As some of you may have found out from my Facebook-page or elsewhere, I’ve recorded a Christmas album called Ave Maria – Joulun klassikot (Christmas classics). The idea came from Warner Music and even though I was a bit suspicious of the idea at first, I came to like it very much because of the classy production there was going to be. The idea was to do a christmas album that would sound majestic and grand, but yet still delicate and dynamic. It was clear that there would be no sample-based orchestrations, but a real symphony orchestra playing most of the songs. Even though sampled sound and midi programming can do pretty convincing results, the real thing just sounds like a…REAL THING! We also recorded a big sounding organ at church to make the package even more tangible.
The album was recorded in several locations, but my parts were done at Neomusic Studio in Helsinki with Janne Huttunen sitting behind the desk. Miikka Huttunen handled the mixing and Svante Försback did the mastering. The track list is as follows:
1. Ave Maria 4:35 (The one and only!)
2. Sylvian joululaulu 4:03 (The song you might have heard me singing before on last Christmas, but this time the arrangement is fully made for my voice.)
3. En etsi valtaa loistoa 3:18 (A Christmas carol from Jean Sibelius with a very pious mood.)
4. Mielenrauhaa 3:57 (A new song from Kassu Halonen – the man behind Sydämeeni Joulun Teen.)
5. Varpunen jouluaamuna 3:27 (A song written on a touching poem by Zacharias Topelius – we Finns love this one and I think this version worked out great.)
6. Sydämeeni joulun teen 3:46 (Maybe the last Finnish Xmas carol that has reached a classic status among the classics – and we spiced it up just a little bit.)
7. Nessun Dorma 3:14 (This is not a Christmas carol, but it surely fits here very well – I like this one one of the best tracks here.)
8. Tonttu 4:51 (A nice story of a Xmas elf and a cool arrangement with a rich athmosphere.)
9. Jouluyö, juhlayö 3:44 (One of the most known Christmas carols with a nice vibe in it.)
10. Adagio 3:03 (This one isn’t a Xmas carol either, but it ends this album with a grand tone and a BIG organ sound!)
Raskasta Joulua will hit the road again in November. It’s getting bigger year by year and we’ll be playing in Tampere-talo this time, for example. For more venues, please visit Dragonwhite.com.
AHOLA is going to do few gigs as well on November. It’s been a pleasure to get new fans by playing live. I know that many of you have heard us the first time in live situation. It’s hard work to win you over gig by gig but very rewarding as well. So thank you for the support. Go check AHOLA’s homepage.
I also wanted to give a special thanks for J.Ahola Street Team and Ahola Dream Team for their support and spreading out the word. Thank you!
I’m going to do a special appearance at Musiikkitalo in Helsinki on Wednesday 21st of November in Joulu Mielelle -concert that will be aired in December by MTV3.
This site is not ready yet since there’s gonna be more stuff coming up. Please, do keep on checking the site out every now and then.
That’s it people. Thank you for visiting!
I LOVE THIS NEW LOOK IN THIS SITE. I LOVE JARKKO VERY MUCH.
Greetings with new looks Your home page! :)
Yes, autumn is here too.
In nature became coloring bright colors and one more light, since nice to read the lighting news about your solo album. I come there for checking a new graphic stuff too … ;)
Like Winnie Pooh:”A simple Hello would do, thank you very much!” :)
Perfect music and video Jarkko! We’re waiting your good news. :)
Take care, good luck!
Don’t forget fun. :)
Start today with quote:”No everybody has so loyal fans!”
As someone said it today on FB:)
But it’s only me – “here I go again” like stranger and crossing by this place for a while and see your page news updates :)
And most greatest news just read that you’re started and working on new project. Well, look impatience forward and waiting next news about it. Good luck with everything you want to achieve! I’ll think about it! :)
Guess you feel good, even though this summer provides the weather surprises. Let`s all be in good conditions …
you’re always in my mind :)
Yes, you`re right!:)
We (that`s me and some guys you know he) likes that stuff what you did in new album.
We say:”THANK YOU!” about this work!
I heard your versions of Queen’s songs and my favourite is “I want it all”. I also heard yours Christmas carols but unfortunately not live, only on YT. Anyway, I like your voice.
