Tuomas Holopainen's side-project, Auri, will release its new, second album on September 3rd, 2021. In this project Holopainen is co-operating with his wife,  popular Finnish singer Johanna Kurkela. Auri's new album will be called "II - Those We Don't Speak Of" and it be out via Nuclear Blast Records. A single off this new album will be available soon.

Auri began its life with three people, united through their shared need to hear a kind of a music which can't be described by words alone. The first song born of this mindset, "Aphrodite Rising", appeared in 2011. Kurkela lent her unique voice, while Holopainen and English composer and multi-instrumentalist Troy Donockley (also of Nightwish) cast their spells with various other instruments. Now complemented by the dynamic percussive talents of Kai Hahto (Nightwish), the threesome carves fantastical worlds entirely their own.

Holopainen and Kurkela have been married since October 2015.