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9/7/2010

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Be The First To Hear Serj Tankian's New Album
September 14, 2010
Beginning now, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and political activist Serj Tankian will stream his brand-new album, 'Imperfect Harmonies', in its entirety via his official iTunes app one week before the album is released by Serjical Strike/Reprise Records on September 21st.

"This is definitely a headphone record and one that should be experienced in sequence," says Serj Tankian.

Tankian's iPhone app will be updated monthly with exclusive videos and photos while also providing mobile access to lyrics, news, tour dates, and more. The first video to be available through the app will be the previously unreleased fan favorite "Sounds of War," live from London. This exclusive app-only video will be available beginning September 21st.

Check out Serj Tankian's official iPhone app here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/serj-tankian/id389242090?mt=8

'Imperfect Harmonies' is the second solo release from the System Of A Down frontman, following up his critically acclaimed 2007 solo debut 'Elect the Dead'. As with 'Elect the Dead', Tankian produced 'Imperfect Harmonies' himself at his home studio in Los Angeles.
 
 
 
 
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Serj Tankian Working On Follow Up To Elect The Dead
April 1, 2010
Serj Tankian has recorded and is currently mixing a new studio album, titled 'Imperfect Harmonies', which will be the follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2007 solo debut 'Elect the Dead'. As with 'Elect the Dead', Tankian is producing 'Imperfect Harmonies' himself at his home studio in Los Angeles. The album will be released by Serjical Strike/Reprise Records in late summer.

"Elect the Dead is essentially a rock record with progressive melodic elements," Tankian says. "Imperfect Harmonies could be classified as rock because it is punchy with many peaks throughout, but the instrumentation is somewhat different. Though there are live drums, bass, and some guitars, the driving aspects are electronic and orchestral. It's quite unique in its sound palette. This is, in essence, music that has sat in the vat and matured to a ripe sensation and is now ready to serve."

So far, 'Imperfect Harmonies' is shaping up to be as powerful and musically eclectic as its predecessor. "I have been calling the music 'electro-orchestral-jazz-rock' because it has all of those aspects in prominence within the songs," Tankian says. "A few are more stripped down, but the majority of the songs have this huge wall of sound presented in a way I've never heard before. It's not common to have a song that is both electronic and orchestral since one is synthetic and the other organic, but I found a way of meshing a lot of these colors together."

The album has been influenced by Tankian's experience making Elect the Dead Symphony, a symphonic interpretation of his debut that had its inaugural performance in New Zealand with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in March 2009. The performance has been captured on the recently released CD/DVD Elect the Dead Symphony.

"The making of Elect the Dead Symphony gave me the confidence and tools to create ensemble pieces for orchestra more confidently and effectively than before," Tankian says. "And that became one of the primary colors for this record along with electronic, jazz, and live instrumentation."

Once again, Tankian's album takes a multi-themed approach to the lyrics, which he describes as addressing the political, environmental, social, and personal. "There is a slightly eerie urgency this time around though," he says. "It's darker and more dense in approach, both lyrically and musically."

"My intentions have always been to make music that is creative, quality, and moving," he continues. "I have never learned the static method of repeating myself musically whether in System or now. Each record I have made has been different musically, yet they all carry the same integral spirit."

Stay tuned for more details about 'Imperfect Harmonies' in the coming months.

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Serj Tankian Announces Elect The Dead Symphony U.S. Shows
March 11, 2010
Serj Tankian, a Grammy Award winner and one of rock's most unconventional frontmen, will perform Elect the Dead Symphony - a very special orchestral interpretation of Tankian's critically acclaimed solo debut Elect the Dead - for two very special live shows to take place this summer.

Tankian will recreate Elect the Dead Symphony - which had its dynamic inaugural performance at New Zealand's majestic Auckland Town Hall with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in March 2009 - with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Chastain Park Amphitheater on July 9th in Atlanta, and with an orchestra put together by The Greek Theatre on July 30th at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. The shows follow a series of symphonic performances Tankian is giving in Europe in June.

