The next project from Serj Tankian are ‘Orca’ and ‘Jazz-Iz-Christ’. The albums will be released on June 25 and July 23 respectively. Both albums will be released through his own Serjical Strike Records.
Jazz-iz Christ is Serj’s brainchild, but truly is a collaborative effort between many musicians that Tankian curated to be part of the group and self-titled album. Among others, there are considerable contributions from renowned pianist Tigran Hamasyan, flautist Valeri Tolstov, and trumpet player Tom Duprey. Additional performances from Stewart Copeland and actor/musician Davis Alpay and Vincent Pedulla make for a very unique collaboration. The 15 tracks that comprise Jazz-iz Christ, a mostly instrumental effort except for 4 tracks, are an amalgam of progressive jazz, electronic, ethnic and even rock elements, displaying a unique presentation of the genre itself.
1. Fish Don’t Scream
2. End of Time
4. Arpeggio Bust
5. Yerevan to Paris
6. Scotch in China
7. Distant Thing
8. Song of Sand
10. Balcony Chats
12. Waitomo Caves
13. Through Nights and Hopes
14. Papa Blue
15. Miso Soup
- ‘Jazz-Iz-Christ’ is available to pre-order now. Click here. [Deluxe package limited edition]
- ‘Jazz-Iz-Christ’ Audio CD. Click here.
Upon completion of System of a Down’s summer touring in August, Tankian will hang back in Europe until the commencement of his own solo orchestral tour dates that begin on September 19 in Kiev, Ukraine. The concert program will include all four acts of Orca, but will also incorporate performances of many songs from Elect The Dead Symphony, which achieved critical and commercial success upon it’s initial release and tour in 2010.
Confirmed tour dates below, with more to be announced in the days to come:
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