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Serj Tankian

Formed: 2007
From: United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Serj Tankian News

Below is our complete Serj Tankian news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Serj Tankian Comments On Situation With Syria

Serj Tankian, current solo artist and formerly from System of a Down, has been known for his lyrics involving politics and warfare.

Serj has now chimed in on the current situation with Syria - in which the United States is considering missile strikes against the country's government for suspected use of chemical weapons against rebels seeking to overthrow the current regime. Serj posted the following message online via Facebook:

"I'm really concerned about the 'evidence' against the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons as an excuse for intervention. Remember the 'slam dunk' evidence against Iraq? Why would Assad use chemical weapons when he has the lead and in his own neighborhood? Doesn't make any sense to me. Would it be a far notion to assume that Al Qaeda or Al Nusra Front would do this to get the West involved? This time let the people of the world see the evidence and let the UN General Assembly make the decision of involvement, not a few nations of the Security Council. Just some thoughts."

After that message set off a firestorm of comments, Serj followed up with this statement:

"I really want to thank everyone who has commented on the previous post about the Syrian situation. I've read a lot of your comments and have found them illuminating. Ultimately, along with the use of chemical weapons and their horrific severity, the civil war in Syria has cost 100k lives with millions more displaced. If we really want to help, instead of conducting limited air strikes, which will not change the balance of power in Syria, we should propose an international, multilateral, UN peace-keeping force to end the civil war there and create an immediate cease fire that can lead to negotiations between the gov't and the rebels. I think the Russians and Chinese will oblige and join the effort especially given the alternative of air strikes. More...

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Ihsahn/Serj/Devin Townsend Track Streaming

Remember that extremely unlikely collaboration we reported on back in April? The one that featured Ihsahn (Emperor, Peccatum), Serj Tankian (System of a Down), and Devin Townsend? Well it's now online and available for streaming! Check out "We Are" in the player below.

The single was composed, arranged, programmed, and produced by Ray Holroyd, mixed by Rohan Onraet, and mastered by Ted Jensen. "We Are" is a charity track being released by non-profit label Revolution Harmony, with all proceeds being donated to Buskaid, a charity that provides free music lessons and instruments to children in the townships of South Africa

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Serj Tankian Explains Lack Of New SOAD Album

After the Facebook debacle when Shavo Odadjian called out Serj Tankian for slowing down the process of a new System of a Down release, Tankian himself has now conducted an interview with Artist Direct to discuss the situation. Excerpts from the interview follow:

AD: What does System of a Down mean to you in 2013?

First and foremost, they're my partners and friends I've created this music and career with over these years. I'm still very thankful. To me, it's what I've done. It's where I've come in. It's something I enjoy doing. We started touring again three years ago for good purpose. I think we missed being a part of that together. Of course, we have a lot of fans and people interested in getting a record sooner rather than later. Things take time though. Everyone has a life and has to have the right frame of mind to make a record at the same time. Jazz-iz Christ and Orca will be my fifth and sixth solo records in seven years. I've been touring with System, The FCC, and orchestras around the world. I haven't stopped. There hasn't been much time-off. I want to make sure I have time for myself and my family. Only the four of us can decide what System means. I know the fans agree that's what System is, and that's amazing.

AD: You have to do it at the right moment. More...

Read the full article at Artist Direct.

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Ihsahn/Serj Tankian Collaboration Announced

Vancouver non-profit label Revolution Harmony has announced an upcoming charity single titled "We Are," which will feature the talents of Ihsahn (Emperor, Peccatum), Serj Tankian (System of a Down), and Devin Townsend.

The single was composed, arranged, programmed, and produced by Ray Holroyd, mixed by Rohan Onraet, and mastered by Ted Jensen. The label comments on the single:

"The lyrical theme in 'We Are' is based on the concept behind Revolution Harmony, which is essentially the belief that musical harmony has the power to inspire a revolution towards societal harmony. The single is dedicated to Nelson Mandela and the memory of Lucky Dube, regarded as South Africa's Bob Marley, and will be released worldwide on Mandela Day (18 July), with all proceeds donated to Buskaid, a charity that provides free music lessons and instruments to children in the townships of South Africa."

Serj Tankian stated: "It has been an absolute honor being involved with the Revolution Harmony project to bring much needed financial aid to Buskaid in South Africa. Music has saved my life and has the potential to create positive change in all those young kids struggling to make themselves heard and to survive. The song is a musical collage of complex yet moving colors intertwining genres and vibes."

