In a room with Jordan Rudess

Gowri Jayakumar, student and our resident scribe gets Jordan Rudess to talk about education, his world of music, his innovative apps, collaborations and his beard.

By age nine, he was at The Juilliard School studying classical music – an academic journey that lasted a decade! Fast forward to a time when he’s ripping it on stage with one of the most well-known progressive metal bands in the world. Having spent over 12 years as the keyboardist of Dream Theater, there is hardly a regular day in the life of Jordan Rudess. When he isn’t touring, which he is most part of the year, he’s a music app innovator for Apple and Android devices. While his love for progressive rock remains untarnished, when alone Rudess gravitates towards music that is “gentle on the spirit”. He is all about exploring the sonic landscape of the world (of music). And I managed to steal him into one of the piano rooms at Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music during his one-week workshop last month, and ask a bunch of questions. Completely at ease by a grand piano, he often let his fingers do the talking.

What inspired that beard?

The hair doesn’t grow as well on the top of my head! I used to have really long hair. I don’t know.  It’s gone through different stages – first it started to grow a little, then I went through sideburns and moustache and this and that. But yeah, finally, the beard just started to grow, and I thought this is pretty cool. And that’s it.

(If) and when you’re down and blue, what do you listen to?

I would play the blues (haha)! I generally like to listen to things are kind of more mellow than what I play with Dream Theater (DT). I like going back and listening to Michael Hedges, and more recently I’ve been listening to a lot of Sigur Rós (they’re awesome). But I’m a big progressive rock fan. I always like to listen to Genesis and Yes and Pink Floyd. I like electronic music too – things like Aphex Twin. I love Porcupine Tree and the offshoot that I actually played in for a while – Blackfield.

How has your taste evolved over the time you’ve been playing with DT?

I am interested in what’s happening sonically in the world – things that are pushing the envelope a little bit, a bit more progressive-minded. I’ve always liked spacey music, but there was a movement that happened over the last few years with electronic music right…that was very progressive, very cool. There are so many different types of genres, but they’re called IDM (Intelligent Dance Music) or Glitchy – and now there’s the whole Skrillex kind of thing. It’s interesting.

Do you play a lot of what you listen to?

I’m totally the opposite. I don’t like to listen to a lot of hard rock and stuff. It’s funny, but I like to listen to things that are more gentle on my spirit. I love what I do. I love going out with DT and playing things that are…intense, progressive, heavy and wild. But when I’m in my own space, I tend to gravitate towards things that are a little bit more calm, and I’m interested in sounds. You know … I’m a synthesist. So I want to hear cool sounds, the different timbres…I get that when I listen to Sigur Rós – they are so conscious of all the sonic elements.

The success of DT…

I think the style of DT is an interesting one because we can go into that direction where it’s technical and advanced and cerebral at many levels. But the reality is, if you look at the people in the group – like the kind of things I’m telling you and the kind of person John Petrucci is, and since we’re the main writers of the group – we love things that are melodic.

So I think what separates DT from the rest of the bands and the reason we have had a career all around the world is because we’re not afraid to be melodic … it’s this interesting combination of musicians for whom the academic side of what we’re doing comes very easily and naturally. It’s not forced, it’s just what we enjoy at that level, but at the same time we love melody, emotions … and I think that’s what the people around the world respond to.

Do you compose music keeping an audience in mind?

Well, first of all the music has to make us feel right you know. If it is something that we can relate to – if it is cool, trippy, adventurous or emotional –then that’s the beginning. Then we think ‘what will our fans think of this,’ because with DT, we make a living playing for people around the world, and there’s a lot of people very invested in what we do, and we want them to be happy as well.

Does being in DT give you complete musical freedom personally?

