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Jordan Rudess’ KeyFest 2016

A place for keyboardists to gather and share their music, sounds, technique, and technology.

Learn from, listen to and jam with Jordan Rudess,

Tom Brislin and Diego Tejeida

Jordan Rudess, best known as a member of the platinum-selling Grammy- nominated progressive metal/rock band, Dream Theater, is the virtuoso keyboardist, composer, music app developer and champion of new keyboard technologies, KeyFest welcomes keyboardists of all skill levels to gather together from July 18-22, 2016 at the elegantly rustic Full Moon Resort, in the Catskill Forest Preserve in Upstate New York.

KeyFest enrollment is open to keyboardists of all levels. Participants will enjoy a fully immersive learning experience organized by Jordan Rudess. KeyFest will include master classes, learning sessions, a technology room to try the latest technology, live performances and jams, and all-inclusive meal options and lodging accommodations.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to hang out with fellow keyboardists in a relaxed environment and have the chance to share some of the skills and knowledge that I’ve gathered through the years. Our keyboard world is constantly evolving as technology keeps throwing us new possibilities. I’m looking forward to spending some quality time in a beautiful location, eating good food, playing some music, teaching and jamming with all of you!”

Rudess will be joined by special guest keyboardist, vocalist, songwriter and producer, Tom Brislin. Tom performs as a solo artist and is also known for his work with Yes, Camel and Renaissance.


Monday, July 18

3pm – 5pm: Sign in and Welcome Reception

4:30pm – 5:15pm: Meet and Greet with Jordan and other artists

5:30pm – 6:30pm : Q & A seminar

6:30pm – 8pm: Dinner

9:00pm – 10:30pm: Jordan Rudess Concert

11:00pm – Midnight: Evening Jam

Tuesday, July 19: PERFORMANCE DAY

8am – 10am: Breakfast

9:30am – 10:30am: MORNING EXERCISES: Finger, Ear and Rhythm Training

11am – 1pm: SEMINAR: PLAYING LEADS WORKSHOP with All Staff

1pm – 2:15pm: Lunch

2:30pm – 6pm: Technology Rooms Open


4:30pm – 6:30pm:


6:30pm – 8pm: Dinner

9pm – 10:00pm: Tom Brislin Concert

10:00pm – 11:00pm: Diego Tejeida Concert

11pm – Midnight: Evening Jam


8am – 10am – Breakfast

9:30am – 10:30am: MORNING EXERCISES : Finger, Ear and Rhythm Training

11am – 1pm:

SEMINAR: iOS MUSIC APPS what’s out there, how to use them with Jordan Rudess

1pm – 2:15pm: Lunch

2:30 – 6:45pm: Technology Rooms Open

2:30pm – 4:30pm:

SEMINAR: History of Musical Synthesis with Pat Scandalis

4:30pm – 5:30pm: SEMINAR: IN DEPTH LOOK AT ROLI SEABOARDwith Roli Representative

6:00pm – 7:00pm: SEMINAR: NEW CONTROLLERS: What else is out there with Jordan Rudess

7pm – 8:30pm : Dinner

9pm: Concert: New Controller Concert with All Staff

11:00pm – 11:30pm: Evening Jam

Thursday, July 21: SOUND DESIGN DAY

8am – 10am: Breakfast

9:30am – 10:30am: MORNING EXERCISES : Finger, Ear and Rhythm Training


1pm – 2:15pm: Lunch

2:30pm – 6pm:  Technology Rooms Open

2:30pm – 4:30pm: SEMINAR: SYNTH SOUND DESIGN with Chris Martirano

4:30pm- 6:30pm: SEMINAR: IMPROVISATION & JAMMING TECHNIQUES with Jordan Rudess

6:30pm – 8pm: Dinner

9pm – 11pm: Master Class
(By Application - A select group of campers will be chosen to play based on video/audio application. More info TBA)

11:00pm – 11:30pm : Keyboard Space Jam

Friday, July 22

8:00am – 9:30am: Breakfast

11am: Check Out & Goodbyes




jordan rudess


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 is currently promoting their new album, The Astonishing, on a world tour. The Astonishing landed at #1 on the Rock Billboard charts and was released in early 2016 on Roadrunner Records.

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 (www.wizdommusic.com), creators of award-winning apps such as MorphWiz, SampleWiz, and Geo Synthesizer. He is the Director of Music Experience for the London-based technology company, Roli Labs, creators of the new instrument, the Seaboard as well as Chief Music Officer at CME Music, creators of the XKey. 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.

(http://www.jroc.us).  www.jordanrudess.com







"From a young age, I always knew that I would be a musician. While I was fortunate to have a clear sense of purpose early on, other decisions proved to be elusive. I loved so many types of music. I enjoyed writing songs and playing for other artists as well. Rather than choose one path, I just immersed myself in nearly every musical opportunity I could find myself in. Inevitably, the time came when I had to dig deep, put myself in a new environment, and create an album that reflected the different directions I've been pulled towards, both in music and in life."

