CMX & Joensuu City Orchestra (FIN)

CMX & Joensuu City Orchestra

A lot has happened on the stages of Ilosaarirock Festival over the years. We've experienced concerts where classical orchestras have married their sound with rock, Italian film scores, and even death metal. The gigs have been impressive, grand, and very moving. Last summer, when Insomnium and Joensuu City Orchestra had finished their concert, Olli-Matti Wahlström, a Joensuu-born drummer of the legendary Finnish rock band CMX was highly impressed, and wondered if they could do the same. Hell yes!

CMX is an institution in the Finnish rock scene, and the band's career spans over several decades. Their music is built around beautiful, complex, distorted, inventive melodies and lyrics which are filled with mythological and religious imagery. When all this is combined with a 35-piece orchestra, the spectacle of the summer is ready. Krzysztof Dobosiewicz, the conductor of the Joensuu City Orchestra, is in charge of the arrangements, and the set list is naturally chosen by the band.

We are curious, and asked the front man A.W. Yrjänä what we could expect. Apparently they are going to "see what it will sound like when you combine a twelve-tone technique with vein-popping ugric howling." Drummer Olli-Matti's response was a bit more enlightening: "I think what that means is that at least Ruoste will be included in the set list."

Got it. We are curiously, anxiously, excitedly waiting for July. This will be magnificent!

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