DT is a very large window of stylistic possibilities … for sure I can do all kinds of stuff. But since my whole life is really all about music, I mean that’s all I really do … and there’s so many different kinds of music and if I want to play like real spacey electronic music, that’s not going to happen in a DT format.  If I want to play something extremely hypnotic and mellow or something really jazzy, that won’t happen in the DT format either. The only thing that might happen is a little break in the song with those styles. I can do a lot of things but I have other outlets for that … like Liquid Tension Experiment. When we did that album, it was basically three of the guys from DT (the main writers) with Mike Portnoy at the time and Tony Levin, a wonderful bass-player. But the music really very different, and that was because we were coming into something that was a totally new thing. And we had no expectations on anybody’s part … like the fan’s part – they didn’t there was a new group – or for the musicians. They called me and they didn’t really know what I would bring…that was cool, because even with the same guys, it was different music.

Your most memorable collaborations.

Oh I love collaborating. You know I don’t have that much time, but when I do, I search out and welcome the opportunity to play with new people, because it’s just so interesting. I’ve collaborated a little with Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree, I love his musicality and whenever we  have a chance to do  something together I welcome that because I can relate to where he’s coming from musically, and I think about that sometimes when I’m playing by myself. You know, I’m a classically trained musician from Juilliard, but I was always interested in improvising and things that were natural as well. But Steven is someone who is totally coming at it naturally and I’m fascinated with that, because music – the core of it is really just a natural experience. And since we’re here (SAM) right now, I just had  my first little jam with Prasanna today and I was like, wow this is so cool, because he’s coming from such a different space that there’s a lot I can learn from, and that to me is really exciting.

How important is music education?

It is incredibly important. I feel like people around the world almost think like, with great musicians it’s almost like magic or something. That they’re all of sudden able to do things, create great leads in all kinds of parts, but the reality is to play an instrument, be it a piano, guitar, trombone, voice, or even to use your computer effectively to make music, you need to have the developed skill. It doesn’t just “happen”.  Anything that you hear in your head, there’s a technique to controlling the notes. It’s got to be clean and precise, and these things on a physical instrument like a piano or guitar, are like sports – that is what I keep telling the kids here – because you have to really develop the muscles. Your fingers need to have strength. I remember once, the drummer of Motley Crue walked into a room where I was playing and told me “Your fingers are like little machine guns!” Hahaha that was really funny.  But yeah, it comes from a lot of practising. Practising things that are really boring, but I always try to practise in creative ways.

Describe a regular day in your life.

It’s never regular, because I’m on the road for most part of the year with the band…but when I’m at home, I’m often playing catch-up with a life that I’ve missed while I’ve been away. It could include driving my girls. The older one’s in college but the younger one still needs to  be driven to her various activities. Or I’ll be working on a project. I have a company called Wizdom Music that makes apps for iPhones and Android devices, etc … so I spend a lot of time doing that too…I’m really busy you know, so when I sit with my synthesizer, I try to really make my time there mean as much as it can. I try and develop ways to practise that are very efficient. I stay focused and try working my fingers so they really mean something.

When did you start developing music apps?

A few years ago I got my iPhone, and I remember there was very preliminary kind of piano on the iPhone, and I was just playing it.  It didn’t do really anything, but it really triggered some creative ideas. I thought ‘wow I could do some amazing things with this’.  And I was sitting on the couch in my living room, and my wife saw me and said “What are you doing? We have a beautiful Steinway Grand in the other room. What are you doing with that?” And I said “No, no. No, it’s okay. I got something in mind here. It’s something cool, so let me do this.” She looked at me like I was crazy or something. Haha. So I got into really looking at some of the creative things people were doing on that platform, and I began to reach out to different developers and talk about some of my ideas, and I found one guy whose name is Kevin Chartier who is a brilliant programmer. We decided to work together and we decided early on that we’d split it 50-50 but let’s just do it! And that was the beginning of Wizdom Music. Now we have about six apps. The first one was called Morphwhiz which is my favourite. It enabled me to look into and work on this concept to show how these devices like iPads etc can be actually an expressive musical instrument…

“it’s such a nice environment. Everyone’s in a different headspace, they really want to learn and they’re respectful… so it’s been a real pleasure”
Jordan Rudess

How has your experience in India been?