Ihsahn also states: "I have followed this song since it was basically just a MIDI file and love how it has grown into this massive piece of music, so it was very easy to get inspired for lyrics and vocal lines. Knowing how music has shaped and enriched my own life, and how privileged I have been to be able to follow that passion, I really appreciate Buskaid's work to enable young people to follow that same path. Like most, my involvement in charity has been very generic, like signing up for donations to some of the global organizations, but Revolution Harmony has given me the opportunity to contribute with something personal, together with people who share my passion for music. I'm honored to be part of this. With our different backgrounds I think this just underlines the message of the song; a deep passion for music that goes beyond how we are typically isolated and divided."

For full details, head over to the Revolution Harmony website here. More...

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Serj Tankian Announces New Releases, Tour Dates

Serj Tankian will be independently releasing two albums this summer through his own Serjical Strike Records.

"Orca," Tankian’s first true symphony, will be released on June 25th and the collaborative jazz infused album "Jazz-iz Christ" will be released on July 23rd.

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 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 composition dynamics showing influences ranging from Ennio Morricone to Philip Glass.

According to Tankian, “Orca is known as the killer whale, but is really a dark dolphin, a symbolism for human dichotomy.” More...

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Serj Tankian Posts New Lyric Video

Serj Tankian has revealed the cover art for his new album, "Harakiri," which comes out July 10th. The artwork can be viewed after the jump. Serj Tankian has also now released a lyric video for new single "Figure It Out," available below.

"Harakiri" is now available for pre-order at Serj's webstore. Fans can advance order the album or pick up a limited edition "Harakiri" album bundle which includes a 18' x 24' lithograph poster, download of two bonus tracks (to be delivered on 7/10) and a CD. Both pre-orders come with an instant download of the new single, "Figure It Out." $2 from the sale of each pre-order will be donated to a non-profit organization to fight global hunger.

Last week, it was announced that Serj and the rest of his bandmates in System of a Down will be performing a handful of dates in August. Dates are as follows:

08/02 Philadelphia, PA - Susquehanna Bank Center
08/04 Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
08/05 Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
08/07 Washington, DC - Verizon Center Arena
08/09 Boston, MA - Comcast Center
08/11 Montreal, QC - Heavy Metal Festival Parterre @ Parc Jean Drapeau
08/12 Toronto, ON - Heavy Metal Festival Downsview Park
08/14 Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Amphitheater
08/15 Chicago, IL - Allstate Arena More...

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Serj Tankian Performs On The Jay Leno Show

Video footage has surfaced online featuring Serj Tankian's peformance of Goodbye Gate 21" on a recent episode of the Jay Leno show. You can view the clip in the player below.

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Serj Tankian Composing Theater Production Score

The Boston Herald is reporting that System of a Down's Serj Tankian is currently composing the score for an upcoming production of "Prometheus Bound." An excerpt from the article follows.

Serj Tankian has spent the past decade rocking the world with his quirky, politically charged brand of prog-metal as frontman of System of a Down.

But in recent years, the Lebanon-born musician has branched out, writing poetry, recording solo albums, working on social justice issues and composing orchestral pieces.

His latest venture brought him to Cambridge, where he’s composed the score for American Repertory Theater’s interpretation of the ancient Greek tragedy “Prometheus Bound.”

“Politically, I’m getting off on this project because it works with everything I’ve worked with . . . the edginess and the themes of injustice and tyranny and civilization and torture,” Tankian said during a break from rehearsals last week at the Harvard University-based theater’s space on Church Street. The production, which starts a five-week run Friday at Oberon in Harvard Square, tells the story of Prometheus, the mythical figure punished by the gods for giving fire to humans. Tony- and Grammy-winning playwright Steven Sater (“Spring Awakening”) reworked the play, bringing in Tankian and turning it into a modern rock opera.

“I guess I felt around me such a feeling of power-lessness and voicelessness . . . and a growing sense of tyranny around the world,” Sater said. “And I thought about ‘Prometheus Bound.’ It’s perhaps the most searing indictment of tyranny ever written and it was written right at the birth of Western democracy.”

Read the full article at Boston Herald.

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Serj Tankian Posts New Music Video

Serj Tankian has posted a music video online for the song "Reconstructive Demonstrations," which is from the "Imperfect Harmonies" release. You can check out the video clip below.

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Serj Tankian Posts New Music Video Online

Former System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian has posted his new music video online for the song, "Left Of Centre" at MetalInjection.net. You can also watch the video below. The song comes from Tankian's forthcoming second solo sudio album, "Imperfect Harmonies," which is scheduled to be released on September 28th through Serjical Strike Records.