It’s wonderful feeling when your dreams come true, isn’t it? :D
I cannot wait for first AHOLA’s album too!
I got to see you not 1, but 4 times this year! First in Kotka in the acoustic duo with Antti Mäkelä, then in Tavastia with Teräsbetoni, a while ago in a never-forget Queen-concert at Turku, and last but not least, in Mikkeli, performing with 3 equally amazing singers!! I wish all the best for you in 2012!!
Hyvää joulua ja uuttavuotta Jarkko!!
Kiitos 18.11.2011 Queen-keikasta konserttitalolla! Freddy olisi ollut ylpeä! Upeaa!
Kiitos and Thank You Guys for the messages. It was a pleasure to do this.
Your site today just got a new front page picture. Of course, your very expressive stage image. It could be said – it`s your character ;)
And in general today (oops it’s yesterday)I had surprised with you. Pretty much totally unexpected but worthwhile news feed from you! And it’s great that you have so many new projects. The Queen … yea… last summer I have been thought that you can sing a specially chosen program. Then I thought that this could be a Rainbow or something from Dio in Black Sabbath era. About Queen … yeah too, but less ambitious :) So project with the orchestra not came in my mind then. Guess your Queen project will be a very special and impressive. Hope to see something from it.
Well, now just have to wish you succeed in a way what you want to do it… and as once someone commented – yes, Freddie would be proud of this!
And now … good night, tomorrow have a new and beautiful day! :)
Adding today’s sorrow message:
Someone created with photos and had placed YouTube video for Manowar song “Hymn of the Immortal Warrior” in Memory of Scott Columbus.
And this was one of the last songs have been recorded by the Scott Columbus on drums.
I found this song`s live performance at Magic Circle Festival 2007. video (Recorded on DVD)and next song in this video “The Crown And The Ring”.
Yeah… it’s so pretty topical to hear the both song words today …
Thanks to you, Jii! :) It took me a while to get ‘Maailma tarvitse sankareita’, but now that I have it we’re becoming really good friends. Music is simply great, and now I’m working on translating the lyrics for myself so I can understand them (I’m not succeeding at all, but at least my Finnish warrior-related vocabulary is richer ;-). Well, keep on kickin’ some people’s as*es and see you soon!
So.. lot`s of years has gone, but I`ll came back this one more time to see the power of TB and the message of their strenght. Jarkko Ahola,Teräsbetoni in all.. You`ve (all of ya)given me the strenght to go on in my heavy (in many ways) live. I`m just an ordinary middle aged man from Finland. Few years ago I sed tht Ya bring back the TRUST IN METAL to me and gave me the strenght to look up forwards. These days I`m in a middle of big problems on my life f e s money,family etc. Your music has allways been the gateaway from my problems, so honestly,from the depp of my heart, thank you Teräsbetoni.
I`m an old guy now, but I`ll never forget or dis your message (s,). Metallitotuus. Veljeys, kunnia, vapaus.
Yours; one to trust in your metal.
Thankyou for exist, Happy Birthday!!!
i wish you one day, you can come to México!!!
Thank you SO much for the Tavastia gig! It was awesome! Hope to see you guys together more often in the future.
I do not know that write in such places to strangers.) BUT. Recently has heard your music-it perfectly well. A voice simply super! As it is not a pity that I can get on your concert. Can sometime be.) thanks for your diligence-your of a song very much please.
Thank you Marutta! Nothing else matters… yes, my friend! Hope that all hypocrites etc. will vanish soon and we “true fans” will be able to concentrate to the things that really matters! ;)
J., I have to say that you are the most fascinating person I’ve ever known :) Thank you for everything!
Cheers, everyone! And see you @ gigs.. soon :)
I can imagine how You feel now, because I feel the same. We`ll act this challenge for communication in Your home page. I hope that this mischief-maker, who deleted our thoughts and wishes for You, will be on merit.
Main thing for us that we know who we are, that we trust each other. Truly friends always support and to encourage in not so good moments too.
In spite this tiny evil-wisher, I wish You success in all next gigs – Northern Kings, Ter
Thanks, Jii. I`m waiting. Hope you`ll enjoy those recording sessions.
very good progress Jarkko! good luck for all :)