Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess signs to InsideOutMusic for new solo album; launches collaboration with MOISES

InsideOutMusic are pleased to announce their signing of legendary Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess for a brand-new solo album to be released later in 2024. This announcement coincides with an exciting new collaboration between Jordan and Moises, an immersive AI-powered creation tool for musicians.

Jordan is currently putting the finishing touches to the album, which features renowned drummer Darby Todd (Devin Townsend, The Darkness) as well as classically trained vocalist Joe Payne (voted Best Male Vocalist two years running in the Prog Magazine Readers’ Poll) and is expected to release it in September 2024.

Jordan comments on the signing and forthcoming album: “I knew I was going to have some time off after the last Dream Theater tour ended. Enough time to, hopefully, complete a new solo album. I wanted this album to push me to evolve a new compositional perspective. So, this album is my inaugural voyage into crafting a solo album with a dedicated vocalist in mind. Joe Payne’s vocals inspired me from the first time I heard him and drummer, Darby Todd, has infused each track with his distinctive style. I’m also stepping into uncharted instrumental territory, playing guitar on a few tracks. Another first, my daughter, Ariana, has penned all the lyrics for this album. We’ve worked closely together, ensuring that each lyric weaves a story and allows Joe’s beautiful voice to soar. Proud Dad here. All around this album is a testament to collaboration and personal growth.”

InsideOutMusic label-head Thomas Waber adds: “Having worked alongside Jordan with Dream Theater for several years now, we are extremely pleased to be releasing his forthcoming new solo album. Jordan is an artist always at the cutting edge of technology, and we look forward to exploring that with his new music.”

As mentioned, this announcement coincides with an exciting new collaboration between Jordan Rudess & Moises under an ongoing series titled ‘Moises Jam Sessions’. From today, users of the platform can hear the first taste of brand new music in the form of the track ‘Embers’. Fans can use the app to remix the song, using the apps AI-powered tools like stem separation. As Jordan comments:

“My passion for pushing boundaries in music and technology has always been fierce. It’s this very passion that brought me to the incredible team at Moises. Their groundbreaking tools have become the cornerstone of my musical journey, powering my performances on stage and my in-studio explorations.”

Find out more information on Moises here: https://moises.ai/

The track features Jordan alongside the aforementioned Darby Todd & Joe Payne, as well as a guest guitar solo by Bastian Martinez. Fans can expect to hear the track hit streaming services next month, and can follow Jordan on streaming services at this link: https://forms.sonymusicfans.com/campaign/de_jordanrudess_artistfollow/


More information on Jordan Rudess:

Renowned as the “Best Keyboardist of All Time” by Music Radar Magazine, Jordan Rudess stands out as the extraordinary keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist for the platinum-selling, Grammy Award-winning progressive rock band, Dream Theater. Embarking on his musical journey as a classical prodigy, Jordan initiated his studies at the illustrious Juilliard School of Music at the age of 9, laying the foundation for a career marked by a distinctive fusion of classical and rock influences.

Beyond his role in Dream Theater and the power group, Liquid Tension Experiment, Jordan’s musical prowess has resonated across a diverse spectrum of collaborations. From Deep Purple and David Bowie to Steven Wilson and Jan Hammer, he has left an indelible mark on the industry. Notable projects such as LMR (his side venture with Tony Levin and Marco Minneman), Steven Wilson’s Blackfield, guest appearances with Deep Purple and the Dixie Dregs and collaborations with artists like Enrique Iglesias, the Paul Winter Consort, Annie Haslam, and many others, underscore the breadth of his musical reach.

Venturing into the realm of cutting-edge technology, Jordan has emerged as a pioneer with a focus on state-of-the-art keyboard controllers and music apps. As the owner of the highly successful iOS app development company, Wizdom Music, he has spearheaded the creation of award-winning apps, including GeoShred, MorphWiz, SampleWiz, Vythm, Polywave, Jam with Jordan and SampleWiz 2. GeoShred, Wizdom Music’s latest triumph, was a collaborative effort with moForte, founding members of Stanford University’s Sondius team. Rudess is currently working on an AI interactive project as Visiting Artist at MIT’s Media Lab in the Responsive Environments group.



