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Serj Tankian Launches Fundraising Campaign to Record Classical Music Project, "Orca"

Image courtesy of Vahan Stepanian (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Vahan Stepanian (via ABC News Radio)

System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian wants you to help fund his new classical music project.  The singer has composed a symphony, titled Orca , which he will be performing live with the Das Karussell Orchestra in Austria on October 28.  Tankian has recently launched an account on Kickstarter.com , a website on which people can pledge money for creative projects, to raise money to record the upcoming performance.

“While I have rearranged some of my past rock compositions to be performed as orchestral pieces, such as the Elect the Dead Symphony in 2010, Orca is the first 4-act symphony that I have composed, a mix of early 20th century compositional styles combined with the powerful range of film scoring,” said Tankian in a statement.  “I decided to name my symphony Orca because orcas appear to have no parallel outside humans in terms of their cultural faculties.  An orca is really a dolphin with much darker tendencies.  I see this dichotomy as a great metaphor for humanity.”

The fundraiser for the project will end on October 26, with Tankian hoping to raise $25,000 by then.  For a $35 pledge, you'll receive an email thank you from Tankian, a digital and physical copy of the Orca album, and an autographed Orca score sheet.  The incentives become greater the more you pledge, right on up to lunch with Tankian, front-row VIP tickets to the concert in Austria, and personal recognition on stage from Tankian at the end of the performance.

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