I was in India about 16 years ago, doing a clinic in Chennai back then, but my experience this time has been really (really) cool. It’s a little bit of a culture shock here. Although I’ve been all around the world, usually I go into the big cities, and if pass rural areas, I’m just driving right through them, but I’ve never driven through anything like what I did to come here (SAM) – with goats and cows over the road – it was a crazy wild scene. I was like whoa!  But once you’re here, it’s such a nice environment. Everyone’s in a different headspace, they really want to learn and they’re respectful … so it’s been a real pleasure.

‘Music is not magic’

Prasanna (left) with Jordan Rudess.

… nor does it have shortcuts. Learning its language takes some doing, says keyboardist and pianist Jordan Rudess. At a workshop on October 18 and 19, he and Prasanna will explore the questions of performance, education, technology and entrepreneurship in music.

After a head-spinning 14-month tour with his band, Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess wanted some quiet. He was looking for a special place, cut off from the bustle, to recharge his batteries. He chose Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music (SAM) on East Coast Road, sequestered and in tune with Nature.

The visit, however, was long overdue. In 2010, months before SAM went on steam, guitar wizard and SAM’s president Prasanna met the keyboardist and classical pianist at Los Angeles and spoke about how SAM melds different worlds of learning, notably the ancient Indian gurukula system with the technology-driven institutionalised Western form of education. To Prasanna’s surprise, Rudess expressed a desire to visit the academy.

Exploring questions

And he is finally here. Rudess will hold a a workshop Connecting The Dots (on October 18 and 19), where he and Prasanna will explore the questions of performance, education, technology and entrepreneurship in music. The workshop is open to those receptive to these questions.

Talking to mediapersons at one of SAM’s buildings that is architecturally designed to represent a guitar, Rudess dwelt on a wide range of topics, including the significance of practice, the charm of shuttling between acoustic and electric worlds, and the issues surrounding a Dream Theater gig in India.

Rudess called his band members the biggest ‘practiceoholics’ on the planet. They understand that music is not magic, though it appears so. There are no shortcuts in music — learning the language of music takes some doing. Rudess expressed admiration for Dream Theater’s drummer Mike Magini, who is given to bettering himself. “He’s so into it. All of us are,” said Rudess and called Magini the most incredible drummer. Rudess was shattered by Mike Portnoy’s decision to leave Dream Theater. It would have continued to haunt Rudess had Magini not stepped in to fill the void.

On whether Dream Theater could come to India for a performance, Rudess said such an event would be a logistics nightmare. It would not happen unless a brilliant promoter came on board and addressed a range of issues, including that of security.

Prasanna recalled how Rudess said the same thing over two years ago, during their meeting at Los Angeles. Dream Theater’s visit probably has to wait, but Prasanna believed SAM had made a start. Bringing Rudess and providing him the right platform and letting his multifarious talents benefit students of music and others were incredible achievements, he added.

The pressmen got to witness an unusual sight — Rudess giving a performance with one of the applications created for the iPad. After the mind-blowing performance, Rudess said, “The technique to use this iPad application comes from what I learnt sitting at the piano from age seven.”

Prasanna used this interlude of technology-driven music to drive home a point. He said, “Technology cannot replace a live band. Jordan Rudess is a great example of this.” Despite an ability to do wonders with technology (Rudess has created popular music applications for iPad / iPhone), he still believed in playing live music. At a time when pianos were being discarded as obsolete and replaced with keyboards, he had something to teach us, said Prasanna.

“Musicians have access to keyboards and iPads. But where are the pianos?” asked Prasanna.

“Give us some pianos!” smiled Jordan Rudess.

(For details about the workshop, call 95000-18462)




Connecting the Dots

18-19 October

Jordan Rudess will be co-conducting a music workshop

The Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music (SAM), Chennai, is organizing a two-day residential workshop, open to people from Bangalore and other areas, on “Performance, Education, Technology and Entrepreneurship in Music” in Kanchipuram. The American keyboardist of the band Dream Theater, Jordan Rudess, and the Carnatic guitarist and president of SAM, Prasanna, will teach and play typical aspects of their music in interactive sessions.

Two-day workshop fee, 10,000, inclusive of accommodation and food. For details, write to or call 0950018462. To register, visit

Jordan Rudess Greets the Students of SAM

We’d like to share this personal greeting from Jordan Rudess to you all!