Tom Brislin is a musician, songwriter, and producer. After worldwide touring and recording on keyboards with several notable rock and pop artists, Tom relocated to Nashville, Tennessee from his native New Jersey to write and record his debut solo album, Hurry Up and Smell the Roses. The album, which Brislin describes as "Cinematic Pop", was released in Fall 2012.

Hurry Up and Smell the Roses was written, produced, performed, and recorded by Brislin. The album features guest contributions from guitarist and platinum songwriter Clint Lagerberg, vocalist Annie Haslam of Renaissance, and Theremin synthesist Shueh-li Ong. 

Influenced by his older siblings' classic rock record collections, his parents' love of jazz and classical music, and his own discovery of synth-laden pop, Brislin would eventually find himself performing in all of these settings. He has toured and recorded with Yes, Meat Loaf, Debbie Harry, Renaissance, Camel, Glen Burtnik, Francis Dunnery, and was the founder, lead singer and songwriter for the band Spiraling.


Hometown: Mexico City

Musical influences & Favourite bands Bill Evans, Brad Mehldau, Philip Glass, Hans Zimmer, Esbjorn Svensson Trio, Pink Floyd, Opeth, Devil Doll, Mr Bungle, Infected Mushroom, Boards of Canada, Venetian Snares, Pete Zeldman, A Perfect Circle.

Gear Korg Karma, Korg N1, KAOSS pad, M-Audio Oxygen 88 midi controller, Macbook Pro running Mainstage 3 live and Logic X in the studio.

Interests Cooking, swimming, reading, dry slapping, destroying sounds by any means.

Favourite movies Psycho, The Wall, The Shining, Seventh Seal, Silent Hill, The Crow, Lost Highway, Inland Empire, The Audition, Dead Man's Shoes.


Learn from, listen to and jam with Jordan Rudess,

Tom Brislin and Diego TejeidA


Four nights and three full days with Jordan Rudess and special guests. KeyFest includes classes, jamming, and exclusive performances every day. 

All activities and meals are included in your package.
Bring a friend, bandmate, child, spouse or loved one to this total immersion in all things keys!

$999: Camping
$1299: Shared Room, Shared-Hall Bath
$1499: Shared Room, Private Bath
$1999: Single Room, Shared-Hall Bath
$2199: Single Room, Private Bath

Packages include all workshops, seminars, gourmet meals, performances, use of the grounds and your choice of accommodations. All activities will be held at Full Moon Resort which features an eclectic array of comfortable, rustic country-inn style accommodations including simple B&B style guest rooms with shared hallway baths as well as private guest rooms with private baths. All accommodations are just steps away from the daily activities. The grounds offer a spring-fed swimming pool and one hundred acres of meadows, forests and streams. In addition, guests are welcome to explore the splendors of the Catskills on the nearby network of hiking trails.

Cable television and complimentary phone service are available at the Inn (please bring a phone card for international calls) and complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the facility. Please Note: There is no cell phone reception in this area of the forest preserve and guest rooms do not have telephones, televisions, air conditioning or daily housekeeping services. Your decision to register constitutes your acknowledgement of and consent to all of the registration, payment and cancellation terms and conditions listed below:


  • All rates are per-person
  • Shared Room Packages require you to share your room with a roommate
  • You may request a roommate on your registration form (roommates must purchase the same package type)
  • All rates are subject to 2% county, 8% New York State Tax and 4.59% Service & Processing Fee
  • Upon registration, the $500 non-refundable deposit is charged to your credit card
  • 100% of the remaining balance is automatically charged to the credit card on file on 6/1/16
  • Any registrations received after 6/1/16, must be paid in full at the time of registration


  • All payments and deposits are non-refundable.
  • Cancellations received on or before 6/1/16 will not be charged the remaining balance.
  • Cancellations received after 6/1/16 will be charged the full remaining balance.
  • Due to the nature of our events and strict cancellation policies, Creative Environments, LLC DBA
  • Full Moon Resort strongly suggests purchasing travel insurance.


By registering, you hereby release Full Moon Resort, its employees, and all associated entities, from all claims, liabilities, loss to property, damages, injuries, etc. arising out of or in connection with your participation in any aspect Rhythm, Sound and Magic at Full Moon Resort.


Full Moon Resort and Music Masters Camps reserves the right to take photos and/or video during.Rhythm, Sound and Magic and to use such photos and/or video for advertising and marketing purposes. By registering for Rhythm, Sound and Magic, you agree to release your photograph to Full Moon Resort. Music Masters Camps without compensation and understand that Full Moon Resort Music Masters Camps reserves all rights in regard to reproduction of said photograph.


Music Masters Camps are designed for Adults and the majority of participants are adults. 
16 and 17 year olds are permitted with consent forms. Participants under 16 are permitted if accompanied by legal guardian/chaperone.