Anders Helmerson is an international professional progressive fusion pianist, keyboard player, laser harp performer, composer and live musician who is based in London, the U.K.
Anders was born in a musical family in Sweden where his mother was a classical pianist and his father was a jazz musician. He has studied classical piano and then his musical interests evolved into progressive rock, such as Yes, Crimson, as well as jazz music as Chic Correa, Bill Evans etc.
In 1981, his first album “End Of Illusion” was released, first by Swedish label TMC, but 15 years later it was re-released at French label Musea where it got cult status and became a big seller. According to a Japanese music magazine Euro-Rock Press, he became famous by End Of Illusion and remembered by progressive rock fans in Japan for over a decade as a mysterious man. The wait for success of his first album kept Anders out of the music scene for years.
In 2002, his second album “Fields Of Inertia”, which has been recorded in Brazil and mixed in New York, was released by the Rio based label Som Interior. Anders has been working in Brazil with Brazilian musicians as Robertimbo Silva and others. The outcome was a bowl of prog music and Latin jazz in a rather neo classic mix. This was his first experience with digital recording which later made a total revolution in the record industry, maybe for Anders elaborated writing style more to a benefit than a disadvantage.
In 2010, his third album “Triple Ripple” was released after a few years preparations. This was when Anders left the prog sphere and stepped into his own invention stage – prog fusion. The album was launched by Musea as a result of collaboration with an American drummer Marco Minnemann and bassist Bryan Beller. This was a “Jazz Rock Fusion Tour de Force”. By working it trough, bar by bar it was finally mixed and mastered at Abbey Road Studios in London, the U.K. According to Anders, “The mix is bright and the bell tones have a serious tone”.
After the release, Anders performed the album live as a solo artist and it made him return to Brazil for a tour and it was also performed in many venues around the world.
In 2018, Anders expressed his passion on the keys of a grand piano and he composed music suggesting he had become a jazz musician. Anders calls this new project “The Quantum House Project”. Swapping the keyboard rig for a grand piano was for Anders not a change of music style, more like a modernisation of the timbre – for many a change of style and a challenge but his music has been opened for a larger crowd. For this project, he chose the French musicians Christian Grassart on drums and Thierry Conand on bass. The trio is set to play live.