System of a Down front man Serj Tankian will release two new albums this Summer via his own Serjical Strike Records. The first of the two new records, Orca will be released first on June 25th. It will be followed up with the experimental jazz album, Jazz-iz Christ on July 23rd. Orca mixes influences of Twentieth Century composers with works written for modern films, showing a vast expanse of influences. Among those influences are the likes of Philip Glass and Ennio Morricone. It was originally composed in Tankian’s home studio, and came to fruition thanks to a Kickstarter campaign that helped bring it to life. Conductor Werner Steinmetz held the baton for the recording of the records four acts.
Jazz-iz Christ, the second of Tankian’s upcoming release this Summer, started with just Tankian himself. From there, it grew into a large collaborative effort that included work from: pianist Tigran Hamasyan, flautist Valeri Tolstov, and trumpet player Tom Duprey. Also making appearances on the new record are Stewart Copeland (The Police), actor/musician Davis Alpay, and Vincent Pedulla. The album contains a total of fifteen compositions, most of which are instrumental, save for four songs. That group of songs mix together progressive jazz, electronic, ethnic and rock elements.
Both Orca and Jazz-iz Christ will be available worldwide on iTunes, Amazon, and other online outlets including Tankian’s own website, http://www.serjtankian.com and the Serjical Strike website, http://www.serjicalstrike.com. Pre-orders for the deluxe limited editions of Orca begin this Wednesday, May 1st. The deluxe limited edition of Orca includes a 180-gram picture disc, swag, and a signed copy of the actual score for the record. Pre-orders for Jazz-iz Christ begin Wednesday, May 15th. Audiences can check out audio samples of both records at the Serjical Strike Records website.
A tour in support of both records will be held beginning September 19th at the Ukraina Hall in Ukraine. The tour will come on the heels of the current System of a Down tour. The current list of tour dates in support of Tankian’s new records is available below. More dates will be announced at a later date. To keep up with all of the latest tour information and news from Serj Tankian, fans can follow him on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Serjtankian and on his official website, http://www.serjtankian.com.
|19 Sep 13 Thu||Kiev||Ukraine||Ukraina Hall|
|21 Sep 13 Sat||Yekaterinburg||Russia||Kosmos Hall|
|23 Sep 13 Mon||Novosibirsk||Russia||DK Zheleznodorozhnik|
|25 Sep 13 Wed||Krasnoyarsk||Russia||Philharmony|
|27 Sep 13 Fri||Moscow||Russia||Crocus City Hall|
|28 Sep 13 Sat||St. Petersburg||Russia||Orjktybyrsky Concert Hall|
|03 Oct 13 Thu||Florence||Italy||Teatro Comunale|
|04 Oct 13 Fri||Padova||Italy||Gran Teatro Geox|
|05 Oct 13 Sat||Rome||Italy||Auditorium Parco Della Musica|
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