We’d like to share this personal greeting from Jordan Rudess to you all!

Jordan is excited to be teaching at Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music!

The incredible Pianist, Synthesist, Composer, member of the Rock supergroup Dream Theater and developer of groundbreaking iphone apps like Morphwiz, Samplewiz etc will be a guest faculty for the program alongside a glittering all-star faculty of Sofia Tosello (Argentina), Yuri Juarez (Peru), Deanna Witkowski (USA), Arthur Kell (USA), Karina Colis (Mexico), Fjoralba Turku (Albania), Juancho Herrera (Venezuela), Dario Boente (Argentina), Lonnie Plaxico (USA), Phil Maturano (USA), Karthick and Prasanna.

The First Professional College Of Music In India to offer a range of programs in contemporary music that includes Rock, Jazz, Classical, Carnatic and World music. With world renowned faculty and top of the line facilities.

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A two-day Workshop on Performance, Education, Technology and Entrepreneurship in music from Oct 18th – 19th 2012

Connecting the Dots

Jordan Rudess and Prasanna will teach and perform signature aspects of their music and will share powerful insights on their careers that have long integrated performance, technology, education and business through interactive sessions with participants.

The Workshop is open to all Dream Theater fans, Rudess fans, Prasanna fans, Rudess-Prasanna fans, SAM Alumni, SAM fans, Rock heads, Metal heads, Carnatic heads, Jazz heads, musicians, music educators, music industry folks and anyone who wants their ears and minds to be stretched.

Online registration for the Workshop begins Monday, 11 September 2012. Registration closes 5 October 2012.

Jordan Rudess

Jordan Rudess is in a league all his own today as the world’s most recognizable progressive rock keyboardist, synthesist and developer of the biggest selling music applications for iPhone and iPad. Jordan’s musical journey started with his enrollment at the world’s most prestigious music college, Juilliard School of Music, for classical piano at the age of nine. Influenced by keyboard pioneers such as Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman, John Lord and others, Jordan set out on a path of blending classical music, rock and technology early in his career.

He has recorded and performed with such artists as Tony Williams, David Bowie, Steve Morse, Jan Hammer, Enrique Iglesias and many others. Before joining Dream Theater in January 1999, Jordan connected with John Petrucci and Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater, bassist Tony Levin of King Crimson and Peter Gabriel notoriety, and recorded two albums with Liquid Tension Experiment. He can be heard on two performances within “Encores Legends and Paradox” with drummer Simon Phillips, Violinist Jerry Goodman and Producer Robert Berry. In October 2001, Jordan released his rock solo album entitled Feeding the Wheel featuring Terry Bozzio on drums, Billy Sheehan on Bass, guitarists Steve Morse and John Petrucci, Vocalist Barry Carl, Violinist Mark Wood and Eugene Freisen on Cello.

His career path went on overdrive when he joined the band Dream Theater, which today stands among the biggest rock acts in the world, having sold millions of albums and packing big stadiums all over the world. Jordan’s pre-eminent position as Keyboardist and Co-Composer for Dream Theater has made him a music industry icon whose work reaches millions of people. He has done several other solo projects and has shown support to numerous charitable causes through his benefit performances.

Jordan has always been a passionate educator and his online conservatory has benefited thousands of musicians. Throughout his career, Jordan has immersed himself in the education of music through the web, by providing video and notation-based lessons in his Online Conservatory and e-magazine, Accent. Jordan continues to explore various possibilities that new technologies bring including the use of the new Haken Audio “fretless keyboard” Continuum.

His company Wizdom Music is the leading player in the Music App World for tablet media. Jordan’s apps such as Morphwiz, Spacewiz, Samplewiz, Geosynth, Tachyon and others are revolutionising music synthesis and performance today.

Jordan’s commitment to come here to our campus as guest faculty at SAM is a substantial acknowledgement of the excellence and world-class music education that Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music exemplifies.


