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    Tue, 10 Aug 2010 12:03:05

    Serj Tankian Postpones Release Date for "Imperfect Harmonies" For Environmental Reasons - He will also tour this fall

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    Some artists really have a conscious and put their money where their mouths are and Serj Tankian, late of System of a Down, is one of those artists! The singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and political activist has postponed the street date of his new solo album, entitled Imperfect Harmonies, in order to package the recording in the same tree-free paper he used for his previous release, Elect the Dead. The eco-friendly paper was not available to create the packaging for Imperfect Harmonies in time to make the previously announced street date of September 7 so he pushed it until the packaging was available. Wow. There is no such thing as lip service in Serj Tankian's world and that is why we love him. Serjical Strike/Reprise Records will now release Imperfect Harmonies on September 21. The album is the second solo released 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 this new platter himself, at his home studio in Los Angeles.

    "Where Elect the Dead was essentially a rock record with progressive melodic elements," Tankian said in a statement. "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."

    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 also said. "And that became one of the primary colors for this record along with electronic, jazz, and live instrumentation." While it may seem a bit of a self-indulgent effort on the surface, hey, it's Serj and he's earned it.

    US and Canadian tour dates are below:

    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 Philadelphia, 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

    Are you a System of a Down fan who is very interested in Serj Tankian's solo work? What do you think of his effort to use tree-free paper causing you to have to wait two weeks?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    08.10.10




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