Serj Tankian has been quite busy as of late and as a result is independently releasing two albums this summer through his own Serjical Strike Records. Orca, Tankian’s first true symphony, will be released on June 25 and the collaborative jazz infused album Jazz-iz Christ will be released on July 23. Tankian is continuing his evolution by going from lead singer to full-fledge artist tapping the influences heard in System of a Down and his previous solo projects.
Recorded in Linz, Austria in October of 2012, Orca was composed and demoed in Tankian’s home studio. After a successful Kickstarter campaign that helped fund the recording and debut performance at the regal Brucknerhaus with the “Das Karussell Ensemble”, Tankian’s orchestral work is set to be unleashed. The four acts of Orca mix influences from early 20th century composers with modern film compositional dynamics showing influences ranging from Ennio Morricone to Philip Glass.
According to Tankian, “Orca is known as the killer whale, but is really a dark dolphin, a symbolism for human dichotomy.”
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.
Both albums will be available worldwide on iTunes, Amazon and other popular digital distributors. Physical copies of the music will only be available through his online webstore.
Pre-orders for the deluxe limited editions of Orca, which includes a 180 gram picture disc 12″ vinyl, t-shirt, audio CD, official show poster and an autographed book of the actual full concert score began earlier this week. today. There are only going to be 500 of them, so get yours before they are all sold out. You can pre-order the Limited Edition Orca Album Package Here.
Pre-orders for Jazz-iz Christ will commence on May 15.
Audio samples from both releases are available for preview on Serj’s official website.