Prasanna is the quintessential Indian Renaissance man. A pioneer in performing Carnatic music on the guitar, an engineering graduate from Indian Institute of Technology, a composer for an Oscar winning film, an internationally acclaimed guitarist in contemporary Jazz, Rock and Blues, a Magna-Cum-Laude graduate of Berklee College of Music, an entrepreneurial visionary in the business of creative music and education and Founder/ President of Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music. Prasanna was voted among the ‘top 50 creative Indians’ by Open Magazine in 2010 alongside Sachin Tendulkar, Viswanathan Anand, A.R. Rahman, Arundati Roy and others.

A fearless innovator across Jazz, Rock and many forms of contemporary music and yet steeped in the authentic Carnatic tradition with 30 years of study with his gurus Tiruvarur Balasubramaniam and Violin maestro A. Kanyakumari. He was awarded the ‘Life Time Achievement Award’ for Carnatic music by H.H. Sri Jayendra Saraswathi in 2006.

Prasanna’s prolific body of work include 15 albums as leader, a concert DVD and an Instructional DVD and numerous concerts at major festivals around the world. Prasanna has performed with Airto Moreira, A.R. Rahman, Esperanza Spalding, Umayalpuram Sivaraman, Joe lovano, Illayaraja, Victor Wooten, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Alex Acuna, Dave Douglas, Omar Hakim, Larry Coryell, Anthony Jackson, Howard Levy, Trilok Gurtu and others. He is a member of two groundbreaking bands – ‘Ragabop trio’ with Steve Smith and George Brooks and ‘Tirtha’ with Vijay Iyer and Nitin Mitta.

Prasanna has composed music for numerous dance theater productions, documentary films such as the 2009 Oscar Award winning ‘Smile Pinki’ and feature films like ‘Framed’ and most recently, the critically acclaimed 2012 Tamil film ‘Vazhakku Enn 18/9′, hailed as one of the most original scores in contemporary Indian films. His creative collaboration with two-time Oscar winning film composer A.R. Rahman includes arranging and orchestrating the title score for the 2002 Oscar nominated Bollywood Film ‘Lagaan’ and numerous other guitar playing sessions.

Prasanna has given lectures, talks, workshops and residencies at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, TedX Chennai, Banff Center for the Arts, Berklee College of Music, VIT, Harvard University, Osnabruck Institute of Music etc.


The all-inclusive price for the two-day workshop is Rs. 10,000. This includes Participation fees, shared accommodation and food for two days and one night.



Jordan Rudess readies up for a teaching stint in Chennai

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Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music (SAM) — the professional music college under the aegis of MARG Ltd, located in Chennai is all set to welcome Jordan Rudess as a guest faculty for its Fall 2012 programme which will commence on August 22, 2012. Jordan will be visiting SAM in mid-October as a guest faculty to share his experience and expertise with the Fall 2012 batch students of the institution.

Confirming Jordan Rudess’ visit, Prasanna, President, Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music (SAM), says “Jordan Rudess is coming down to Chennai for a week as a guest faculty for the Fall 2012 batch students at SAM. Jordan is a globally renowned key-boardist and pianist in the popularband, Dream Theater. It is a dream for the youngsters who are aspiring to be key-board players and pianists to train under Jordan which is precisely why we chose him as a guest faculty for our programme.

At SAM we assemble a rotating faculty of some of the brightest and most diverse musical minds from around the world, put them all together and create a challenging and rewarding environment. Jordan Rudess is excited to be teaching at Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music and he will be in SAM in the mid of October 2012.”

Jordan Rudess is best known as the key-boardist and member of the progressive metal band Dream Theater and the progressive rock super group, Liquid Tension Experiment.

Rudess has been the full-time keyboardist in Dream Theater since the recording of 1999’s Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory. He has recorded six other studio albums with the group: 2002s Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, 2003’s Train of Thought, 2005’s Octavarium, 2007’sSystematic Chaos, 2009’s Black Clouds & Silver Linings and 2011’s A Dramatic Turn of Events. In addition, he has appeared on the live albums,Live Scenes From New York, Live at BudokanScore and Chaos in Motion.



Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music launches one and two year diploma courses

Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music (SAM) – the professional music college under the aegis of MARG Ltd,  is all set to welcome the Fall 2012 batch of students for the Diploma certificate program.