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New Serj Tankian Song Available On iTunes

Serj Tankian has made a brand new song, titled "Left of Center" available via iTunes. The song comes off of Serj Tankian's upcoming studio ablum titled "Imperfect Harmonies." "Imperfect Harmonies" is due for release on September 7th, 2010 through Serjical Strike and Reprise Records.

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Serj Tankian Makes New Song Available Online

Serj Tankian (System of A Down) has made the first song off his upcoming album solo album, "Imperfect Harmonies," available for download by signing up for his email newsletter here. The new song is entitled "Borders Are." Tankian's new album "Imperfect Harmonies" is due out September 7th.

You can view a "lyric video" for "Borders Are" below. (My guess is that this is the actual song, but the official music video is yet to come).

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Musicians Boycotting Arizona Over Immigration Law

Billboard.com is reporting that musicians, including Rage Against the Machine and Serj Tankian, are boycotting Arizona over a recently passed immigration law. An excerpt from the report follows:

Rage Against the Machine lead singer Zack de la Rocha has enlisted dozens of musicians and activists to join The Sound Strike, an open call by artists to boycott the state of Arizona over its recently passed immigration law. The law passed by the Arizona state legislature, SB1070, requires local authorities to determine a person's immigration status if he or she is suspected of being undocumented.

Groups like Cypress Hill, Juanes, Conor Oberst, Los Tigres del Norte, Rage Against the Machine, Cafe Tacvba, Kanye West, Calle 13 as well as Oscar winning filmmaker and activist Michael Moore have signed on to the campaign, which was announced on thesoundstrike.net today.
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Serj Tankian Reveals New Album Title

Former System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian has revealed that the title of his second solo album is to be "Imperfect Harmonies." The record will be released this summer through his own label, Serjical Strike and is said to include a mix of rock, electronic and jazz music amongst other genres.

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Screenings Of "Elect The Dead Symphony" Planned

Reprise Records and Serj Tankian have teamed up with theatrical distributor Cinema Purgatorio to present a series of nationwide screenings of "Elect the Dead Symphony." The dynamic performance was recorded and filmed in HD by six cameras at the majestic Auckland Town Hall in New Zealand with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

The result has been captured in the "Elect the Dead Symphony" — a CD/DVD that will be released on March 9th, 2010.

A pre-order has begun exclusively on iTunes. Fans who pre-order the audio album now for $11.99 will receive access on February 23rd — two full weeks before the album is available in stores and from all digital service providers.

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System Of A Down Reunion In The Works?

Rumours are beginning to spread that System Of A Down are coming close to reuniting after three of the four members of the band appeared on stage together at The Roxy in West Hollywood on Halloween. Guitarist/vocalist Daron Malakian, bass player Shavo Odajian and drummer John Dolmayan were joined by Frank Perez of Scars On Broadway for an impromptu set where they played the System Of A Down classic, "Suite Pee" and the Scars On Broadway song, "They Say." Stay tuned for more information.

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Serj Tankian Posts New DVD Video Clip Online

Serj Tankian has posted a new video clip of his performance with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra playing "Empty Walls" at the Auckland Town Hall on March 16, 2009. The new CD and DVD will be out this Fall 2009.

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Watch A Sneak Peak Video Of Serj Tankian's DVD

Serj Tankian's (System of a Down) first solo live CD/DVD is coming out this Fall, featuring his performance of the "Elect The Dead" Symphony in Auckland, New Zealand in March with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. You can now watch a sneak-peak video from the upcoming DVD, below. More...

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Serj Tankian Authoring New Poetry Book

Former System of a Down frontman and solo artist Serj Tankian is in the middle of writing a follow-up to his acclaimed poetry book, “Cool Gardens”. The new collection of works is yet to be titled but will feature illustrations by Roger Kupelian, the director of Serj’s music video for “Honking Antelope.” Serj wants to create a visual/interactive element to the new poetry book and more details will be released as they are available.

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"Serart" To Be Re-Released As Deluxe Edition

Serjical Strike Records has announced that they will be re-releasing "Serart." The album that was originally produced by Serj and Arto, "Serart - Deluxe Edition" now includes two previously unreleased remixes by Bill Laswell and Jimmy Urine (Mindless Self Indulgence). An eclectic array of textured tracks, "Serart - Deluxe Edition" mixes Middle Eastern melodies with Pan-African rhythms while shifting from classical motifs to bursts of percussion. Included with the audio "Serart - Deluxe Edition" also features a DVD containing the short film “Sun Angle Calculator,” with music scored by Serj Tankian himself.

You can buy the record in your local record store or you from the Serjical Strike Store starting April 21, 2009.

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