★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Helsingin Sanomat (FI)
"Un Magistral Album" Radio France FIP (FR)
"An exceptional album—even his best so far.” Best Of Jazz (UK)
NEW SINGLE taken from the upcoming HYPERREAL album
with Verneri Pohjola on trumpet & Robert Ikiz on drums!
The album released on July 14 2023 on Edition Records
Hyperreal is the new album from the Finnish pianist, composer and keyboardist Aki Rissanen. As longtime Edition Artist, he has released a series of highly acclaimed trio albums and more recently solo piano album ‘Divided Horizon’ since joining the label in 2015.
With Hyperreal, he has shifted gears, with drummer Robert Ikiz and long term collaborator, trumpeter Verneri Pohjola, seeing Aki switch between piano and electronic keyboards. The sound is deep, rounded and produced, and glistens with Verneri Pohjola’s emotive and poignant trumpet sound.
Hyperreal is an album about change, about recognising the importance of being, of being aware, of renewal and letting go, as Aki explains: “There’s a change to something new and yet unknown. With the rapid transformation of reality to the AI generated virtual reality or hyperreality, we have to be aware and adapt to these things and distinguish between what is real and unreal”. With an empathetically delivered and unified performance, Aki has produced an album testament of his brilliance as a composer, keyboardist and improviser. Hyperreal is an album that will see his audience grow significantly and lead him to new places, (in whichever reality they exist in)