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The one and two year diploma course is scheduled to commence on 22nd August 2012. SAM’s recent partnership with the world renowned McNally Smith College of Music, USA enables interested students to transfer credits after graduation to pursue a degree program at the American college with scholarships. Interested applicants can register for the course at

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This Fall 2012, Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music has roped in international star faculty from 6 countries that promise to deliver an exciting and enriching learning experience for the students. The line up of the international faculties includes American Keyboardist best known as member of progressive metal band ‘Dream Theater’ and progressive Rock supergroup ‘ Liquid Tension Experiment’ , Pianist and Composer Jordan Rudess as guest faculty. In addition, the full time faculty includes Sofia Tosello (Argentina), Yuri Juarez (Peru), Deanna Witkowski (USA), Arthur Kell (USA), Karina Colis (Mexico), Fjoralba Turku (Albania), Juancho Herrera (Venezuela), Dario Boente (Argentina), Lonnie Plaxico (USA), Phil Maturano (USA), Prasanna (world renowned guitarist and composer) and Karthick (Internationally renowned Ghatam artist).

SAM recently signed an articulation agreement with McNally Smith College of Music in Minnesota, USA. Through this arrangement, students pursuing a Two year diploma at SAM can effectively get a degree from McNally Smith College of Music. As per the understanding, after completing the diploma program from SAM, students can transfer upto 60 credits completed to the American institute. In addition to the diploma, this would enable students to obtain a Bachelor’s degree after attending two years at McNally Smith.

Commenting on the exciting developments at SAM, GRK Reddy, Chairman and Managing Director, MARG Group said, “In a short span of two years, SAM’s achievements are remarkable. We have seen a transformation happening with 226 cumulative Diploma and Camp students from 6 countries, 46 faculty from 20 countries, an exchange partnership with McNally Smith College of Music and stellar support from top establishments in the music and education industry including Hal Leonard Publishing, Mesa Engineering, Kawai, Orange, Dixon, DW, Sabian, Meinl and other major players. ”

Top students from SAM are also eligible for a scholarship at McNally Smith. This will enable the students of SAM to get a degree from McNally Smith and a Diploma from SAM at a much lower cost than what a degree at McNally Smith would have otherwise cost him/her. The exchange programme will start from the Fall 2012 batch.

Prasanna, President, Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music (SAM), says “Our philosophy from day one has been to impart value based education through music and focus on giving our students the macro and micro skills essential for building careers in music. We believe that Music is about people, about communities, about shared communication that comes out of a willingness to address the human condition in all its glory and imperfection. At SAM we assemble a rotating faculty of some of the brightest and most diverse musical minds from around the world, put them all together and create a challenging and rewarding environment”.

A measure of how much the college has become sought after in the international music world can be seen from the fact that Fall 2012 will witness students such as Conrad Reeves who just graduated with a degree from Oberlin Conservatory, America’s oldest and one of the most prestigious conservatories in the world that was awarded a medal of honor by Barack Obama recently, Neal Goldberg who studied at Berklee College of Music, well known Tunisian drummer Ayman Boujlida who has a degree in music and musicology, Joel Thielman, an exchange student from McNally Smith, Maria Lucas from Argentina who is an exceptional singer alongside being a PhD candidate in Sustainable Housing Development at Putra university, a few other international students and many other amazing students from India.

Looking forward to yet another exciting music season at SAM, AP Ganeshram, CEO, MARG Swarnabhoomi and Education Services said, “SAM has been a successful institute in providing a collaborative exchange of ideas & thoughts through a modern gurukula style of imparting music. The unique rotational faculty concept maximizes the students’ learning experience to make it as broad musically and culturally as possible. Diversity, creativity and discipline are foundations of the SAM curriculum”.

SAM also have interesting collaborative partnerships coming up with Sao Paulo’s Souza Lima Conservatory , one of the largest and most prestigious music colleges in Brazil and the exciting Indian International Arts Festival 2013 of which SAM will be a partner along with Allan Tweedie, a veteran music promoter from Scotland .

SAM’s President and renowned guitarist Prasanna had debuted as a music director in the Tamil Film “Vazhakku Enn 18/9” with two heartrending songs which do not feature any instrument in the background but brilliantly underscore the poignant moments of the film.

