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Dream Theater Keyboardist, Jordan Rudess, Releases Live Solo CD 4NYC. A Portion Of The Proceeds Will Be Donated To Aid the Families Of The Victims Of The World Trade Center Attack.
September 10, 2002 - Nyack, NY - In what words can never say, music can calm the heart, ease the mind, and soothe the soul. Jordan Rudess' latest live CD release, "4NYC" is a celebration of life, of the one's we love, and of healing. A part of the proceeds from the sale of "4NYC" will go to help the families of the victims and the Heroes of September 11, 2001.
A most heartfelt and soulful gift by one of America's leading contemporary keyboardists, Jordan has captured on CD his September 25, 2001 American Red Cross Benefit Concert for the Victims of the World Trade Center. Jordan raised and donated $12,000.00 from ticket sales alone. With additional specially recorded, original instrumental compositions, Jordan delivers one of the most dynamic and impassioned life celebratory piano and keyboard performances of his recording career.
Shown in the above image, Jordan Rudess, second from left, along with Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center member Howard Hellman and Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center Associate Director Marilyn Stimac present the $12,000.000 check to Amy Nolan, far right, Director of the Nyack Chapter of the American Red Cross.
4NYC features Jordan performing improvised compositions, as well as songs from Dream Theater and Liquid Tension Experiment on a nine-foot Steinway grand, a Kurzweil 2600 and a Korg Karma. The CD also features a whimsical version of 'Mary Had A Little Lamb' as requested by Jordans daughter, Ariana.
Produced with help from his wife Danielle, Jordans September 25, 2001 benefit concert took place Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center in Nyack, NY. The performance was promoted through Jordans and Dream Theaters Internet community, as well as local newspapers and radio stations.
A week after the performance, work began on mixing and mastering the performance for CD release. Jordan felt his improvised compositions represented some of the evenings best material and became motivated to record additional compositions in his home studio to complete the CD.
Jordan states, "The concert and creation of the 4NYC CD was a way for me to do something positive for people after the tragedy of September 11th. Music has always been my most effective means for expression. The music on this CD, perhaps more than anything else I've done, comes straight from my heart. I hope it brings some small comfort, peace of mind and joy to all who listen to it."
Jordan Rudess can also be heard playing all keyboards on the recently released David Bowie album, Heathen.
"4NYC" can be ordered through www.jordanrudess.com.