The performance in New Zealand has also been captured on the Elect the Dead Symphony CD/DVD, which was released by Serjical Strike/Reprise Records on March 9th, 2010. AOL music is streaming the album in its entirety here. Last week SPIN.com premiered a clip from the DVD for the song "Sky is Over".
 
 
 
 
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Serj Tankian Exclusive iTunes Release Of New Album
February 25, 2010
The iTunes LP version of Serj Tankian's eagerly awaited Elect the Dead Symphony went on sale exclusively on iTunes on February 23rd, a full two weeks before the CD/DVD package is released by Serjical Strike/Reprise Records on March 9th and made available from all retailers. The long-form concert film also goes on sale exclusively on the iTunes store today.

This iTunes LP version features 14 tracks from Elect the Dead Symphony - a very special orchestral interpretation of Tankian's critically acclaimed solo debut Elect the Dead that saw Tankian performing at New Zealand's majestic Auckland Town Hall with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in March 2009. It also recreates the "LP" experience by providing exclusive photos, complete lyrics, credits, and acknowledgements, plus a behind-the-scenes interview with Tankian and others involved in the creation of the Elect the Dead Symphony CD/DVD experience.

Elect the Dead Symphony contains elements of psychedelia, classical, and the trademark surrealist images and skewed time signatures that Tankian has made his own, all of which were scored by Tankian himself and arranged for full orchestra by respected New Zealand composer John Psathas. The album has been mixed by Dutch musician Junkie XL, known for his remixes for such artists as Britney Spears, Beastie Boys, Coldplay, Michael Buble, Madonna, Scissor Sisters, Sarah McLachlan, and many more.

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Serj Tankian To Recreate Elect The Dead Symphony For Euro To
February 23, 2010
Serj Tankian, a Grammy Award winner and one of rock's most unconventional frontmen, will perform Elect the Dead Symphony - a very special orchestral interpretation of Tankian's critically acclaimed solo debut Elect the Dead - for a series of very special live shows to take place this summer.

Tankian will recreate Elect the Dead Symphony - which had its dynamic inaugural performance at New Zealand's majestic Auckland Town Hall with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in March 2009 - with some of the finest orchestras in Europe, including the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, The Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Italy's Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana. Please see below for dates.

The performance in New Zealand has also been captured on the Elect the Dead Symphony CD/DVD, which will be released by Serjical Strike/Reprise Records on March 9th, 2010. Theatrical nationwide screenings of the DVD, presented by Tankian, Reprise Records, and Cinema Purgatorio, began February 19th.

Please visit http://cinemapurgatorio.com/movies/elect-the-dead-symphony for more information on the screenings.

Live performances of Elect the Dead Symphony are as follows:

6/17 - Moscow, Russia - Crocus Hall (w/The Symphony Orchestra Globalis) - www.Concert.ru
6/20 - Warsaw, Poland - Amfiteatr Sowinskiego (w/Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra) - www.ticketpro.pl
6/24 - Prague, Czech Rep. - Mala Sportovni Hall (w/Czech Natl Symphony Orchestra) www.ticketpro.cz
6/27 - Linz, Austria - Brucknerhaus (w/Bruckner Orchester) - www.oeticket.at
6/30 - Berlin, Germany - Admiralspalst, (w/Czech National Symphony Orchestra) - www.eventim.de
7/04 - Milan, Italy - Civic Arena (w/Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana) - www.ticketone.it
7/05 - Rome, Italy - Auditoirum, Parco Della Musica (w/Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana www.ticketone.it

For more info, visit www.serjtankian.com.
 
 
 
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Biography

Serj Tankian is not what he used to be. [He's better.] The Lebanese-born Armenian-American poet gone wild has blossomed beyond voice and hair into true fire and brimstone, melodic visionary perched on a cannonball soaring light speed through the heavens, striking chords from every cloud and raining from the heart.

