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In Your Speakers Reviews 'Jazz-Iz-Christ'

From In Your Speakers 2013 has already been a crazy year, and now we stand poised for one of its more head-scratching moments. I’m sure you remember Serj Tankian from the turn of the millennium – if not by name, than as the Fu-Manchu-sporting frontman of System of a Down. Aside from their “GRABABRUSHANDPUTALITTLEMAKEUP!” antics, they were also an incredibly outspoken political force and the most radically leftist band out there. A decade plus has passed since SOAD’s heyday, and Serj is branching into an area of music that will have System adherents WTFing, but makes perfect sense if you think about it. Jazz-Iz Christ can be called a lot of things, but perhaps the most concise (but least useful) definition is...

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Serj Tankian Talks 'Orca', 'Jazz-iz Christ', System of a Down & More

From Artist Direct If the 21st century produced an "artist" in the truest sense of the word that would be Serj Tankian. He continuously challenges himself and smashes any and all boundaries in the process. His brand new solo albums ORCA and Jazz-iz Christ may be musically miles apart from the whacky and wondrous metal of System of a Down, but they're equally potent and a genuinely natural progression for Tankian. His cinematic sensibility bleeds through the sprawling orchestral ORCA, while Jazz-iz Christ speaks to his sonic adventurousness over a jazz backdrop. Both records are nuanced to the point of rewarding, making every listen a trip somewhere new. Tankian's no stranger to new places though and he continues finding them—especially now with his "music-embedded painting," as he likes to call it.Talking...

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Serj Releasing Two Albums in June and July, Announces Tour Dates

Serj is independently releasing two albums this summer through his own Serjical Strike Records.  Orca, Tankian’s first true symphony, will be released on June 25 and the collaborative jazz infused album Jazz-iz Christ will be released on July 23.  Recorded in Linz, Austria in October of 2012, Orca was composed and demoed in Tankian’s home studio and fully realized after a successful Kickstarter campaign that helped fund a recording and debut performance at the regal Brucknerhaus with the “Das Karussell Ensemble”. With conductor Werner Steinmetz at the helm, the four acts of Orca mix influences from early 20th century composers with modern film compositional dynamics showing influences ranging from Ennio Morricone to Philip Glass. Listeners are met with a mingling...

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