Multi-talented musician Serj Tankian has announced that he will be releasing not one but TWO albums this summer. The first release, Orca, will be Tankian’s first true symphony and has a release date of June 25th. This album was recorded with conductor Werner Steinmetz and features four acts that take influences from composers such as Ennio Morricone (John Carpenter’s The Thing) and Philip Glass (Candyman). Tankian states, “Orca is known as the killer whale, but is really a dark dolphin, a symbolism for human dichotomy.”
The second album is the jazz-infused Jazz-iz Christ, which comes out July 23rd. The album features contributions from some stellar musicians, including pianist Tigran Hamasyan, flautist Valeri Tolstov, trumpet player Tom Duprety, Stewart Copeland, and more. The album will feature 15 tracks, 11 of which are instrumental.
Both albums are the followup to 2012’s Harakiri. Below are the album covers for Orca and Jazz-iz Christ.