Outside his home country Sweden the name Joel Lyssarides is probably only know to some insiders of the jazz scene. However, the music of the 1992-born pianist, are already among the most listened-to in European jazz: In recent years, Joel Lyssarides' music has been played over 50 million times on the streaming service Spotify alone. Yet, there is no musical calculation behind this. “As happy as I am, that a lot of people apparently like my music so much that they want to hear it over and over again - the impulse for writing and playing always comes from within myself. Me and my piano, that's the center of my musical world.” And from this starting point, the journey goes in various directions: To the stages of jazz clubs and festivals, into the studio as an arranger for ABBA's Benny Anderson and on tours with classical, blues and pop artists.
Despite all his versatility, jazz was and is the core of Joel Lyssarides' work. The records of Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk and many others had been playing in his Swedish-Greek parents' house. The initial spark. Later came: Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Gonzalo Rubalcaba. And studies in Stockholm and Rome, soon followed by numerous national and international jazz prizes and awards.
For Joel Lyssarides, jazz is not a stylistic corset, but rather a language, a vocabulary, a way to create personal expression. Lyssarides lives in a remote house in the woods, a good half an hour outside Stockholm. He prefers to compose at night, in silence, without distraction. A state that is reflected in his music, which is strongly influenced by space, sound and mood. But right now, after a Covid-inflicted break of more than a year, Joel Lyssarides and his trio are more drawn to the "outside" than ever. Firstly, they will go in the studio to record their first ACT album, which will be released in early 2022. And then to the stages all over Europe to share their music with the audience not only virtually, but also “live and in color”.