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YESTERDAY

VIZA is back at it again, teeing up new material for imminent release before the end of 2022. The first track from this new effort which will see daylight soon is titled “Yesterday”, with many more compositions slated for a continuous stream of releases over the coming months into 2023.

“The ideas just kept pouring out – sometimes on the oud and sometimes on the guitar – and in bringing this out to the universe it became clear that this kind of special feeling was back to create and record again,” said oud player Andrew Kzirian. “Emerging from the pandemic and what we all dealt with the past couple of years, in an odd twist, I basically wrote a substantial collection of material in the evenings and on weekends when the environment was a bit more subdued and quieter, and organized it all together along with scores of ideas from over the years that have been sitting dormant in laptop spreadsheets, mobile to-do lists and voice memos.”

“And most importantly – it’s exciting to start sharing them with the world,” he added.

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When it comes to symbolic storytelling and compelling soundscapes, VIZA is no stranger to adventure and Yesterday is no exception. As a story of inseparable memory and deep, personalized emotion, revealing a weaving tale of two siblings and their experiences together over several years and stages of their lives, Yesterday incorporates classic VIZA elements such as soft, sweet sections of spiritual singing set against folky, dancey grooves, juxtaposed with intensely passionate choruses where the music intensely transforms into a life of its own.

“Yesterday all my troubles seemed so far away…wait wrong song.  Aside from the Beatles similarity within the title, Yesterday is classic VIZA built on a solid rhythm, honest lyrics and a catchy ear worm chorus,” said frontman Knoup.

K’noup

The team has been hard at work and is excited for the coming months where a substantial amount of new material will be shared with fans. Yesterday, quite fittingly, is just the beginning of this new effort.

“I’m really looking forward to the release of this new song,” said guitarist Shant Bismejian. “And this is just the beginning, as we have several other new tracks we are recording right now,” he added.

Yesterday and all following releases will be available on all major streaming platforms for your listening pleasure and/or purchase.

Make sure to stay tuned for more information and updates as we continue our work!

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VIZA RELEASES ‘LOYAL TEA’ THE SINGLE

Los Angeles, CA – VI·ZA is thrilled to release their first single of 2020 – Loyal Tea – a song that brings back classic tones of the band while guest starring former bandmates. Danny Shamoun, who was a vital part of the songwriting in the album Maktub is at spotlight once again in ‘Loyal Tea’, lending his percussive skills on all things Arabic.

“I remember when I first wrote ‘Loyal Tea’ it was honestly not with the intention of it becoming a VIZA song because the chords behind it had a different mode, but I had invited Danny to record on it, and the minute he did the whole complexion of the song turned its face to VIZA and I certainly couldn’t question it.” says K’noup.

The song features beautifully constructed oud melodies by theoudplayer as well catchy duduk licks by Jivan all the while Shant Bismejian rhythmically carries the belly of the song with his glistening guitars. “I recorded the guitars on my couch with 2 cats staring at me.” says Shant gleefully.

VIZA continues to write and record throughout the new year, lookout for more to come.

Keep an eye out for the band on Facebook (www.facebook.com/vizamusic) and Instagram (@vizamusic).

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Music by VI*ZA

Lyrics by K’noup

Percussion by Danny Shamoun

Produced by K’noup

Recorded & Mixed by Yury Anisonyan at Live Wire Studios

Mastered by Andy VanDette at Engine Room Audio, NYC

Graphic Design by Mher Vahakn

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Lyrics:

Disappointed and I’m coming down with something nasty.

I’m passing out in a pond of doubt. 

Drink your ‘Loyal Tea’ and spit it up on the ground.

I hereby appoint you minister of things that matter sinister. 

You’re vinegar.  

Drink your ‘Loyal Tea’ and spit it up on the ground.

Take the money in the acid rain.

Take the bounties to my name and enjoy your fame.

Drink your ‘Loyal Tea’ and spit it up on the ground.

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VI·ZA RELEASES “PATHWAY” MUSIC VIDEO ON 1.6.20

VI·ZA RELEASES “PATHWAY” MUSIC VIDEO

Los Angeles, CA – VI·ZA is excited to announce a new music video for the band’s recent release “Pathway”, which was the final song from the highly anticipated “The Unorthodox Revival: Volume II” EP. The music video will be unveiled on January 6, 2020 on the band’s YouTube channel

“Everyone is very excited to release this video,” stated theoudplayer Andrew Kzirian. “We poured our heart and soul into this project, and were fortunate to work with a great team all around to create an amazing final product,” he added.

Photo by Jake Hagopian

The Pathway music video was filmed in Los Angeles, led by director Lara Aslanian and producer Nicole Smolen of Wanderlux Productions Inc. “Our close mutual friend Ara Soudjian, a talented director the band had worked with before, made the introduction to Lara and Nicole and we hit it off immediately – and Lara helped us realize a powerful vision to help capture the essence of Pathway,” said Kzirian.

