Originally born in 2011 from the special connection of Johanna Kurkela, Tuomas Holopainen and Troy Donockley, AURI was first introduced to the world as late as 2018. Now complemented by the dynamic percussive talents of Kai Hahto, the threesome carves fantastical worlds entirely their own.
To its key members AURI is a creative outlet unconfined by the preconceptions caused by their other bands and their respective audiences. Leaning to Celtic folk and cinematic pop, yet not shackled by any specific genre, AURI isn´t the kind of music that can be described by words alone.
Johanna Kurkela | voices, violin, viola, keys
Tuomas Holopainen | keys & backing voices
Troy Donockley | guitars, bouzouki, mandola, ulleann pipes, low whistles, aerophone, bodhran, voices, keys
Close your eyes and dive into the magical tunes and hear Johanna´s youthful and tender voice…fragile, yet powerful and moving beyond words.
You can almost see the green and peaceful little valley taking shape in front of your inner eye.
Tuomas Holopainen comments on the track as follows:
“The Valley” is an ode to homecoming. It`s about things worth a long wait, and about all the wondrous waypoints on the road.
And, while you`re wandering on that road, why not write a little tune to keep you company. A tune most delicate and hard to catch, but willing to reveal itself once you`ve made your journey, and have almost reached home.
You can watch the beautiful lyrical video here: https://youtu.be/XYrwK214_Lc
Stream or download ‘The Valley’ here: https://auri.bfan.link/the-valley