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Serj Tankian’s composition dedicated to Armenian Genocide to premiere in Glendale

Singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, poet and political activist Serj Tankian has chosen Lark Musical Society to premiere his new symphonic composition “100 Years” that he co-wrote with New Zealand composer John Psathas.

Tankian and Psathas wrote “100 Years” for the centennial commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. Lark Musical Society is proud to have this honor and will use it to mark the beginning of 100 events sponsored by LARK in commemoration of the Armenian Genocide.

The event will take place at the prestigious Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena on September 20, 2014.
The program, titled “Perennial Pilgrims,” will also feature choruses from Wagner, Verdi, Tchouhadjian, Tigranian as well as two acts from Serj Tankian’s Orca Symphony.

Lark Musical Society is a non-profit organization based in Glendale, California, dedicated toward the preservation and enrichment of classical music through performance, education and research

Serj posted the following message on his Facebook page

Hello Friends,

Just one week left for the world premiere of my new symphonic piece “100 years”, co-written by John Psathas, honoring the victims of the genocide presented by Lark Musical Society as part of their annual fundraising program. The funds will be used to help teach music and the arts to young and old. They will also play movements 1 and 4 of my first symphony Orca. Details below.

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Listen To Serj Tankian Try His Hand At EDM

Musician, composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, poet, political activist and System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian can now add ‘EDM star’ to his already lengthy CV. The multi-talented singer recently lent his voice to a track by producer Benny Benassi called Shooting Helicopters.

A three-minute teaser of the track has been released online, featuring Tankian’s distinctive vocal stylings, which build to a high-pitched climax before the inevitable bass drop. The full version of the song is expected to be released soon.

This isn’t the System of a Down frontman’s first foray into the world of dance music either. Tankian was recently announced as one of the many guest stars on Avicii‘s upcoming sophomore album, along with Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, Chris Martin and Jon Bon Jovi.

While System of a Down haven’t released any new albums since 2005′s Hypnotize, Tankian has been busy at work releasing five solo records and numerous collaborations. Just last year, Tankian worked with Ihsahn and Devin Townsend for charity project Revolution Harmony, and appeared on rapper Tech N9ne‘s album Something Else.

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Serj To Compose Soundtrack For Future Film About Armenian Genocide


August 12, 2010 Serj Tankian at Armenian Genocide Memorial Yerevan / Armenia Photo Credit: Erik Weiss

YEREVAN, April 25. / ARKA /. A Russian Armenian movie producer Valery Saharyan is going to make a film about the Armenian Genocide starring Adrien Brody, Dustin Hoffman and Alain Delon, LifeNews says.

Valery Saharyan is the CEO of Armenia Production. His grandmother was a genocide survivor.

“She jumped into the burning tandoor (a cylindrical clay oven dug in the earth used in cooking and baking) being confident that she would die. But she survived and lived for 111 years, telling all the horrors she saw with her own eyes to me,’ Saharyan says.

He plans to make Delon a main character of his film titled “Patient”, which takes place in a psychiatric clinic in Paris. The protagonist is the Armenian composer Komitas, who after witnessing the horrors of the genocide, was not able to recover from the shock he experienced. He died after staying in the clinic for 20 years.

Saharyan recalls a trip to Armenia with Alain Delon, where near a monument to the victims of genocide the actor was so overcome with emotion that he broke into tears.

Saharyan recently contacted Serj Tankian, the winner of Grammy and former head of the System of a Down, who willingly agreed to write the soundtrack for the future film. The Oscar winner Adrien Brody is supposed to play the main part in the film.

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