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Jordan Rudess: Explorations / Rudess, Mierzejewski, Sinfonietta Consonus

Rudess,Jordan
Release Date: 03/01/2014 
Label:  Jordan Rudess   Catalog #: 5638241689   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jordan Rudess
Performer:  Jordan Rudess
Conductor:  Michał Mierzejewski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonietta Consonus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Jordan Rudess played these instruments on this recording:
Steinway D Concert Grand, Korg Kronos, Synthogy Ivory, Spectrasonics Omnisphere and Wizdom Music’s Geo Synthesizer.

"In early 2010, my dear friend, the Venezuelan impresario, Emanuel Abramovits, invited me to play a few solo concerts. Emanuel was interested in my classical music background and promised me that, if I wrote an orchestral piece, he would find an orchestra to premier it. In a serendipitous twist of fate, days after I received Emanuel’s invitation, I heard a recording of a student orchestra in Turkey performing versions of Dream Theater songs. Eren Basbug, who at that point was only 18 years old, had single-handedly orchestrated and organized
Read more that impressive project. The stars had aligned, and through the magic of YouTube, I had found my orchestrator. Eren and I worked closely (thanks to Skype) as I worked on my composition, and by October, 2010, Explorations for Keyboard and Orchestra premiered to a sold out crowd at Centro Cultural Corp Banca in Caracas, Venezuela with me at the keyboards and Eren conducting.

Challenges arose when it became time to find a method of recording this piece with a professional orchestra – a process that is costly and complicated. I decided to hold a crowdfunding campaign in order to raise what I would need to pay for the project, and I was amazed when, a few months later, my goal had been reached. At this point, an even larger obstacle emerged: how to find an orchestra that could handle this score. The music is both rhythmically and technically complex and its progressive sections would be especially challenging for traditionally trained classical musicians. Yet, again, the magic of the Internet connected me to Micha? Mierzejewski and Sinfonietta Consonus in Poland. They had just released “Symphonic Theater of Dreams”, an album of orchestral versions of Dream Theater music. By their impressive grasp of DT music, I was confident that they would be able to conquer Explorations, and so it was decided that the orchestra would rehearse and record for several months in Gdansk, Poland while I lay my piano tracks down in New York, and then, in November, I would fly to Gdansk to put down some of my additional keyboard and iPad parts and work with the team in person." - Jordan Rudess Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Explorations for Keyboard and Orchestra by Jordan Rudess
Performer:  Jordan Rudess (Piano)
Conductor:  Michał Mierzejewski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonietta Consonus
2. Screaming Head by Jordan Rudess
Performer:  Jordan Rudess (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonietta Consonus
3. Shouri Now by Jordan Rudess
Performer:  Jordan Rudess (Piano)
4. The Untouchable Truth by Jordan Rudess
Performer:  Jordan Rudess (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonietta Consonus
5. Over the Edge by Jordan Rudess
Performer:  Jordan Rudess (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonietta Consonus
6. A Pledge to You by Jordan Rudess
Performer:  Jordan Rudess (Piano)

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