Finnish heavy metal musician Jarkko Ahola (TERÄSBETONI, NORTHERN KINGS) will record a heavy-meets-jazz album with OULU ALL STAR BIG BAND, which organizes performances in cooperation with guest stars and conductors. According to Ahola, "The tracks will be the same we did in the gigs before, including jazzy and occasionally pompous big-band versions of 'The Show Must Go On', 'Heart Of Steel', 'Burn', 'Vaadimme Metallia' etc."He adds, "I feel curious about this. How they will sound on CD? It remains to be heard!" The idea to make big-band versions of heavy metal and hard rock classics came from OULU ALL STAR BIG BAND and its artistic director, Tapio Maunuvaara. After inviting Ahola to take part in the project, they then selected a set of melodic songs and OULU ALL STAR BIG BAND hired various people to make the new arrangements of the songs for the big band. The "Big Band Goes Heavy" repertoire has so far been performed live twice — on November 7, 2009 in Oulu, Finland; and on March 13, 2010 at the Oulu Music Festival.
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