekkonen, Helsinki, Finland on 16th and 17th April 2019 by Mikko Raita
Mastered at Chartmakers West, Espoo, Finland on 21th May 2019 by Svante Forsbäck
Pianist Aki Rissanen has quickly risen to a position among the top pianists in Finnish Jazz. Although originally classically
trained he has always had a feeling for improvised music and jazz. Rissanen is known for his work with Verneri Pohjola and with Dave Liebman. He has released seven albums under his own name and is gaining a growing reputation on the European jazz scene....more
Yet another very delicious ride on the adventure that is Phronesis. Complex without losing musicality.
Only downside on this is the production has a rather irritating level boost at the quiet end of the tracks. Peter Jones