Dreamer Joel Lyssarides
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Info for Dreamer
Joel Lyssarides is a multi-awarded Swedish jazz-musician. Starting to take piano lessons at the age of 4, Joel claims that one of his early inspirations to jazz was from hearing Charlie Parkers "Blue Bird." Only 25 years old, Joel already has a 10 year career behind him, and has toured and collaborated with artists such as Anne Sofie Von Otter, Dirty Loops, Benny Andersson, Nils Landgren and Silvana Imam. Over the years Joel has received a number of prominent awards. At the age of 21 he won the Jan Wallander award, which gave him a Steinway grand piano and access to a studio in central Stockholm. Joel has also been awarded by the Swedish Association of composers as well as been nominated for "Newcomer of the year" by the Swedish radio. In November of 2017 Joel recorded his debut album with fellow musicians Niklas Fernqvist on Upright bass and Rasmus Svensson Blixt on drums. The music is inspired by flamenco and americana but also reflects Joel's interest in romantic classical music, mainly drawing inspiration from the Russian composer Scriabin and the Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla. The album presents an intense and challenging music for the classic pianotrio-format.
Joel Lyssarides, piano
Niklas Fernqvist, bass
Rasmus Svensson, drums
was born in Stockholm, Sweden 1992. His early exposure to music at home led to piano studies at the age of four. His interest in jazz came naturally, as he started to discover and explore his parents’ record collection with music by Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Thelonius Monk and others.
At the age of sixteen Joel was accepted to the Södra Latin College of Music in Stockholm, which at the time was the first and natural choice for young, Swedish musicians aspiring to pursue a professional career in music. His interest in jazz and harmony grew under the inspired teaching of Robert Malmberg, who opened new approaches to harmonic thinking inspired by Herbie Hancock and Bill Evans.
At the age of eighteen Joel was accepted to the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, where Professor Ove Lundin was his teacher and mentor for three years. Ove took over where Robert Malmberg had stopped and continued to encourage Joel’s interest in harmony. This also included the discovery of classical composers such as Brahms, Scriabin, Rachmaninoff and Ravel.
During his last year at the Academy Joel spent a period in Rome at the Conservatorie Di Santa Cecilia. Here he studied the art of orchestration with a focus on string writing for orchestra under the guidance of the renowned Italian composer Antonio Di Pofi.
While still in Italy, it came to Joel’s attention that the Swedish bank, Handelsbanken, had issued a competion for all Swedish jazz piano students. The first prize was a brand new Steinway Grand Piano and access to a studio. Joel’s application included various performances of his own compositions as well as jazz standards. On March 26 2014, Joel received his prize instrument from Princess Christina Mrs Magnusons hand at a ceremony at Musikaliska in Stockholm,
In its citation the jury says: "A young musician whose playing is characterized by exquisite timbre feeling, subtle harmonies and vivid phrasing, for the benefit of innovation at the highest artistic level. With an imaginative musician-ship and an expression of an extraordinary kind, our prize winner creates a story filled with beautiful colours, beauty and a rare light."
Since graduation at the age of 21 Joel has been a sought-after pianist, session musician and arranger. He has played with a wide array of artists such as Anne Sofie Von Otter, Nils Landgren, Sven Bertil Taube, Silvana Imam, Dirty Loops, Norrbotten Big Band, Kristin Amparo and Svante Henrysson, as well as worked as an arranger for Benny Andersson (ABBA), various big bands, choirs and string quartets.
In November, 2017 Joel went into the studio to record his debut album along with his newly started trio consisting of Niklas Fernqvist on bass and Rasmus Blixt on drums. The music is a reflection of Joel’s background in classical music, jazz and Swedish folk Music.
This album contains no booklet.