Jordan Rudess, best known as the keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire for the Grammy-nominated prog rock band DREAM THEATER, has released his latest solo piano recording, "All That Is Now". The album contains 13 pieces, composed and performed by Jordan on his favorite instrument, a 9-foot Steinway concert grand piano. The album was created as part of a PledgeMusic crowdsourcing campaign in which almost 1,000 fans pledged between $10 to $5,000 in exchange for updates on his recording process and a battery of prizes ranging from private lessons to backstage passes. The PledgeMusic campaign also raised money for Rudess' upcoming orchestral album which will be released early in 2014.
Says Rudess: "This album is very close to my heart. For years, I searched until I found the instrument of my dreams that would be the perfect extension of my musical thought, playing literally every piano I could find all over the world. I found my concert grand seven years ago and, ever since, my deepest musical connection occurs when I play my Steinway. It is my lifetime goal to purely translate the music in my mind, to my hands and then onto the keyboard. This album captures the magic of that connection. The recording was done simply in the piano room of my house using just my Steinway D and Earthworks microphones. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did creating it."
In addition to his solo piano CD, "All That Is Now", Rudess has also released a Wizdom Music interactive iOS app, Jordan Rudess Explores, which enables an interactive aural and visual experience with the music from the CD. Jordan Rudess Explores was created by Jordan with developer Joe Zobkiw to explore the intersection between the traditional and electronic world we all live in.
In addition to playing in DREAM THEATER, Rudess, voted "Best Keyboardist of All Time" by Music Radar magazine, is the pesident of a successful music app development company Wizdom Music, creators of award-winning apps such as MorphWiz, SampleWiz, and Geo Synthesizer.
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; DIXIE DREGS; Rod Morgenstein; Enrique Iglesias; Tony Williams; Jan Hammer; and the PAUL WINTER CONSORT.
DREAM THEATER's self-titled album was released this fall on Roadrunner Records.
The band will begin a whirlwind 14-month world tour in January, 2014. Their full-length concert DVD, "Live At Luna Park", released last month went immediately to #1 on the Music DVD chart.
"All That Is Now" track listing:
01. Flash Of Hope
02. Pacific Waves
03. Spectral Haze
04. A Last Goodbye
05. State Of Being
06. Flying Into Blue
07. A Thousand Years
09. The Telling
10. Altitude High
11. The Untouchable Truth
12. Looking Beyond
13. Eye Wonder