LAKESHORE RECORDS TO RELEASE TWO NEW FILM SCORES BY SERJ TANKIAN


Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter, poet and visual artist Serj Tankian will soon add two more scores to his expanding repertoire of film composing.  Lakeshore Records will release Tankian’s Intent to Destroy—Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on November 17thon iTunes and Apple Music and on other platforms November 24th.   Lakeshore will also release his score Furious—The Legend of Kolovrat—Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on December 8th. 

Intent to Destroy directed by Academy Award nominee Joe Berlinger, is a powerful and poignant film that dissects genocide denialism. The film, which recently qualified for Oscar consideration, outlines the century old denial campaign of the Armenian Genocide by the Turkish government and brings it into the current age of disinformation and scare tactics. Tankian handled the film score accordingly, infusing old and new, melancholic acoustic ethnic instruments with dissonant and unhinged ambient, rhythmical, and processed instruments.  The film was released in theatres on November 10th. 

Says Tankian: "Hands down one of the most powerful films I've ever seen let alone been a part of. It was a unique experience for me to be in the film and compose the music for it as well. To musically match the historical reality of the Armenian Genocide with the nefarious modern Turkish denial of the truth, I employed a hybrid of classical, ethnic and modern electronic instruments melting in the Duduk and Oud with processed ambient and arpeggiated instruments to match the story."


Furious—The Legend Of Kolovrat is a Russian historical fantasy film set in the 13th Century directed by Ivan Shurkhovetskly about the Ryazan knight Evpaty Kolovrat—the leader of a seventeen-man squad who defend against thousands of Mongol warrior hordes and their leader Batu Khan.  Tankian incorporates sweeping sounds of a large orchestral ensemble, bombastic percussion, soaring choir, traditional folk instrumentation and attacking metal guitars to match the action packed tone of the film.

Says Tankian: "I'm a huge fan of historical action films, so I welcomed the opportunity to create my first epic score for "Furious." We used a full orchestra with epic percussion, a huge choir, ethnic instruments and a wall of electric guitars. It's truly a kick-ass score." 

Jeremy [Six Strings]

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