Serj Tankian

Serj Tankian

 

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Serj Tankian (Western Armenian: Սերժ Թանկեան, pronounced [ˈsɛɾʒ tʰɑnˈkjɑn]; born August 21, 1967) is an Armenian-American singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, poet and political activist. He is best known as the lead vocalist, songwriter, keyboardist, and occasional live rhythm guitarist of the alternative metal band System of a Down, formed in 1994.[2]

During his musical career, Tankian has released five albums with System of a Down, one with Arto Tunçboyacıyan (Serart), as well as the five solo albums Elect the Dead, Imperfect Harmonies, Harakiri, Orca, and Jazz-Iz-Christ. A live orchestral version of Elect the Dead incorporating the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra named Elect the Dead Symphony was released. In 2002, Tankian and Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello co-founded a non-profit political activist organization, Axis of Justice. Tankian also founded the music label Serjical Strike Records, and is represented by Velvet Hammer Music and Management Group under System of a Down. On August 12, 2011, Tankian was awarded the Armenian Prime Minister's Medal for his contributions to the recognition of the Armenian Genocide and the advancement of music.[3]

He is widely considered and ranked as one of the greatest vocalists in metal history,[4][5] with praise given to his unusual delivery and his wide vocal range. Serj Tankian is currently listed as one of the Top 100 Heavy Metal Vocalists by Hit Parader, ranked at #26.[6] A study conducted by VVN Music found Tankian to possess a moderately-high and diverse vocal range, not only in metal, but in all of popular music, with a range of 4.2 octaves. This range is comparable to Rob Halford, Elvis Presley, Freddie Mercury, Anthony Kiedis, Hansi Kürsch, and Steven Tyler (range of 4 octaves and 1 note).[7]

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System of a Down
 
Elect the Dead
 
Elect the Dead is the debut album by rock musician Serj Tankian, lead singer and founding member of Armenian-American metal quartet System of a Down.
Imperfect Harmonies
 
Imperfect Harmonies is the second studio album by Armenian-American singer Serj Tankian.
Harakiri
 
Harakiri is the third studio album by Armenian-American singer Serj Tankian.

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SYSTEM OF A DOWN's SERJ TANKIAN To Guest On ANTHONY BOURDAIN's 'Parts Unknown'
  –  April 11, 2018
According to The Pulse Of Radio, SYSTEM OF A DOWN frontman Serj Tankian will be a guest on the May 20 episode ... although it's been 13 years since they've released new music.
See Serj Tankian Talk Coffee and Creativity, Introduce His Armenian Coffee Brand
  –  April 11, 2018
System of a Down frontman, solo artist and score composer Serj Tankian invited us into his home in the Malibu mountains last year to shoot an exclusive three-part "The Art of Work" series. In episode two, he talks about his love of coffee and how it has ...
Serj Tankian guides Anthony Bourdain through Armenia in upcoming "Parts Unknown" episode
  –  April 11, 2018
During his episode, which airs May 20, the System of a Down frontman, who's of Armenian descent, guides Bourdain through the history and culture of the country. "Breaking bread with Tankian at the restaurant Dolmama in Yerevan, during dinners with locals ...
SYSTEM OF A DOWN's SERJ TANKIAN To Guest On ANTHONY BOURDAIN's 'Parts Unknown'
  –  April 11, 2018
According to The Pulse Of Radio, SYSTEM OF A DOWN frontman Serj Tankian will be a guest on the May 20 episode of Anthony Bourdain's CNN series "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown". The two will embark on a tour of Armenia with historian Richard Giragosian.
CNN’s ‘Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown’ Armenia-Artsakh Episode to Air May 20
  –  April 10, 2018
“Bourdain takes a wide-angle look at the culture and history of [Armenia], heavily influenced by Europe and Russia, with guides musician of Armenian descent Serj Tankian (System of a Down), and historian/Armenian resident Richard Giragosian,” part of ...
CNN to air “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” episode on Armenia May 20
  –  April 10, 2018
Bourdain takes a wide-angle look at the culture and history of this country with guides musician of Armenian descent Serj Tankian (System of a Down), and historian/Armenian resident Richard Giragosian, the CNN said as it announced the start of the Season ...
Serj Tankian Helps Prophets of Rage Tribute Chris Cornell
  –  March 23, 2018
(Radio.com) Chris Cornell will not be forgotten. The late Soundgarden singer was honored during a recent Prophets of Rage concert in Auckland, New Zealand, when the band was joined by System of a Down's Serj Tankian to cover Audioslave's 2002 track, "Like ...

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