Warp! -group was founded in 2003 by keyboardist Aki Rissanen. Later on that year the band gained international attention by winning the Finnish trial of Young Nordic Jazz Comets competition. The group Warp! has an unusual line-up: vocals, keyboards and drums. The band plays mainly Aki Rissanen's compositions, which have moods from jazz to pop and contemporary classical music.
Recently, the Finland's most acclaimed young trumpeter, Verneri Pohjola has collaborated with the band. This group has performed in many festivals and toured Finland during the spring 2005 (Finnish Jazz Federation's tour)
The guest soloist VERNERI POHJOLA, is internationally best known as a leader of Ilmiliekki Quartet. Ilmiliekki won the first place in the Young Nordic Jazz Comets competition in 2002. That group was selected to be the "Young Artist" of Finland Festivals in 2004. Later on that year Verneri was nominated as the "Pori Jazz Artist of the Year". Ilmiliekki also got the appraised "Teosto" prize in 2004.
AKI RISSANEN is among the most gifted young pianists in Finland. Rissanen won the 2nd prize in the international Montreux Jazz Solo Pino Competition in 2004. He has performed all around Finland and Europe and at the moment he's studying in the Paris Conservatory. Recently, he has played with the acclaimed Umo Jazz Orchestra, Warp!, Aki Rissanen Trio (Aki's acoustic piano trio) and as a solo pianist.
Singer EEPPI URSIN is Finland's most promising young vocalist. She won the 1st place in the Lady Summertime- competition for jazz vocalists in 2001. She has released her own debut album also, called "Violet" (6thsense records)
Drummer JOONAS RIIPPA plays in many front-line groups like Mikko Innanen Innkvisitio, Jenny Robson Band, Kannaste-Viinikainen-Riippa, in bands led by Mika Pohjola, Heikki Sarmanto, Verneri Pohjola and leads his own group Joonas Riippa Quartet.
Check out the artist's website:
1. Blind Desert
2. Absence Of You
3. Haute Couture
5. High Expectations
8. One Note Story
9. I'm Innocent