Education is the fundamental building block of MARG Swarnabhoomi’s ecosystem. For this purpose, infrastructure and association are being created to cater right from elementary to higher education. And the educational institutes collaborating from India and abroad will transform MARG Swarnabhoomi as the intellectual capital with thriving high-quality human resource.

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MARG have recently joined hands with Central Institute of Technology, Australia to offer various vocational courses in India and Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, Malaysia, to offer innovative programmes on Games, Animation, Creative Multimedia, Advertising, Fashion & Hair Design, Interior Design, Product Design and Tourism Management etc.


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SAM welcomes Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater) as Special Guest Faculty in Residence for Fall 2012 Program

Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music welcomes pianist, keyboardist, composer and member of Dream Theater, Jordan Rudess as Special Guest Faculty in Residence for the Fall 2012 program.

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“I am honored that Jordan Rudess has accepted our invitation to be part of the Fall 2012 program at Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music, as Special Guest Faculty in Residence. Jordan is not only a celebrity performer but also a passionate educator. When I met Jordan, we talked about music education and I was happy that he connected to SAM on a personal level. The SAM fraternity thanks him for making time for a short teaching residency here, in spite of his worldwide touring and recording commitments as a solo artist, co-composer and keyboardist of Dream Theater. A classical pianist, a rock icon, a sound innovator and inventor – Jordan Rudess is a singular personality in contemporary music and SAM students are in for a treat!”
President, Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music

Jordan Rudess

At the age of nine, Jordan Rudess entered the prestigious Juilliard School of Music for classical piano training. By nineteen, he began to include the rapidly developing world of synthesizers in his recordings and performances. Today, Jordan is a recording artist, composer, producer and performer.

Voted Best New Talent in the 1994 Keyboard Magazine Readers Poll Keyboardist category after the release of his solo album, “Listen,” Jordan is the newest member of the group Dream Theater. Jordan has played with guitarist Steve Morse and the legendary Dixie Dregs. He has recorded and toured with guitarist Vinnie Moore, written songs for, and recorded, with singer Annie Haslam (Renaissance), and has recorded tracks with David Bowie. Additionally, he has toured internationally with fellow keyboardist Jan Hammer and legendary drummer Tony Williams, has appeared in concert with Enrique Iglesias, and regularly performs and records with Grammy award winners, the Paul Winter Consort. His scoring can be heard with International Magician of The Year winner, Jeff McBride.

Jordan formed a two piece “power duo” with Dregs drummer Rod Morgenstein after joining him in the Dregs. The project, dubbed the Rudess Morgenstein Project (RMP), is a high powered progressive rock duo of keyboards and drums. Their CD was released by Domo Records worldwide.

Jordan can be heard along with Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman and Patrick Moraz, playing Chopin’s Revolutionary Etude on ‘Steinway to Heaven,’ a Magna Carta release, featuring rock Keyboard virtuosos playing piano classics. Before joining Dream Theater in January 1999, Jordan connected with John Petrucci and Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater, bassist Tony Levin of King Crimson and Peter Gabriel notoriety, and recorded two albums with “Liquid Tension Experiment.” He can be heard on two performances within “Encores Legends and Paradox” with drummer Simon Phillips, Violinist Jerry Goodman and Producer Robert Berry. These releases are also on the Magna Carta label. In October 2001, Jordan released his rock solo album entitled Feeding the Wheel on the Magna Carta label. It features guest musicians Terry Bozzio on drums, Billy Sheehan on Bass, guitarists Steve Morse and John Petrucci, Vocalist Barry Carl, Violinist Mark Wood and Eugene Freisen on Cello.

Dream Theater’s double album, entitled Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, was released worldwide in January 2002, which followed their previous studio release, the highly acclaimed “Scenes From a Memory.” Six Degrees is available in stores now, from the Elektra Entertainment Group.

The New York performance of Scenes from a Memory, performed at the Roseland Ballroom is available through Elektra Entertainment on DVD, and is entitled “Metropolis 2000 Scenes from New York.” It is also released as a triple CD set format entitled “Live Scenes from New York.” In the wake of the album’s release, Dream Theater embarked on the World Tourbulance world tour.

