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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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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...

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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...

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