Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and political activist Serj Tankian took part in a live online video chat via Ustream on Monday, September 20. You can now watch the 25-minute question-and-answer session below.
Tankian will guest on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" with host Bob Coburn on Monday, October 18 at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET. Fans are encouraged to speak with Tankian by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625).
For more information, visit RocklineRadio.com.
Released on September 21, "Imperfect Harmonies" is the second solo effort 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.
"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."