Viza

Viza

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Visa is old-soul, take-you-to-another-place music at its finest. It’s poignantly emotive, hard-charging, no-boundary world that will lift you out of your seat whether you’re a hard-to-please grandparent or a punk-rocking prep.

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Biography

Viza has captivated the global music scene with erratically amusing blend of international rock.
In 2010, Viza supported System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian’s solo tour in Europe, in the cities of Yerevan, Athens, Hamburg, Cologne, Paris, Zurich and Bologna. “Viza is one of the most unique and interesting bands I have ever encountered. Their live shows are energetic and fun," describes Serj Tankian. Viza was invited back to Europe in 2011to perform at the Rockwave Festival in Athens, Greece, a headline show in Paris, France and Malmofestivalen in Malmo, Sweden.

Viza’s extensive performances at home in Southern California, the East Coast, Canada and Europe also serve as their voice for promoting social consciousness of human rights and community issues. Formerly known as Visa, the band released two EPs and two full length albums, along with a award winning music video. In the De Facto and Eros albums, the music is pervaded by sonorities taken from Arabic, Armenian and Greek traditions blended with elements of rock and dance. In the Made in Chernobyl, Russian and Eastern European styles and themes take center stage.

Carnivalia is Viza’s most animated album, a journey through a theme park derived from satirical to dramatic influences. Recorded by Jared Lee Gosselin (D12, Macy Gray) at Frank Zappa’s UMRK Studios, Viza’s third full length album is inspired from System of a Down’s notorious screams and riffs and Gogol Bordello’s multi-cultural rhapsodies. Carnivalia is “the strangest show on earth” where “Everybody wants Money!” and the “Magic Ladder” to god is but an illusion.

To launch the release of Carnivalia in January 2012, Viza will embark on a European tour of Cologne, Frankfurt, Munich, and Hamburg in Germany, Turino, Italy, Budapest, Hungary and Paris, France.

The Band Members:

K’noup – voice, 12 string acoustic guitar
Born in Kastoria, Greece, K’noup is the mastermind behind the music and lyrics. K’noup orchestrates the band flawlessly as if they have been playing together all their life. He is part villain, part renaissance romantic. Founder of Neurobox, a mature metal band with a wordly Dimmu Borgiesque bent, he moved to LA from NYC after 9/11. Knoup meaning mosquito in Greek was a nickname given by friends who itched for more every time they saw him perform.

Orbel Babayan – electric guitar, tar, saz
Orbel grew up in a house of musicians. He plays the guitar and the tar and tours with international Persian singer Andy. Orbel was impressed by Viza’s musical qualities and unique arrangements. He contributes different instrumental melodies to Viza’s music. Orbel performed with Rama Duke in the Warped Tour 2007.

Shant Bismejian – electric guitar, bouzouki
Shant picked up his first guitar when he was six. He grew up listening to his grandfather and father playing the oud, an ancient Arabic string instrument. After a few jam sessions with K’noup, Shant knew he could contribute his unique perspective to Viza. Shant has become an integral part of the creative process with Viza. His musical talent is also expressed in his other band, Ed. At the same time, Shant is learning the music industry while working at an independent record label.

Andrew Kzirian - oud
With years of experience on the east coast's vibrant music scene, Andrew has performed on the oud in a wide spectrum of musical genres from rock and metal to middle eastern folk and classical music. Andrew strives to contribute to Visa's creative energy through the use of the oud, providing insightful improvisation and dynamics for the group. Andrew is also an accomplished attorney and human rights activist.

Alex Khatcherian – bass
Everyone agrees that Alex is all smiles. In 2001 at a System of a Down concert, he realized he wanted to perform in front of large crowds. Alex was a member of Neurobox and then naturally moved along with Viza. Having a full load as a biology major at UCSB, he drives to LA every week to practice with the band. Alex also sings for Ed, his punk band. If he is not hitting the books or playing the bass, he is playing poker with his buddies.


Chris Daniel - percussion
At the age of 20, Chris is the youngest and newest addition to the band. Chris has been playing the drums since he was 7. Two nights before a big Viza show, Chris was asked to play the hand percussion having only had six months of experience. His performance was so phenomenal that he became the pulse of the band.

Hiram Rosario – drums
From NYC, Hiram played beat box/hip hop on the streets, drummed to rappers. He met K’noup while working at catering business and felt an immediate chemistry. Nirvana’s Dave Grohl is Hiram’s greatest inspiration. When he is not drumming, he manages a specialty automotive bookstore. His metal past and sense of humor influence his creativity in Viza.

Lyrics

It's All Wrong

Written By: K'noup

I hang with stalkers cause they're never a bore.
I play piano for the babies of war.
It's All Wrong!

I'll bring you roses, I'll spit on your chest.
I wear my heart on a bullet-proof vest.
It's All Wrong!

