Serjical Strike

Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and political activist Serj Tankian will release a new solo album, titled Imperfect Harmonies, on Serjical Strike/Reprise Records on September 7th, 2010. The album is the second solo release from the System Of A Down frontman, following up his critically acclaimed 2007 solo debut Elect the Dead. As with Elect the Dead, Tankian produced Imperfect Harmonies himself at his home studio in Los Angeles.

“Where Elect the Dead was essentially a rock record with progressive melodic elements,” Tankian says, “Imperfect Harmonies could be classified as rock because it is punchy with many peaks throughout, but the instrumentation is somewhat different. Though there are live drums, bass, and some guitars, the driving aspects are electronic and orchestral. It’s quite unique in its sound palette. This is, in essence, music that has sat in the vat and matured to a ripe sensation and is now ready to serve.”

Imperfect Harmonies is as powerful and musically eclectic as its predecessor. “I have been calling the music ‘electro-orchestral-jazz-rock’ because it has all of those aspects in prominence within the songs,” Tankian says. “A few are more stripped down, but the majority of the songs have this huge wall of sound presented in a way I’ve never heard before. It’s not common to have a song that is both electronic and orchestral since one is synthetic and the other organic, but I found a way of meshing a lot of these colors together.”

The album has been influenced by Tankian’s experience making Elect the Dead Symphony, a symphonic interpretation of his debut that had its inaugural performance in New Zealand with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in March 2009. The performance has been captured on the CD/DVD Elect the Dead Symphony. “The making of Elect the Dead Symphony gave me the confidence and tools to create ensemble pieces for orchestra more confidently and effectively than before,” Tankian says. “And that became one of the primary colors for this record along with electronic, jazz, and live instrumentation.”

Tankian has a series of upcoming live Elect the Dead Symphony shows planned for the summer, as well as the kickoff to the Imperfect Harmonies World Tour in August with a series of European festivals and headlining shows, including appearances at Belgium’s Pukkelpop and the Leeds and Reading festivals in the U.K. All upcoming tour dates are as follows:

6/24 Prague, Czech Republic Mala Sportovni Hall*
6/27 Linz, Austria Brucknerhaus*
6/30 Berlin, Germany Admiralspalst*
7/04 Milan, Italy Arcimboldi Theatre*
7/05 Rome, Italy Parco Della Musica*
7/09 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheater*
8/07 Pori, Finland Sonisphere Festival
8/09 Gothenburg, Sweden Tradgarn
8/10 Cophenhagen, Denmark Vega
8/12 Yerevan, Armenia Hamalir
8/14 Sibiu, Romania ARTmania Festival
8/15 Burgas Bulgaria Spirit of Burgas Festival
8/17 Athens, Greece Terra Vibe Park
8/20 St. Polton, Austria Frequency Festival
8/21 Hasselt, Belgium Pukkelpop Festival
8/22 Biddinghuizen, Holland Lowlands Festival
8/24 Hamburg, Germany Grosse Freiheit
8/25 Cologne, Germany E-Werk
8/27 Leeds, UK Leeds Festival
8/28 Reading, UK Reading Festival
8/30 Paris, France Bataclan
8/31 Zurich, Switzerland Sportzentrum Tagerhatd
9/01 Bologna, Italy Estragon
9/12 Calgary, AB Jack Singer Concert Hall
9/13 Edmonton, AB Winspear Centre
9/15 Vancouver, BC The Centre For Performing Arts
9/17 San Francisco, CA Nob Hill Masonic Center
9/18 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre
9/20 San Diego, CA Humphreys
9/23 Austin, TX The Backyard
9/25 Detroit, MI Fox Theater
9/26 Chicago, IL House of Blues
9/28 Buffalo, NY Center For The Arts
9/29 Toronto, ON Queen Elizabeth Theatre
9/30 Montreal, QC St. Denis Theatre
10/02 Phildelphia, PA Keswick Theatre
10/03 New York, NY Hammerstein Ballroom
10/07 Tampa, FL Mahaffey Theater
10/08 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live @ Universal Studios
10/09 Miami Beach, FL Fillmore Miami Beach

*denotes Elect the Dead Symphony show

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