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

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

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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.