“Directing the ‘Pathway’ music video was such an incredible experience for me. I am grateful for the hard work of my incredible crew and to have had the opportunity to work with the band. This talented group was an absolute pleasure to work with. Thank you VI·ZA for allowing me to tell this story and to bring this great song to life!” said Aslanian. “It was a pleasure to produce VI·ZA’s latest music video: “Pathway” – from the incredible cast and crew members to the location, everything came together beautifully. Wanderlux Productions, Inc. is proud to have collaborated with a band that possesses such a unique, signature style,” said Smolen.

Director Lara Aslanian
Photo by Jake Hagopian

Without giving away too much, the video features a powerful story which complements the impactful arrangement of this heavy-hitting track. “I’ve always loved being on set as a little part of me sometimes craves to be an actor.  Pathway brought out that part of me,” said frontman K’noup Tomopoulos.

Photo by Jake Hagopian

“And none of this could have been possible without the involvement of Jean-Michel Kampf and his charitable foundation My Ouai Production! which helped bring this all to fruition,” said Kzirian. 

My Ouai Production!, a charity headed by philanthropist and music connoisseur Jean-Michel Kampf, is based in Paris, France, and played a major role in bringing the Pathway music video to life. The foundation is dedicated to helping disabled children thrive through artistic awakening, and has teamed up with the band over the past year to work in tandem in bringing music and assistance to worthwhile charitable causes together to improve the lives of disabled youth. “With our track record of teaming with charitable foundations over the years, working with Jean-Michel’s organization is a natural fit for us,” said Kzirian.

“I am very happy to join forces with VI·ZA, and especially to collaborate with our charitable foundation My Ouai! Production to assist children with disabilities in enjoying and exploring music”, said founder Jean-Michel Kampf. “We are proud to release the Pathway music video and look forward to furthering this rewarding partnership in the months and years to come,” he added.

Pathway’s music video also featured the talents of noted art director and stylist Vartuhi Oganesyan. “It was amazing having had the opportunity to art direct and style for the music video for such a compelling song as ‘Pathway’. The band has very impressionable sounds and stories behind their music, and the entire cast and crew worked with passion and vigor to bring this song to life,” said Oganesyan.

Fresh off successful performances at Aftershock Festival in late 2018 and a headliner show in Paris in May 2019, VI·ZA has been inspired to expand its horizons and is excited to release the music video for the song “Pathway”, which was recorded with talented recording engineer Yury Anisonyan out of Live Wire Studios in Los Angeles. Anisonyan provided expertise and a unique mixing philosophy to VI·ZA’s sound, creating a unique tapestry of soundscapes.

Photo by Jake Hagopian

“As engineer and mixer for the song, this one felt special. I’m a fan of heavy music so the heavy guitars got me from the get go. The vocal harmonies and the oud arrangements made the song easily one of my favorites that I have worked on. Upon seeing the video, it all came together and the story was complete.  I love how dark and energetic the video is,” said Anisonyan.

Actress Jenny Cipolla
Photo by Jake Hagopian

All new songs and music videos will be released on VI·ZA’s dedicated YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/ExperienceViza.

Keep an eye out for the band on Facebook (www.facebook.com/vizamusic) and Instagram (@vizamusic).

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VIZA RELEASES EROS THE SINGLE

Los Angeles, CA – VI·ZA is excited to announce a new digital song release for 2019. Following the online releases of “The Unorthodox Revival: I and II” amidst acclaim and the anticipation of a loyal fan base, “Eros” has now arrived for listeners to enjoy a nostalgic piece of the band, expressed with today’s sensibilities and experiences.

“Eros was written ten years ago and was meant to be the self title track to EROS the album, but it lacked a certain musical movement so I shelved it until it came to me naturally ten years later,” said frontman K’noup Tomopoulos.

Fresh off successful performances at Aftershock Festival in late 2018 and a headliner show in Paris in May 2019, VI·ZA has been inspired to expand its horizons and write new material, and “Eros” signals a return to the studio in emphatic fashion, continuing work with talented recording engineer Yury Anisonyan out of Live Wire Studios in Los Angeles. Anisonyan provided expertise and a unique mixing philosophy to VI·ZA’s sound, creating a unique tapestry of soundscapes.

“Eros came out beautifully,” said theoudplayer. “It’s a powerful song with wonderful depth and style – a true VI·ZA classic brought to life years after it started – it’s kind of fitting to release this song now so many years later,” he added.

Featuring duduk and oud accompanied with some of VI·ZA’s classical arrangement styles and driving beats, Eros exemplifies the band’s signature sound and will surely pique the interest of the band’s dedicated fans, and also those looking for something artistically engaging and unique.

All new songs will be released on VI·ZA’s dedicated YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/ExperienceViza.

Keep an eye out for the band on Facebook (www.facebook.com/vizamusic) and Instagram (@vizamusic).

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 2019 and beyond.

 

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