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Jordan Rudess: New music technology for the keyboardist

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Talk at CCRMA, Stanford. November 16, 2015.

Abstract: Through words and music, Jordan Rudess will present his
recent work on a number of cutting-edge new instruments. We will check out apps for the multitouch screen, transform gestures on a vibrating surface into sound, and discuss and explore the evolution of the keyboard instrument. Jordan will present how technology is fueling tactile musical expression and creating a new generation of organic musical possibilities. Included in the presentation will be Roli’s new Seaboard Rise, Wizdom Music’s upcoming Geo Shred physical modeled app, and Mogees vibrating sensor technology.

Bio: Voted "Best Keyboardist of All Time" by Music Radar Magazine,
Jordan Rudess is best known as the keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist
extraordinaire for platinum-selling Grammy- nominated prog rock band, Dream Theater. In addition to playing in Dream Theater, Jordan has worked with a wide range of artists including LMR, his newest side project with Tony Levin and Marco Minneman, Liquid Tension Experiment, David Bowie, Steven Wilson, Aviv Geffen, the Dixie Dregs, Rod Morgnstein, Enrique Iglesias, Tony Williams, Jan Hammer and the Paul Winter Consort. In late 2010, the world-renowned keyboardist and Juilliard graduate premiered his first live orchestral composition
"Explorations for Keyboard and Orchestra". In 2013 he released "All
That Is Now", a solo acoustic piano recording which works
interactively with his app, "Jordan Rudess Explores" and his
orchestral album, "Explorations" which features a 50 piece orchestra.
Dream Theater’s newest top ten self-titled album was released last
fall on Roadrunner Records. The band has recently completed their
world tour for that album and is hard at work on their next studio
album. Their full-length concert DVD, Breaking The Fourth Wall was
released in the fall of 2014 and went to #1 on the Billboard charts.
Jordan’s interest in state of the art keyboard controllers is another
area of his career in which he has achieved success. Jordan owns the
successful App development company Wizdom Music (, creators of award-winning apps such as MorphWiz, SampleWiz, and Geo Synthesizer. He is Chief Music Officer at CME Music, creators of the acclaimed XKey mobile keyboard, as well as the Director of Music Experience for the London-based technology company, Roli Labs, creators of the Seaboard. Jordan has had the honor of being the keynote speaker at MacWorld, Microsoft Build Developer Convention and Project BBQ. In addition, he is the author of 2 keyboard technique books including his latest, “Total Keyboard Wizardry: A Technique and Improvisation Workbook”. Musicians all over the world subscribe to Rudess’ Online Music Conservatory, which offers a full range of courses in everything from harmony and rhythm to improvisation, ear training and technique (


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