It isn’t the first time Serj Tankian has turned to an orchestra, he did so in 2010 when he rearranged Elect the Dead for a symphony. However, this time around, he has written a new symphony, ORCA. To get the piece performed and recorded, he has turned to fans to help raise the funds with a new Kickstarter campaign.
In his words…
I am very excited to share my most personal, compelling musical project to date: my first-ever full symphony called ORCA. I have an incredible opportunity to record and perform ORCA live with the world renowned Das Karussell Orchestra (featuring members of the Bruckner Orchester) at Brucknerhaus in Linz, Austria on October 28th, 2012 and with your involvement and support, we can make it happen!
ORCA is the first 4 act symphony that I have composed, a mix of early 20th century compositional styles combined with the powerful range of film scoring. I decided to name my symphony ORCA because orcas “appear to have no parallel outside humans” in terms of their cultural faculties. An orca is really a dolphin with much darker tendencies. I see this dichotomy as a great metaphor for humanity.
The goal is $25,000. With 21 days to go, Tankian has raised 25% of his goal. I don’t know about you, but I’d love to hear this and I hope you do too. You can hear a bit in the video below.