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Jupiter Hollow’s New Music Video Shows You The Pure “Cohesion” of Prog Metal

Toronto, Canada’s Jupiter Hollow takes music to a whole new level. Led by the fearless Grant MacKenzie and Kenny Parry, this powerhouse duo and live quartet featuring John Ryan Godfrey and Nathaniel Reynolds-Welsh have been making waves in Canada since 2015 with their unique brand of progressive rock/metal.

With thought-provoking lyrics, unique vocal melodies, harmonies, powerful guitar riffs, unyielded songwriting, and the duo’s incessant desire to bring fans on a journey, there’s always something new to explore. Thus far they have two full-length albums under their belts: 2020’s “Bereavement”, and 2018’s “AHDOMN”, and have another one in the works. Planning to release singles over the coming months,  Jupiter Hollow takes their time to ensure a polished, impressive offerings song by song. The band just wants nothing more than to make their art and share the experience with as many people as they can. 

Presenting their latest single, “Cohesion”, to follow their previous track “Distant Shadow”, this new song represents the relationship between an artist who wants nothing more than to have the freedom and the ability to express, share, and grow, but is trapped by the demands of survival in an oversaturated society incapable of supporting the true diversity of each individual. 

Musically, “Cohesion” is a complete 180 on level of aggressiveness, however still touches elements of beauty throughout the piece. Jupiter Hollow wanted to have a song that is heavy-hitting, while also having very melodic sections that break out into a sense of euphoria. The performance in the accompanied music video was meant to portray the different emotions and struggles a person may endure when dealing with mental health, having music as an emotional escape.

“Most of us are struggling out there in some way, and a lot of us are on the verge of giving up on everything because we don’t have the life we dream of, constantly reminded everywhere we go by someone who is succeeding while we struggle to survive. So whether you’re an artist, a mechanic, a doctor, or just a single mother or father with barely enough time for their family, let alone themselves, everyone deals with darkness in their life at some point. This song is a reminder that no matter what may get in the way, never lose focus on what makes you be yourself, and never give up on what gives you joy.” adds vocalist Kenny Parry.

Watch and listen to the music video for “Cohesion” at https://youtu.be/7tbnhxuCD-c

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Explorative, and intriguing, Jupiter Hollow continues to push the limits of progressive rock and metal and is recommended for fans of Porcupine Tree, Coheed, and Cambria, Rush, and Protest The Hero.

More info: JupiterHollow.ca | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

“If Jupiter Hollow are emblematic of the next generation of progressive metal bands, a bright tomorrow lies ahead. Hugely impressive.” – Prog Magazine. 

“Comparisons to bands like Tool, Live, A Perfect Circle and Nine Inch Nails come easy and for good reason. This is the new generation of players who are putting their spin on all things progressive, industrial and synthy. The grandsons of Genesis and Yes, this is progressive rock for the youth of today who find the originators a bit to baroque for their tastes… Their sound is built to appeal to fans of so many genres and preferences it should be a slam dunk.” – Skulls n’ Bones

“JUPITER HOLLOW just produced the best prog metal album of all time this year, condensing, mixing and forging a hot musical steel here.” – Prog Archives

“Each track displays plenty of musicianship from this young duo, with vocals continuing to strengthen and songwriting solidifying.” – Heavy Music Headquarters

“A young Canadian duo ready to bring fans of complex music a spacey, experimental and refreshing experience… bursting with high-quality heaviness and progressiveness.” – The Headbanging Moose

Forever Twelve – Eight Billion Heartbeats – Power of Prog Featured Video

Forever Twelve has just released Eight Billion Heartbeats the band’s 3rd video from the latest release Neighborhood of Spirits as our featured video.

Forever Twelve is a Los Angeles, California-based progressive rock band that was founded in the early 90’s by Kenny Hundt and Steve Barberic. The band has had some personnel changes over the years with each new member helping to shape and redefine the sound of what Forever Twelve is today. The latest addition to the band is drummer Robert Craft, formerly of Mars Hollow, Under the Sun, and others.

Music Produced by Forever Twelve
Mixed by Tom Graham and John Baker.
Mastered by John Baker.
Graphics/Cover Photo/Graphic Design: Lisa LaRue-Baker

Video Concept and Production at 785 Arts, LLC

About The Song
“Eight Billion Heartbeats is a song that urges understanding for journeys different than our own. There are no two journeys exactly alike. There are eight billion journeys, and only one planet. How can we possibly make that work? One heartbeat is something we all share, so we start there. One world, one connection inside. Eight Billion Heartbeats.”

