Martin Orford – Keyboard
Arjen explains: My brother (the infamous Gjalt) is a big IQ fan. I went to an IQ show many years ago and liked what I heard. Later on I bought their album ‘Subterranea’ which I really enjoyed. Some melodies and synth-sounds on ‘Subterranea’ are simply amazing! Then I went to another IQ gig and Arie Verstegen, the organiser, arranged a meeting between Martin and me. Martin didn’t know Ayreon, but he had heard a lot about it and was very interested. So I sent him an Ayreon album- he liked it and agreed to play on the new album. I got his solo by mail, and I must say that Martin did a great job. As I expected: a great sound and some great melodies, but also some impressive fast stuff! I told Martin that he can always rely on me if he wants me to play on one of his albums, so I hope he will take me up on that offer.