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JUNE 19-23, 2017
Full Moon Resort - 1 Valley View Road - Big Indian, New York


Jordan Rudess’ KeyFest 2017

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

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 June 19-23, 2017 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!”

sample SCHEDULE:


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


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

2:30pm – 4:30pm: TECHNIQUE SEMINAR

4:30pm – 6:30pm: SEMINAR:  BACH TO THE FUTURE: PROG NOW AND THEN with All Staff

6:30pm – 8pm: Dinner

9pm – 11:00pm: Instructor Concert

11pm – Midnight: Evening Jam


8am – 10am – Breakfast

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

11am – 1pm: SEMINAR: How to use apps with Jordan Rudess

1pm – 2:15pm: Lunch

2:30 – 6:45pm: Technology Rooms Open

2:30pm – 4:30pm: SEMINAR: History of Musical Synthesis

4:30pm – 5:30pm: SEMINAR: IN DEPTH LOOK AT ROLI SEABOARD with 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


8am – 10am: Breakfast

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


1pm – 2:15pm: Lunch

2:30pm – 6pm:  Technology Rooms Open


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






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.


Learn from, listen to and jam with Jordan Rudess AND SPECIAL GUESTS


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!

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 applicable Taxes and Service & Processing Fee


  • All registrations and payments are non-refundable

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.