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Data Lords

Maria Schneider Orchestra

APR 16–19 | Big Band Week

Apr 16, 2020
Miner Auditorium
ThuApr 16
7:30 PM

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The “pre-eminent big band composer of our time” (Slate), Maria Schneider is a five-time GRAMMY award winner. Her swirling, whirling compositions possess the “sweep and drama of tone poems” from the classical repertoire (The New York Times), yet her 18-piece orchestra remains steeped in the jazz tradition, delivering her works with fire and swing. In San Francisco, the group – “A Who’s Who of New York jazz aces” (San Jose Mercury News) – will perform selections from Data Lords, Schneider’s new album, with the composer conducting.

A Minnesota native, Schneider attended the Eastman School of Music before moving to Manhattan where she was mentored by legendary jazz arrangers Gil Evans and Bob Brookmeyer. As Evans’s copyist and assistant, she collaborated on music for a tour with Sting and helped score The Color of Money, the 1986 film directed by Martin Scorsese. In the early ‘90s, she formed the Maria Schneider Orchestra and began to receive accolades for her recordings, including Concert in the Garden, Sky Blue and The Thompson Fields, all resplendent with billowing Ravel-like textures. Her collaborators have ranged from David Bowie to operatic soprano Dawn Upshaw, and her band has included many top jazz soloists, including saxophonists Donny McCaslin and Steve Wilson, pianist Frank Kimbrough and drummer Johnathan Blake. Described as “a national treasure” by NPR, Schneider is an advocate for musicians’ rights and has testified before Congress about copyright issues and free online streaming. She has critiqued big data companies for their impact on privacy and culture; hence, the title of her new recording, Data Lords.

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Described as "a national treasure" by NPR, Schneider has critiqued big data companies for their impact on privacy and culture; hence, the title of her new recording, Data Lords.

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Bill & Margie Holdnak

A composer and orchestrator of penetrating insight.

The New York Times

A composer and orchestrator of penetrating insight.

The New York Times

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