Yerevan, Armenia – VI·ZA took the stage in Yerevan at the Karen Demirchyan Hamalir Complex on November 20, 2017 to headline a special concert. Joined by Sebu Simonian of Capital Cities, Sirusho and Heavy Machinery, the evening offered VI·ZA’s Armenia based fans a special chance to hear the band once again, and also to listen to other talented acts. VI·ZA’s last performance in Armenia took place in 2010, as direct support for System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian’s solo European tour.
“It was joyous to be back in this wonderful city, the show itself was magnificent and even though we were a little handicapped without Shant who couldn’t make this trip due to personal obligations it still went flawless. Also the food was delicious, the weather was crisp and the city’s spirit was alive.” K’noup said.
VI·ZA’s Armenia concert came against the backdrop of VI·ZA’s new material releases, which have been unveiled on the first of every month since August 1, 2017, and will continue into 2018. The band is considering compiling all the new releases as an album at some point in the next year, with the Armenia performance already offering continued inspiration for new material to be added to the band’s monthly clips. VI·ZA’s next song is named “Aphrodite” and will be released on the group’s dedicated YouTube channel (details below) on December 1, 2017.
After returning to the stage in early 2017 the band has been writing and recording actively the past several months, concentrating on composing new material as the band enters a new chapter of its growth. The songwriting effort of the group has already resulted in a near complete process of recording and mixing 6 exciting and groundbreaking tracks, with plans underway for even more new material to continue moving forward in 2018.The band has been recording with talented recording engineer YuryAnisonyan out of Live Wire Studios in Los Angeles. Anisonyan brings his expertise and unique mixing philosophy to VI·ZA’s sound, creating a unique tapestry of soundscapes.
Each new song will be released on VI·ZA’s dedicated YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/ExperienceViza.
VI·ZA’s new materialis an exploration of sounds both old and new, and is sure to pique the interest of both diehard fans and new listeners. With vocals and a diverse array of instruments like the oud and duduk to combine with guitar, bass and drums, there are some exciting possibilities when it comes to both the core and potential artistic horizon of the band’s sound. Song titles include “Cash Karma”, “Viktorious”, “A World of Broken Mirrors”, “Aphrodite”, “Velvet Shade” and “Vicious Game”, representing diverse but resonant themes ranging from satire, continuity and social commentary to raw human emotions like love, loss and passion. Whether it’s VI·ZA’s bread and butter energetic style of pulsing percussion with exotic melodies or experimental ideas exploring the spiritual side of their art, the guys promise to keep things interesting with fans coming back for more, especially when it comes to documenting their work in the studio.
Keep an eye out for the band on Facebook (www.facebook.com/vizamusic) and Instagram (@vizamusic).
After releasing several albums, performing at major festivals worldwide, joining System of a Down frontman SerjTankian for two worldwide tours and supporting Gogol Bordello and Skindred, VIZA is looking to explore a new dimension of sound. As a fixture of the Sunset club scene known for energetic and captivating live performances, VIZA is sure to deliver excitement in the form of shows and new songs in 2017.