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Serj Tankian Finishes Song for Armenian Genocide Film ‘The Promise’

From Asbarez TORNOTO (ArmRadio)—System of A Down’s Serj Tankian has finished a song for the Armenian Genocide-themed movie The Promise produced by Kirk Kerkorian’s Survival Pictures. “I am really excited to have finished a beautiful song I did with my friends the Authentic Light Orchestra for “The Promise” soundtrack. The film produced by Survival Pictures and Eric Esrailian and directed by Terry George stars Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale along with my friend Angela Sarafyan in a powerful love story during the last, genocidal days of the Ottoman Empire,” Tankian said in a Facebook post. The Promise, will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. The festival also announced on Tuesday that the picture will...

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Serj Tankian On 'Personal' Film Soundtrack, State of System of a Down

From Rolling Stone By Kory Grow Serj Tankian, who is best known as the spasmodic vocalist and surrealistic lyricist for art-metal group System of a Down, has always held a deep respect for film soundtracks. "When I'm exercising or driving, a lot of what I listen to is soundtracks," he says. "I think it's great that people are paying attention to the value of scores. It's very important." He finally got the chance to write a soundtrack of his own last year for a film that addressed a subject near to him, the Armenian genocide. It's a topic that Tankian has sung about going back to System of a Down's first LP, on the song "P.L.U.C.K." During World War I, Ottoman Turks executed some 1.5...

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Rolling Stone Premieres The Video For Serj's New Song 'Artsakh'

By Kory Grow - Rolling Stone System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian was so moved by the resilience of Armenian fighters in Nagorno-Karabakh, a region in the former Soviet Republic of Azerbaijan that neighbors Armenia, during a four-day war in April that he wrote a passionate new political folk song, "Artsakh," in deference to them. The song voices support for the people of Artsakh – the Armenian name for the region – and protests what Tankian describes as Azeri aggression. "These people have lived on those lands for thousands of years," the singer wrote in a statement. "They have struggle but also great beauty written on their foreheads. The whimsical appropriation of land by an empire (Stalin) placed them under Azerbaijan. They have since gained...

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Serj Tankian Dishes on Scoring His First Film '1915,' Upcoming Presidential Race & Fatherhood

From Billboard By Steve Baltin On stage with System of a Down, Serj Tankian is the frontman for one of the most blistering and frenetic aural assaults in all of rock, leading a frenzied mix of speeds that sends thousands into mosh pit mayhem. Offstage, however, he could not be further from the fury of that music, delivering his words with a thoughtfulness that makes him seem more like a professor than the lead singer of a multi-platinum hard rock band. System of a Down 2015 Tour: Serj Tankian Explains the Message Behind the Shows  For those who have had the opportunity to meet Tankian, it is not surprising at all he would wind his way into classical music and symphonies, as he did with...

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New Zealand's TV3 Interviews Serj About Armenian Genocide Centennial

By Tony Wright Most music fans associate Serj Tankian with his Grammy-award winning rock band, System of a Down. But he has many passions – including raising awareness of the Armenian genocide. Watch The Full Interview HERE Watch The News Story HERE This year marked the centenary of the mass-killings, and New Zealand soldiers not only witnessed the genocide, but now film footage has emerged of them doing so. Now there are renewed calls for our Government to formally recognise what happened 100 years ago. It was the first great crime against humanity in the 20th century. Up to 1.5 million Armenians, Assyrians and Greeks were systematically killed within the old Ottoman Empire because of their Christian beliefs. In 1918,...

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