His newest solo project ELECT THE DEAD, where he plays just about every instrument, shows more range than the US Missile System, exploding the parameters of "political" or intellectual music into realms of just good shit.

Sonic sanctuary is the term that comes to mind when describing Serj's voice. An angel scribbling into the margins of a book, unholy, contemplating the afterfuture while indicting the overbearing presence of the present (that's poetry mumbo jumbo for "you'll find it pretty cool to hear your son singing along with this album…
You'll pat yourself on the back for raising kids with good taste").

Now pop it in your Prius and listen.
                                      -Saul Williams


One of the most unconventional frontmen in rock, Serj Tankian, the voice of System Of A Down, emerges as a solo artist with his debut album Elect The Dead. System Of A Down, whose five genre-bending studio albums have sold over 16 million copies, went on an extended hiatus in August 2006. Since then, Tankian had been holed up in his home studio in Los Angeles writing, recording, and producing Elect The Dead - an album that showcases the writing and arranging prowess of a man best known for his inimitable vocals, incisive lyrics, and unwavering dedication to humanitarian causes.

“Making Elect The Dead, I felt the exact same energy as I did recording System’s debut in 1998, that sense of open experimentation, the idea that ‘Wow, I’m actually doing this…’ I was living, eating, and shitting this music every day. I’d wake up in the morning and the thought of working on a song was so powerful I couldn’t focus on anything else.”

Neither a mellow excursion into world music or the frantic war-cry of System that some had predicted, Elect The Dead is multi-faceted and multi-layered. It contains elements of psychedelia, classical, and the trademark surrealist images and skewed time signatures that Tankian has made his own. It is both thought-provoking and from the heart.

“It’s definitely a rock record,” Tankian says enthusiastically. “It’s a moving album with a lot of ups and downs, starts and stops, and tempo changes. It’s depressing but it’s uplifting; it’s jazzy but it rocks.”

Born in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1967 to Armenian parents during tumultuous political times, Tankian lived in Beirut until 1975 when his family emigrated to Los Angeles. A graduate of Marketing & Business from California State University, Tankian was running his own business developing Propriety Vertical Industry Modular Accounting Software (surely a first for a budding rock star?) when in 1995 he co-founded System Of A Down with three friends from the Armenian-American community.

Over the next ten years, System rose to become one of the most inventive hard rock bands of their generation — a band with a conscience, a message, and a desire to constantly evolve. Tankian’s contributions included not only the confrontational and often cryptic lyrics, but also a unique singing voice heavily inspired by growing up listening to his father sing traditional Armenian music. Tankian sings in a cadence like no other: An abrasive, paint-stripping, pulpit-bashing roar one moment, a maudlin lament the next.

Having achieved their goals, the members of System Of A Down decided to pursue their own projects. Tankian continued his work with Axis Of Justice — the grass-roots activist organization he launched with Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello — and nurtured his own Serjical Strike Records. He also lent his vocal and remix skills to a number of artists, ranging from Tool and Deftones to Wu Tang Clan and Notorious B.I.G., and published a book of poetry, Cool Gardens (2002), which remains a best-selling poetry collection. In 2003, he recorded a pan-international sounding album with acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Arto Tunçboyacıyan, under the name SerArt.

It should, by now, be pretty obvious that Serj Tankian is not your typical frontman.

Which brings us back to Elect The Dead. Forget the endless parade of collaborators, guests, remixers, or producers, the album is entirely Serj, though SOAD’s John Dolmayan and Brian ‘Brain’ Mantia (Primus, Tom Waits, Guns N Roses) do lend their drumming skills to the project, and guitarist/bassist Dan Monti and opera soprano Ani Maldjian make an appearance as well.

“With Elect The Dead, the sky’s the limit. There are no barriers between myself and the listeners on this album. It’s more direct,” says Tankian. “It’s liberating because all the choices are mine. With this record all success or failure rests with me. It made me realize that I have an amazing life and I am getting to make a lot of my dreams come true.”