It all started out when I was 13 years and decided to start playing the guitar. I was noodeling around with my brothers guitar and tried to play songs of Iron Maiden and Metallica. When I was 16, I started getting more serious into the music and took some guitar lessons. At this time I practiced really hard and a lot for like 10++ hours a day. I had already experience from serval bands and was tired of the conflics we had within the band about what music we should play, what style etc.
So I decided to start my own solo project. The project of Jarle H. Olsen band will I say started in '98 when I recorded my first demo cd at home using an four track fostex. I did all the guitars, bass, keyboard and drum programing myself. The music was very neoclassical influenced at that time and the demo got some great feedback from peoples in the local area. After that, I started working with musicians and we rehersed a lot. The project was "on ice" for about two years because of problems with the line up and stuff like that.
In '02 I recorded my second demo cd "Osiris" which got very good feedback and reviews from the web and in the press. I also have a full lineup now and we did a concert recently at one of Norways biggets festivals. The musical style is now more in the real of progressive neoclassical/fusion and are much more complex than earlier.
Jarle H. Olsen Project. The reason for this name, is that I does all the composing and is the brain behind all the compositions. Location: Bergen, Norway
The band is a quartet and contains the following peoples: Jarle H. Olsen - guitar Bjarte K. Helland - drums Malla - bass Lars Peder Devold - keyboards
A lot of bands and players trough the years. Metallica, Testament, Symphony X, Dream Theater, Alex Skolnick, Yngwie Malmsteen, Becker/Friedman to mention a few. I really like to more progressive types of music with a lot of different elements in it's rhythms, melodies, solos etc. I really like the combination of heavy music combined with classic music and the way that woeks out together. I don't like too much of the nu-metal stuff that is out. A lot of that is too much run-on-the-mill for me and sounds kinda sany and boring after two songs.
Hm... the band contains some of the finest musicians in Norway and are very focused on delivering high quality music and performances.
Well, I think the music contains a lot of different styles and would be interesting for a die hard metal fan to a more jazz fusion fan as well. The music combines elements of heavy motoric rhythms, odd time meter and signatures. Exotic melodies and a lot of classical stylish music elements as well. It has a very fresh and unqie wibe and will give the listener emotional moments and a lot in his/her mind. A lot of peoples who has listened to the music, keep tells me it gives them a "magical wibe"
Photo of me and the band members and from live shows are all under the "photo gallery" section of my website.
01. Osiris (mp3)
All guitars, bass, keyboards and drum programing was recorded by Jarle. This demo was recorded at DIM studios in Bergen 02'.
Link to my website: www.jarleholsen.com
Best Regards, Jarle H. Olsen