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Serj Tankian's musical score for film "The Last Inhabitant" being considered by Golden Globes for "Best Original Score" category

From: GoldenGlobes.com / Writer: Jean Paul Chaillet “As a filmmaker raised in Nagorno-Karabakh I have listened to stories of hardships endured by my family and villagers, and of their struggles into dealing with such a devastating inter-ethnic conflict.” So says Jivan Avetisyan, a prolific 35 year-old Armenian director with a solid documentary background, who was born in this mountainous landlocked separatist region in the Southwestern tip of Armenia bordering with Azerbaijan and totaling a mere 4400 square km. He even had to do his mandatory military service there, in the province’s Defense Army from 1999 to 2001. It is not surprising that he decided to make it the setting of The Last Inhabitant, his eighth feature film. An adaptation of Tsovinar...

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Serj Tankian: From System of a Down to writing symphonies

From: SPCR.org & The Frame / Writer: James Kim LISTEN HERE Most rock fans know Serj Tankian as the frontman for the politically outspoken metal band, System of a Down. The band has released five albums, won a Grammy Award, and sold tens-of-millions of records worldwide. ​The band took a break in 2006 and Tankian started a solo career. He began writing rock songs, but now he’s composing music for films and video games. In 2012, he also wrote a classical work called “Orca Symphony No. 1."  The Frame’s James Kim spoke with the L.A.-based musician about the beginnings of System of a Down, his transition into composing symphonic pieces, and what he wants to say as an artist. INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS ON...

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Serj Tankian Goes Symphonic — Then It's Back to System of a Down

From: The LA Weekly / Writer: Chris Kissel Serj Tankian's deep fascination with orchestral music is just one indication that the rock singer's focus has evolved significantly since his band, System of a Down, released their most recent album 11 years ago.“My take on art is that an artist needs to do different things," Tankian explains."They need to follow their vision, otherwise they’re just regurgitating, and that’s not art.” Not that System of a Down could ever be accused of regurgitating. One of the biggest and arguably best of the nu-metal bands of the late ’90s and early ’00s, System stood out in ways that still resonate. They ticked off prison statistics in the middle of their songs; they composed mini-operas...

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System of a Down's Serj Tankian goes classical with symphonic concerts in Northridge

From the LA Times / Writer: Jessica Gelt The “little incident,” as Serj Tankian refers to it, occurred more than six years ago in Atlanta. The rock star and frontman of the popular heavy metal band System of a Down had gone solo and decided to perform his rock tunes, classical style, with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He had done it successfully with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra the previous year in New Zealand, so the singer reasoned, why not take the act stateside? The crucial catch was that his only rehearsal with the orchestra was a simple sound check. The concert that followed was a disaster. “Drunk people with their beers were hitting the stage while the violin solo was...

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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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