Dream Theater to Perform Student's Arrangements at Opera House Show
Before he became a Berklee student, Turkish pianist and composer Eren Başbuğ set out to get the attention of Dream Theater, a Grammy-nominated band that formed on campus in 1985. With the help of other musicians in Turkey and YouTube, Başbuğ piqued the group's interest with his arrangement of its 42-minute piece "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence."
One of the more than 100,000 views the video racked up came from Dream Theater's keyboardist, Jordan Rudess, who contacted Başbuğ and asked him to work on a new composition, "Explorations for Keyboard and Orchestra." From there, and especially after Başbuğ came to Berklee to study, the band and the budding composer worked together on more projects. The latest of these are arrangements—including one of "False Awakening Suite"—for the band's most recent studio album and its live album/video Live at Luna Park. The band will be performing these and other arrangements on Tuesday, March 25, at the Boston Opera House.