Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater is bringing his KeyFest experience back to Sweetwater! With three days of jamming alongside, hanging out with, and learning from Rudess and guests David Rosenthal (Rainbow, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper) and Otmaro Ruíz (solo artist, John McLaughlin, Abraham Laboriel), KeyFest is an event no keys player should miss.
Jordan Rudess, best known as the keyboardist / multi-instrumentalist for platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated prog rock band Dream Theater, began his training at the world-renowned Juilliard School of Music at the age of nine. Since then, he has gone on to a distinguished and diverse career, gaining fans and recognition the world over, not to mention being voted Best Keyboardist of All Time (Music Radar magazine).
In addition to playing in Dream Theater, Jordan has also worked with a wide range of artists, including David Bowie, Enrique Iglesias, Liquid Tension Experiment, Steven Wilson, and the Dixie Dregs, among others. And Jordan's interest in state-of-the-art keyboard controllers and music apps has also led to a successful career with his app development company, Wizdom Music.
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Few musicians have achieved the broad-based success that David Rosenthal has earned as a musical director, keyboardist, synthesizer programmer, producer, orchestrator, and touring professional. Since graduating from Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music, David's talents have been continually in demand with many of the most prominent artists in the world, including his long tenure as Keyboardist and Musical Director for Billy Joel, plus work with Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Ritchie Blackmore and Rainbow, and Cyndi Lauper.
Besides recording and touring, David also continues to show a strong commitment to educating young musicians at such prestigious music schools as Berklee College of Music, Musicians Institute, and Full Sail University. Accordingly, Berklee has honored David with its Distinguished Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievements in Contemporary Music, and he was voted Best Hired Gun in Keyboardmagazine's readers' poll.
Known for his versatility and virtuosity, Otmaro Ruíz is considered one of the most important jazz pianists in the scene today. With an intense musical career filled with concerts, workshops, and recordings worldwide, Otmaro has earned multiple Grammy nominations and awards, a Lifetime Special Award for International Exposure from the Venezuelan National Artists Institute (for outstanding career in a foreign country), and even an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Musical Arts from Shepherd University.
The long list of renowned musicians with whom Otmaro works constantly confirms his versatility. Among these amazing artists are John McLaughlin, John Patitucci, Jing Chi, Frank Gambale, Peter Erskine, Dave Weckl, Robben Ford, and Vinnie Colaiuta, making it easy to see why he is regarded as one of the most sought-after keyboardists in the world today.