Jordan recorded keyboard tracks for David Bowie’s album entitled Heathen which was released on David’s own Iso Records in June 2002.

Jordan’s solo album 4NYC was released in April of 2002 and is dedicated to New York. It is released on Magna Carta Records. The album is a recording of a concert that took place on September 25th, as well as studio recordings that took place right after the tragedies of September 11th 2001. Jordan and his wife Danielle Rudess produced the solo concert and raised $12,000 for the American Red Cross.

In the summer of 2003, Jordan toured with Dream Theater around the US with Queensryche and Fates Warning during the lead up to the release of the bands next album.

In the fall of 2003, Jordan released his third studio album with Dream Theater, Train Of Thought. Dream Theater’s 2004 world tour culminated in Japan where they filmed a live show at Budakon for a concert DVD release. That summer, Dream Theater toured with the band YES throughout the United States.

In August of 2004, Jordan’s newest rock solo album, Rhythm of Time, was released on Magna Carta Records and featured Rod Morgenstein on drums, guitarists Joe Satriani, Steve Morse, Vinnie Moore, Greg Howe and Daniel J; Bassist Dave Larue , and guest vocals by Kip Winger. An Evening with John Petrucci and Jordan Rudess, a live concert CD which was originally released on Petrucci’s Sound Mind label was just re-released internationally on Steve Vai’s Favored Nations label.

Jordan has two books that have recently been released: Total Keyboard Wizardry, a keyboard instructional book, was released in July 2004 by Cherry Lane/Hal Leonard publishers. In addition, Dream Theater’s long-awaited keyboard anthology featuring DT’s strongest keyboard compositions expertly transcribed by Jordan’s transcriber Chris Romero, was also released last summer 2004 and is distributed by Warner Bros.

In Early 2005, Jordan teamed up with Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree and Israeli star Aviv Geffen to do an East Coast run as a three piece performing the music of Blackfield. They made a stop at XM radio to do a live set and their performance can be heard frequently on air.

Later in 2005, Jordan released his fourth studio album with Dream Theater entitled “Octavarium”. The album led the band into an 11 month tour which rounded up on April 1st, 2006 at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. The concert featured Dream Theater performing with a full symphony orchestra, under the direction of Jamshied Sharifi. The soon to be released concert DVD from Radio City will be the follow up to the bands Platinum selling live DVD, “Live At Budakon.”

2006 also saw the release of Jordan’s newest instructional DVD, “Keyboard Madness,” and soon to be released Keyfest 2004 LIVE DVD which are distributed through the online store.

On March 15th, 2006 Jordan took part in Katie Couric’s annual benefit for the Jay Monohan Center of Gastrointestinal health. The evening was billed as Hollywood Meets Motown and held in NYC at the Waldorf Astoria. Jordan shared the stage with Sting, James Taylor, Elvis Costello and John Legend as well as many others!

Sept 12th saw the release of Jordan’s most recent solo CD on Magna Carta Records entitled “The Road Home.” This finds Jordan deeply immersed in his passion for progressive rock music. For this album he decided to cover a handful of the prog rock classics that inspired him the most. ELP, Genesis, YES, Gentle Giant, and King Crimson all get the full on Rudess treatment.

On June 5th 2007 Dream Theater released their album Systematic Chaos for Roadrunner records. This was a big release for the boys, as it is the first album on Roadrunner. Since the release, Jordan has been on the road extensively with the “Chaos in Motion”, tour in the US, Europe, Asia, and Australia and South America. The tour continues this summer in the US, Mexico and Canada as Dream Theater embarks on the premier of their very own “Progressive Nation” tour. Along with them will be Opeth, Between the Buried and me as well as the band Three.

Throughout his career, Jordan has immersed himself in the education of music through the web, by providing video and notation-based lessons in his Online Conservatory and e-magazine, Accent. Jordan continues to explore various possibilities that new technologies bring, such as the ability to offer rare recordings of his music through an online download store on his website, and his use of the new Haken Audio “fretless keyboard” Continuum.