We are really excited to announce that very amazing and innovative orchestral project is released. Our orchestra recorded CD with one of the greatest pianist and keyboardist - Jordan Rudess from Dream Theater band.
The story of this project is truly amazing.
Preparations has started many, many months ago. We were rehearsing very
intensive, orchestra entered to studio for one full month in October. We
have spent amazing time in Radio Gdańsk.
Jordan Rudess visited us for 10 days and it was amazing time and incredible experience of our lifes.
Here is official statement by Jordan Rudess:
The story begins back in the 1970s at the
Juilliard School of Music, where I first began my musical explorations. I
once had the opportunity at Juilliard to watch Pierre Boulez conduct
Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring”. Passion burst out of each note of the
piece, and the intense power of the full orchestral sound made an
astronomical impact on me. Fast forward to the present…
In early 2010, my dear friend, the Venezuelan
impresario, Emanuel Abramovits, invited me to play a few solo concerts.
Emanuel was interested in my classical music background and promised me
that, if I wrote an orchestral piece, he would find an orchestra to
premier it. In a serendipitous twist of fate, days after I received
Emanuel’s invitation, I heard a recording of a student orchestra in
Turkey performing versions of Dream Theater songs. Eren Başbuğ, who at
that point was only 18 years old, had single-handedly orchestrated and
organized that impressive project. The stars had aligned, and through
the magic of YouTube, I had found my orchestrator. Eren and I worked
closely (thanks to Skype) as I worked on my composition, and by October,
2010, Explorations for Keyboard and Orchestra premiered to a sold out
crowd at Centro Cultural Corp Banca in Caracas, Venezuela with me at the
keyboards and Eren conducting.
Challenges arose when it became time to find a
method of recording this piece with a professional orchestra – a process
that is costly and complicated. I decided to hold a crowdfunding
campaign in order to raise what I would need to pay for the project, and
I was amazed when, a few months later, my goal had been reached. At
this point, an even larger obstacle emerged: how to find an orchestra
that could handle this score. The music is both rhythmically and
technically complex and its progressive sections would be especially
challenging for traditionally trained classical musicians. Yet, again,
the magic of the Internet connected me to Michał Mierzejewski and
Sinfonietta Consonus in Poland. They had just released “Symphonic
Theater of Dreams”, an album of orchestral versions of Dream Theater
music. By their impressive grasp of DT music, I was confident that they
would be able to conquer Explorations, and so it was decided that the
orchestra would rehearse and record for several months in Gdansk, Poland
while I lay my piano tracks down in New York, and then, in November, I
would fly to Gdansk to put down some of my additional keyboard and iPad
parts and work with the team in person.
I’ve sat in front of my synthesizers for years,
twisting the knobs, trying to recreate the vast aural intensity of a
live, acoustic orchestra. With Explorations for Keyboard and Orchestra, I
am finally able to hear one of my own compositions brought to life by
that unmistakable sound. In writing this composition, I was able to
bring together the elements of the most influential classical music I’ve
experienced, along with the rock power and intensity that I am known
for in my work with Dream Theater. Explorations for Keyboard and
Orchestra is a total “progressive” music experience. “Progressive” in
that it is a forward thinking composition fusing my classical and
progressive/metal sensibilities, but progressive also in showcasing new
music technology.Thanks for listening,
You can get the CD from Amazon, CDBaby or iTunes.