Dream Theater keyboardist, Jordan Rudess has announced that he will debut a new work, Explorations for Keyboard and Orchestra, in a performance Nov 19th in Venezuela.
Explorations is Rudess’ first composition for orchestra and fulfills a dream that began at the renown Juilliard School of Music.
“I once had the opportunity at Juilliard to watch Pierre Boulez conduct Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. The passion in the composition, combined with the power of the full orchestral sound, made a huge impact on me. I’ve sat in front of my synthesizers for years, twisting the knobs, trying to recreate that power.
With Explorations, I will finally be able to hear one of my own compositions brought to life by that unmistakable sound of a live acoustic orchestra”.
“Explorations is a total “progressive” music experience. “Progressive” in that it is a forward thinking composition fusing my classical and progressive/metal sensibilities, but also progressive in that I will be playing a keyboard connected to an Apple Macbook Pro running MainStage software . In writing this composition, I was able to bring together the elements of the most influential classical music I’ve experienced, along with the rock power and intensity that I am known for in my work with Dream Theater”.
In addition to “Explorations”, Rudess and the orchestra will also be performing music from Dream Theater’s repertoire including “Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence”.
“At the World Premiere of Explorations for Keyboard and Orchestra, I will be playing all of the keyboard/synthesizer parts. With Eren flying in from Turkey to conduct the enthusiastic Chacao Youth Symphony Orchestra and myself coming from NYC, it looks like we are set for a “night to remember”.
The concert will be at Centro Cultural Corp Banca. Address: Plaza La Castellana, Caracas. The date is Friday November 19th.