Band Members
John Baker: Lead Vocals
Steve Barberic: Keyboards
Tom Graham: Guitar, Keyboards, Bass & Vocals
Robert Craft: Drums

About The Band
Forever Twelve is a Los Angeles, California-based progressive rock band that was founded in the early 90’s by Kenny Hundt and Steve Barberic. The band has had some personnel changes over the years with each new member helping to shape and redefine the sound of what Forever Twelve is today. The latest addition to the band is drummer Robert Craft, formerly of Mars Hollow, Under the Sun, and others.

Recommended if you like AmuZeum, Mars Hollow, Greta Van Fleet, Heliopolis, Box of Shamans, Maze of Time, and Vienna Circle

Forever Twelve Online
Webpage: https://mrrmusic.com/project/forever-twelve/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forevertwelve/

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Big Big Train live in 2024

Since last month’s update we have announced five shows in the USA to take place before our appearance on Cruise To The Edge. Additionally we will be performing at the final ever Night Of The Prog festival in Germany in July and at the legendary Cropredy festival in the UK in August. 

We’re looking forward to all these shows enormously. The band’s first visit to the USA has been long awaited. We hope to return to North America (including Canada!) before too long. However whether we are able to do so depends entirely on how well attended or not the five March shows are. If in doubt, please come out! 

The full list of shows announced for 2024 so far is:

1 March 2024 Sweetwater Performance Theater, Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA 

2 March 2024 Rivoli Theater, Rutherford, New Jersey, USA*

3 March 2024 Rivoli Theater, Rutherford, New Jersey, USA*

5 March 2024 Regent Theatre, Arlington (Boston), Massachusetts, USA

6 March 2024 Electric City, Buffalo, New York, USA (new show added)**
Tickets on sale 23rd January 2024

8 –13 March 2024 Cruise To The Edge 

July 2024 Night Of The Prog, Loreley, Germany

9 August 2024 Cropredy Festival, Oxfordshire, UK

*The two New Jersey shows will feature significantly different set lists.

** The Buffalo show is the only mainland USA show currently scheduled to feature the BBT four piece brass section.

2024 Tour Patron Package

Following the very positive feedback from fans about the 2022/23 Tour Patron package, we will be launching a 2024 Tour Patron package tomorrow.

The Likes Of Us

Last Wednesday our label InsideOut released Miramare, a second single from our forthcoming new studio album The Likes Of Us. Here’s the video:

Thank you to everyone who helped Oblivion, the first single from The Likes Of Us, reach well over 140,000 views so far. You can watch Gregory Spawton in conversation with Andy Stuart about Oblivion here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyUS2vjYie4&t=2s

Nick D’Virgilio talks about and plays through the song here: https://youtu.be/B7wpJ1fKSS8?si=7pbkS8B-Zd7VekeT
A further Andy Stuart interview with Gregory discussing the background to the album is here:

You can pre-order The Likes Of Us in multiple different formats (limited edition Mediabook with Dolby Atmos, 5.1 Surround Sound & 24-bit high-resolution stereo; Gatefold 180g 2LP available in black, sky blue, olive green and orange; Standard CD Jewelcase) here: 

www.burningshed.com/store/english-electric-recordings (UK, Europe, Rest of the World)

www.thebandwagonusa.com/en-gb/collections/big-big-train (North America)

A link to all digital services is here: https://bigbigtrain.lnk.to/TheLikesOfUs

Best wishes,

Big Big Train

BIG BIG TRAIN – Miramare (OFFICIAL VIDEO) Featured Video

Taken from the album “The Likes of Us’ out March 1st, 2024

The award-winning progressive rock band BIG BIG TRAIN release their 15th studio album via InsideOut Music on March 1, 2024, marking the first full release with new frontman Alberto Bravin (ex-PFM). The anxiously-awaited unveiling of ‘The Likes Of Us’ follows BIG BIG TRAIN’s massively successful recent European tour, which saw them perform 17 concerts across nine countries, concluding with two triumphant appearances at London’s Cadogan Hall. The album is a stunning piece of work that retains all the elements that make the band so special, including absorbing and memorable arrangements and first-rate musicianship.

Clare Lindley 
Nick D’Virgilio 
Alberto Bravin 
Rikard Sjöblom​ 
Gregory Spawton 
Dave Foster 
Oskar Holldorff

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