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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.

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tom brislin

"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.

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



Adam is simply one of the most innovative musicians alive. He is a perennial poll-winner in the Fusion category for Pulse! magazine's year-end Top Ten listings. "Keyboard" magazine named him one of the top 10 players in the world, "Down Beat" lauded his "killer groove" and compared him to Jan Hammer - and even the "New York Times" and the "Washington Post" have praised Adam's live shows.

Born on February 15, 1958 in New York City, Adam is the son of Elektra Records founder, Jac Holzman. Adam grew up in California and started classical piano lessons at age 12, but his main influences were "The Doors", Leon Russell and Dr. John. He started getting into progressive rock and jazz-rock during the late 70s, which in turn led to a growing interest in jazz.


jack hotop

Jack Hotop

At a very early age, Jack grew up listening to 78 RPM records that his father recorded with the Joe Mooney Quartet. Guitarist Jack Hotop Sr was also featured on several Broadway albums including West Side Story, which helped ignite Jack's passion for jazz and classical music. Many members of Jack's mother's family played the piano, so Jack started taking piano lessons at an early age. 
When Jack got a Gibson 101 organ, he started gigging with high school bands, and then decided to study arranging & composition at Berklee.
His love affair with synthesizers began at Boston School Of Electronic Music, but he also continued studying composition with Gitta Steiner. 
After returning to NY, Jack started doing film, television and session work, as well as performing on world tours with The Drifters, Gloria Gaynor, and Silver Convention. 
Jack had been performing locally with Equinox, and Rat Race Choir before joining Korg in 1983.
Since then he has done several videos, demos and a ton of sound design for Korg synths and workstations.
He's been featured in Keyboard and Electronic Musician magazines, and when time permits he's been able to perform as a member of the John Entwistle Band, the Robin Zander Band, and with Leslie West.


steve horelick

Experimental musician, composer and musical adventurer Steve H, AKA Steve Horelick and occasionally, Steve Heroic), is known for his soundtracks, songs and scores for TV, film and games. His TV credits include more than 350 episodes, encompassing such award-winning productions as PBS's Reading Rainbow (featuring the world's 1st all electronic kids theme song), Shining Time Station, The Puzzle Place. and The Magic Adventures of Mumfie. He has scored films ranging  from 80's cult-horror classics to HBO's legendary baseball documentary series "When It Was a Game," which earned him his first EMMY nomination. He has also won many other awards for his TV and advertising soundtracks including the New York Film Festival award.

Steve H's true passion is electronic music. He was a founding member of the acclaimed noise band, The Electronic Art Ensemble. He current performs ephemeral minimalist and often outrageous electronic 3D Surround Immersion soundscapes on his Buchla 200e & Easel, extensive Eurorack system. He just returned from performing at Superbooth 2017 in Berlin.