Suddenly there's light that hides your face...erase it.
Suddenly it's all wrong!

I'm made of honor, i'm made of the best.
I'm made in Chernobyl that's everyones guess.
It's All Wrong!

Suddenly there's light that hides your face...erase it.
Suddenly it's all wrong!

Fork in the Road

Written By: K'noup

Keep your kids by the fireplace, sound the alarms there’s a storm on the way.
Keep your kids by the fireplace, send out the dogs there’s a fork in the road.
Just a fork in the road, a little fork in the road.

Slow down there’s a fork in the road you’re gonna go down the wrong way.
Slow down there’s a fork in the road you’re gonna trip along the way.

Keep your kids by the fireplace, raise both your arms if you aren’t over age. No way!
Keep your kids by the fireplace, find me a gun there’s a fork in the road.

Slow down there’s a fork in the road you’re gonna go down the wrong way.
Slow down there’s a fork in the road you’re gonna trip along the way.

Keep your kids by the fireplace, rat out the mice there’s a parrot with no brain.
Keep your kids by the fireplace, tell all the sharks there’s a fork in the road.

Slow down there’s a fork in the road you’re gonna go down the wrong way.
Slow down there’s a fork in the road you’re gonna trip along the way.

Sans Red

Written By: K'noup

If I should see you again would your eyes follow mine.
If I touch you again would you manage to lose your mind.

We can let our hearts be broken or let nature take its course.

Sans Red. If you wont be there for me.
Sans Red. I will be there for you whenever you fall.

If I kiss you again would your lips part from mine.
If I feel you again would your heart race like mine.

We can let our hearts be open or suffer through divorce.

Sans Red. If you wont be there for me.
Sans Red. I will be there for you whenever you fall.
Sans Red. If you wont await for me.
Sans Red. I will await for you whenever you fall.

I will await for you.

If this isn’t the end then why are we still upset?
No this isn’t the end, no we shouldn’t be holding back.

We can let our hearts be open and let nature take its course.

Sans Red. If you wont be there for me.
Sans Red. I will be there for you whenever you fall.
Sans Red. If you wont await for me.
Sans Red. I will await for you whenever you fall.

I will await for you.

Viktor - featuring Serj Tankian

Written By: K'noup

Viktor my friend look out there's a million fingers pointing at you.
From the coward in your head, to your stupid ugly friends, did you think I'd never hear about you?

You should be my princess bride.
I will show you the world and its dunes.
And if you wish to runaway I will find you my damsel gone frazzled.

Viktor my friend look out! there's a million other dimwits like you.
From the 1000 days at sea to your cherry jubilee, did you think I'd never hear about you?

You should be my princess bride.
I will show you the world and its dunes.
And if you wish to runaway I will find you my damsel gone frazzled...Viktor!

Someday you will hide behind your glass of gaffes.
Enjoy your peace of mind cause I will have the last laugh.

Viktor my friend shut up! There's a million dollars counting on you.
From the saddle you were raised to your apricot face, did you think I'd never hear about you?

You should be my princess bride.
I will show you the world and its dunes.
And if you wish to runaway I will find you my damsel gone frazzled...Viktor!

Someday you will hide behind your glass of gaffes.
Enjoy your peace of mind cause I will have the last laugh.

Trans-Siberian Standoff

Written By: K'noup

With only seconds left
before the squadron begins to wane,
there’s a Trans-Siberian Standoff
like a Mexican standoff.
Judging by the wrinkles in their uniforms
looks as if they flew in on some unicorns.
It’s a Trans-Siberian Standoff
I’m in a Trans-Siberian Standoff.

Riches to rags
that bastards continues to nag
even though she’s clearly lured
by the men in back.
A harlot with brains,
throw this bitch off of my train.
There will be war!

Flag it down while the world bows down.
Nobody is gonna protect you.
Flag it down while the gods countdown.
I think they’re coming for you.

In a matter of days
this city will be all up in flames
and she will be sifting through
the ruins I’ve made.
Trust and you’ll see.
I’m a man of great sympathy.
She will be torn.

Flag it down while the world bows down.
Nobody is gonna protect you.
Flag it down while the gods countdown.
I think they’re coming for you.

There will be no one coming for you!

Discography

• Visa (EP, 2005)
• Visa & Friends (Compilation, 2006)
• Maktub (LP, 2006)
• De Facto (EP, 2007)
• Eros (LP, 2008)
• Made in Chernobyl (LP, 2010)
• Bake me in Clouds (Single, 2011)
• Carnivalia (LP, 2011)

Set List

All songs are original lyrics and music. Set list varies from show to show.

Visa also delivers an acoustic performance with 5 of its members playing acoustic guitars, duduk and percussion (doumbek).