TARJA TURUNEN's HARUS Project: 'Varpunen Jouluaamuna' Video Posted Online

"Varpunen Jouluaamuna", the new video from former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen's new project HARUS, can be seen below.

A brand new HARUS live album/DVD will be made available worldwide by earMUSIC in collaboration with Edel's classic music division Berlin Classics. This joint venture from two music labels apparently far away from each other would probably sound bizarre at first sight (a label operating in alternative and metal music with one representing traditional classical music artists). The reason lies beneath the many sides of Tarja Turunen's music.

It's widely known that Tarja's music background is in classical music. She later became one of the most important female voices of metal, first as part of multi-million seller NIGHTWISH and later with her successful solo career, carrying her own name.

After two gems of heavy rock, Tarja can finally go back to her "first love" for a while. The new live CD and DVD shows a side of Tarja's music personality that so far was only enjoyed by the lucky fans attending her classical music concerts.

The first output of HARUS features traditional and emotional music from Finland presented together with more international repertoire. If Tarja's vocal approach when it comes to rock music is "classical", what stands out in this new musical adventure is the modern approach to classical music.

Tarja Turunen and HARUS created a unique blend of organ, electric guitar, percussion and voice. Tarja has the talent to make it sound warm and soft, appealing for the purists as well as for the fans who follow her with a unique dedication.

Besides Tarja's metal superstar status, HARUS represents the start of a new journey, crossing genres and music cultures. HARUS is a rather peculiar, uncommon Finnish word that describes the four tensors that keep a tent together or the tensor that keeps the mast from falling in a sailing boat. Both of the meanings apply to the musicians involved in Tarja's new project: four members, four equals, four different backgrounds to tie together exquisite classical music developed strongly and in a very stable way, with a taste of experimental, modern feel.

Tarja has declared: "In 2006 we did our first concert together. We had such a joy and fun that we decided to keep on performing as a group. The name
came many years after when we believed it is time to make it official. What
is special in HARUS is that every concert represents a magic moment. We have the freedom to be inspired by our own emotions. We hope to be able to
offer you that spirit with this CD/DVD."

The international release date for the live CD is November 25. The audio/video bundles (CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray) will hit stores one week later (December 2).

HARUS is:

Tarja Turunen: Vocals
Kalevi Kiviniemi: Organ
Marzi Nyman: Guitar
Markku Krohn: Percussion

CD track listing:

* Arkihuolesi Kaikki Heit
Music Leevi Madetoja, Lyrics Alpo Noponen
Arrangement Marzi Nyman
WCMF Serious Catalogue

* Ave Maria Op. 80
Music Luigi Luzzi, Lyrics Trad.
Arrangement Jarkko Kiiski (percussion), Kalevi Kiviniemi (organ)

* Ave Maria
Music Tarja Turunen, Lyrics Trad.
Arrangement Kalevi Kiviniemi, Marzi Nyman
Universal Music Publishing

* Maa On Niin Kaunis
Music Trad. Lyrics Bernhard Ingemann (Finnish Lyrics Hilja Haahti)
Arrangement Anders hrwall, Marzi Nyman (guitar)

* Varpunen Jouluaamuna
Music Otto Kotilainen, Lyrics Zacharias Topelius (Finnish Lyrics K.A. Hougberg)
Arrangement Marzi Nyman (guitar)
WCMF Serious Catalogue

* Heinill Hrkien
Music Trad. Lyrics Martti Korpilahti
Arrangement Olli Ahvenlahti, Kalevi Kiviniemi, Marzi Nyman
Copyright Control

* En Etsi Valtaa Loistoa
Music Jean Sibelius, Lyrics Zacharias Topelius
Arrangement Marzi Nyman (guitar)
Warner Chappel Music Finland

* Jouluy, Juhlay (Silent Night)
Music Franz Gruber, Lyrics Joseph Mohr (Finnish lyrics G.O Schnemann)
Arrangement Marzi Nyman, Kalevi Kiviniemi

* Astral Bells
Markku Krohn, Marzi Nyman, Kalevi Kiviniemi

* You Would Have Loved This
Cori Connors
Arrangement Marzi Nyman
Songcastle Music

* Walking In The Air
Howard Blake
Arrangement Marzi Nyman, Kalevi Kiviniemi
EMI Music Publishing

* Improvisation: Variations Sur Un Nol
Kalevi Kiviniemi

CD-exclusive bonus track
Recorded at Melbourne Town Hall, Australia

DVD/Blu-ray track listing:

* Heinill Hrkien
Music Trad. Lyrics Martti Korpilahti
Arrangement Olli Ahvenlahti, Kalevi Kiviniemi, Marzi Nyman
Copyright Control

* Ave Maria Op. 80
Music Luigi Luzzi, Lyrics Trad.
Arrangement Jarkko Kiiski (percussion), Kalevi Kiviniemi (organ)

* Varpunen Jouluaamuna
Music Otto Kotilainen, Lyrics Zacharias Topelius (Finnish Lyrics K.A. Hougberg)
Arrangement Marzi Nyman (guitar)
WCMF Serious Catalogue

* Maa On Niin Kaunis
Music Trad. Lyrics Bernhard Ingemann (Finnish Lyrics Hilja Haahti)
Arrangement Anders hrwall, Marzi Nyman (guitar)

* Concert Etude
Franz Liszt
Arrangement Kalevi Kiviniemi
DVD /Blu-Ray Exclusive

* En Etsi Valtaa Loistoa
Music Jean Sibelius, Lyrics Zacharias Topelius
Arrangement Marzi Nyman (guitar)
Warner Chappel Music Finland

* Arkihuolesi Kaikki Heit
Music Leevi Madetoja, Lyrics Alpo Noponen
Arrangement Marzi Nyman
WCMF Serious Catalogue

* Improvisation On Christmas Themes
Kalevi Kiviniemi
DVD /Blu-Ray Exclusive

* Ave Maria
Music Tarja Turunen, Lyrics Trad.
Arrangement Kalevi Kiviniemi, Marzi Nyman
Universal Music Publishing

* You Would Have Loved This
Cori Connors
Arrangement Marzi Nyman
Songcastle Music

* Astral Bells
Markku Krohn, Marzi Nyman, Kalevi Kiviniemi

* Ave Maria
Music Giulio Caccini, Lyrics Trad.
Arrangement Marzi Nyman, Jarkko Kiiski, Kalevi Kiviniemi
DVD /Blu-Ray EXCLUSIVE

* Walking In The Air
Howard Blake
Arrangement Marzi Nyman, Kalevi Kiviniemi
EMI Music Publishing

* Jouluy, Juhlay (Silent Night)
Music Franz Gruber, Lyrics Joseph Mohr (Finnish lyrics G.O. Schnemann)
Arrangement Marzi Nyman, Kalevi Kiviniemi

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