Serj Tankian, lead singer of the rock band System of a Down, has chosen Cinebarre as the first location in the Southeast to premiere his concert film, 'Elect the Dead Symphony'.
Tankian, a Grammy Award winner and one of rock’s most unconventional frontmen, took to the stage in March of 2009 to perform a very special orchestral interpretation of his critically acclaimed debut solo album Elect the Dead. The dynamic one-off performance was recorded and filmed in HD by six cameras, and the dramatic result has been captured in his Elect the Dead Symphony film.
Here's more from the press release we just received:
With the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra at his side, Tankian’s epic songs and operatic vocals take on a whole new sense of grandeur when performed by a full 70-piece orchestra, while the movie’s sweeping edits showcase the drama of the concert. This unique meshing of two very different musical worlds was a vision Tankian has long wanted to make a reality. What sets Elect The Dead Symphony apart from other successful pairings between rock artists and orchestras is that Tankian specifically rearranged his songs to be performed with only orchestral instruments.
Tankian's & System of a Down's fans from the area submitted Cinebarre as the place to premiere his film, and Serj followed through. The film is being distributed by Cinema Purgatorio, a custom film and distribution company which prides itself in its quest to "celebrate and accelerate the unusual and the unique."
Cinebarre will premiere Serj Tankian’s Elect the Dead Symphony concert film for a one night only screening on Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 8:00pm.
Tickets are $8 and will be sold at the door, but those interested in attending are recommended to get them in advance at Cinebarre, located at 963 Houston Northcutt Boulevard.