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.