Serj Tankian: Vocals
Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Dan Monti: Acoustic guitar, backing vocals
Erwin Khackikian: Piano
Source Format Quality Complete Length
PRO#1 MP4/FLV 10.0 No <1
Borders Are (Poem)
Serj: Borders surround. Borders bound. Borders marginalized. Borders frame. Borders divide. Borders kill. Borders are the ultimate man made wall separating and differentiating us beyond our cultures, beyond our beliefs. Borders are subjective, unnatural lines drawn by humans delineating land, water, and air for partisan collective utilization. If borders were natural, other animals, in fact all beings would be bound by them. Indigenous cultures never recognized borders. Cognizant of the fact that the land owns us and not the other way around. Borders lead to war, occupation, bigotry, even genocide. Worst of all, borders are a deceptive yet constant reinforcement of the notion that we are alone. Separate from each other and all things around us. The multi-layered borders of our lives stratify separation in its undignified multiple definitions. There are people dying in Kashmir due to border disputes. Shots are fired daily between North and South Korea. The Berlin Wall separated the German people for a half a century. Israel and Palestine continue to endure conflict over their borders. Ottoman, modern day Turkey felt they had to carry out genocide to protect their borders. Their borders, their fucking borders. Borders represent the foundation of civilization, expansionism, abuse of capitalism, and presumptuous occupation. Floods don't recognize borders. Earthquakes don't recognize borders. Diseases, famine, drought, don't recognize borders. Why the fuck should we? ????? [In German]. What's up ?????? I wanna thank the Czech National Symphony Orchestra for coming along. Antonin Hradil, Jan Chalupecky
Sky Is Over
Serj: ?????. ... ????? ?????.
Lie Lie Lie
Serj: Thank you. Thank you. You guys are-you guys are ????? ????? ?????. I don't know if you know this: classical music was played in theaters like this and people weren't silent. They were like you, they used to talk, they used to eat, they used to call out to the band. And it's so sad that classical music's turned into an elitist persuasion. So, we're changing it around today with our music, our songs, and you guys. Thanks for-thanks for being here.
Serj: Thank you.
Serj: Beautiful. Thanks everybody, that's Antonin Hradil.
Serj: This is a song called "Gate 21".
Serj: Thank you. You guys are awesome, thank you. Uhm, so this is a brand new song that we have fore you called "Peace Be Revenged". It's an orchestral version of the song that's gonna be on the record called "Imperfect Harmonies" in September...
Peace Be Revenged
Serj: Thank you. These guys are like ????? rockers they are playing it so fast, it's incredible.
Serj: Thank you. On piano, Mr. Erwin Khackikian.
Elect The Dead
Serj: Beautiful, that's beautiful.
Serj: Break down all those fucking walls! Czech National Symphony Orchestra. The F.C.C.. Goodnight Berlin.
Ex-system-of-a-Down singer Serj Tankian goes beyond the boundaries between rock, jazz, musical, dance and orchestral music.
Berlin there are fond of pointing to the style of the culturally Outstanding - because it fits like a harp in the orchestra, that ex-system-of-a-Down singer Serj Tankian has chosen the historic Admiral Palace, to play a concert with a rarity: He leads his first solo album "Elect the Dead" (2007) to completely rearranged for classical instruments. He himself is the front man of the orchestra, as is understood. With these performances, the singer is currently touring the world - and already is playing a few songs from the new album "Imperfect Harmonies", which is to appear in August or September 2010.
Before the Palace of the Admiral expected unaccustomed sight: Gothic girls were raised with metal-Kids in a row, Armenian compatriots are looking forward to Serj and a few suits can also be seen. In the venerable Palace of Culture to look for bikers volltätowierte their seats, while others are still discussing who is sitting at whose place. Culture has finally prescribed seating arrangements.
Clock at 20.15, the orchestra is welcomed - and like football stars in the stadium, while Serj Tankian himself as the great master of ceremonies is received, as he is now also shown. 75 minutes he will play songs from his two solo albums. Without electric guitar. Without a drummer in the metal sense. With classical instruments. This is not rock and roll in the usual sense live, because there is little movement and only a Spartan light show works, but is excellent at least three of four songs.
Some of the "Elect the Dead" songs are still too much written for a rock band, so in the verse / chorus / verse brace caught, and to enchant classical instrumentation limited, but that is the exception. Just "Money," "Lie Lie Lie" and especially "Honking Antelope" work very well. The new songs such as "Gate 21" or "Borders Are" with its almost "The Doors moderate" poem-lectures are specifically designed for the large production unde accordance with kin and final are only the "Elect the Dead" hit "Empty Walls "as an encore topped.
No on-tape, just under € 50 entrance fee, only almost every song has fired - was it worth it? Yes, it was. The boundaries between different audience groups Serj Tankian burst as easily as that between rock, jazz, musical, dance and orchestral music, of course. He managed a coup, which he in the new song "Borders Are" explicit: to ignore boundaries. So really no one goes home disappointed. And by the way the likeable singer gets in the white suit even the loudest applause, which you can get in Berlin during a performance only. Was it that finally a "rock" concert "in a concert hall with great acoustics took place? Actually, no matter the great evening all around.
By: Tobias Gerber (welt.de) [Translated with Google Translate]