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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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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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