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Gtarzee takes Franz Schubert’s 'Ave Maria' to a whole new dimension

Gtarzee takes Franz Schubert’s 'Ave Maria' to a whole new dimension just in time for the holiday season

Photographer: Manuela Norrgrann

Following 'Living a Lie', the hard rocking debut single by Gtarzee and taken from his upcoming solo album, comes 'Ave Maria', one of classical composer Franz Schubert’s most popular songs, which he composed in 1825. The songs melody has haunted Gtarzee for years and now he gets the opportunity to make it one of his own with a surprising treatment, just in time for the season. Gtarzee’s version of Franz Schubert’s 'Ave Maria' is arranged by Gtarzee and drummer Kari Storckovius (from the Finnish-Canadian hard rock band Forth) and they take the song to a whole new dimension with its searing lead guitar, thunderous drums and fat bass. You won’t be disappointed.

Listen to Ave Maria:

The song was mostly recorded by Gtarzee in his home studio and then partly in Soundwell Studio by Valtteri Kallio, who mixed the song and the upcoming album. He also plays a bit of percussion on the song. 'Ave Maria' was mastered by Janne Hakanen and it is released by Secret Entertainment.

Who is Gtarzee? Gtarzee is Tim Norrgrann - the solo artist. Tim Norrgrann is best known as the co-founder, composer, occasional lyricist, lead guitarist and backing vocalist of the Finnish-Canadian hard rockers Forth. Co-writing some of their most memorable songs, Tim is building a reputation of writing songs that are melodic, beautiful, powerful and yet easy listening. Tim started playing guitar early on, but switched to bass in the early 2000’s and joined two bands of different musical styles; the pop rock band Beneath the Bed and the progressive rock band Ethereal. Tim switched back to lead guitar after joining the hard rock band Naked Idol in 2008. Continuing his musical adventures Tim picked up the bass again and recorded the bass guitar for the song 'Voittaja' by Kultakypärä. The song 'Voittaja' was the 2010 theme song for Fintoto (horse racing in Finland). In august 2010 Tim picked up the guitar once again and formed The Roc with Canadian vocalist Brian Forth. A few years later the band changed its name, at the suggestion of Tim, to Forth. Up until today, Forth has released three albums; the debut album "Road Stories" (2014), the sophomore album "Captivity" (2019) and the newly released third album "Forth" (2021). Now the musical adventures of Tim Norrgrann continue alongside of Forth as the solo artist Gtarzee.

Gtarzee - Ave Maria

01. Ave Maria

ISRC: FI-3FC-21-63006

Julkaisupäivä: 1.12.2021

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