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Maria Schneider: Going Her Own Way

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Maria Schneider is widely considered one of the finest contemporary band leaders, composers, and arrangers. For two decades, The Maria Schneider Orchestra has generated excitement and sometimes surprise, at club dates, concerts, and festivals and with GRAMMY-winning records on the ArtistShare label, where Schneider pioneered in the process of commissioning recordings by giving subscribers an inside look at the creative process. Recently, her venture into classical music with the recording, Winter Morning Walks (ArtistShare, 2013), featuring soprano Dawn Upshaw and the Australian and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, won three Grammy Awards, including “best contemporary classical composition." Scbneider learned ...

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Dawn Upshaw/Maria Schneider: Winter Morning Walks

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Maria Schneider proved her genius as a composer and arranger beyond any doubt with Concert in the Garden (ArtistShare, 2004), and she did it again on her second masterpiece of orchestral jazz, Sky Blue (ArtistShare, 2007). With Winter Morning Walks, Schneider introduces her first works with major orchestras, the Australian Chamber Orchestra on the nine part “Winter Morning Walks," and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra on “Carlo Drummond de Andrade Stories," both in partnership with soprano Dawn Upshaw.“Winter Morning Walks," puts music to the poetry of Ted Kooser, the Poet Laureate of the United States from 2004 to ...

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Maria Schneider: Voll-Damm International Jazz Festival, Barcelona, Spain, October 20, 2011

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Maria Schneider Orchestra 43rd Voll-Damm International Jazz Festival Barcelona, Spain October 20, 2011 Legend has it that a girl from Windom, in the agrarian depths of Minnesota, conquered territories banned to her human nature. They claimed that Maria Schneider, the name by which that little girl still goes by, had the ability to fly and make everyone in her domains do so. Many say that it is from above, where they were shown the truths revealed from her acrobatics. Others insist on staying grounded, as if they need to cling to the earth so as ...

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Maria Schneider at Birdland

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The jazz tradition of third stream music initiated by Gil Evans (with Miles Davis) nearly 50 years ago has been dutifully preserved by Maria Schneider since she founded her orchestra in 1992. The tradition seeks to combine the modern harmonies created by 20th century classical composers with the rhythmical, improvisational structures of jazz. The style was also labeled “avante-garde" jazz when writers began describing it shortly after the notable album Sketches of Spain was released in 1960. Although the music was initially heralded with high artistic praise, revisionist thinking has somewhat diminished its luster. The Penguin Guide to jazz has ...

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Maria Schneider Orchestra: Sky Blue

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Composer and orchestra leader Maria Schneider won her first Grammy for her 2004 ArtistShare album, Concert In The Garden, and now has garnered two Grammy nominations for her 2007 release, Sky Blue. Nominated for “Best Large Ensemble Album and “Best Instrumental Composition ("Cerulean Skies ), Schneider cements her reputation as one of the great composers of our time. What is clearly evident from the outset is that Sky Blue is not your typical big band recording. Those expecting the swing and swagger of a big band production are in for a surprise.

Schneider pushes the boundaries of jazz, ...

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Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra at the Jazz Standard, NYC

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The Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra at the Jazz StandardThe Jazz StandardNew York City, New York>November 20, 2007 This year's Thanksgiving week stand at the Jazz Standard, the third year in a row for the band, started off with what can only be described as a magical experience. The club was sold out for both shows on this night, and will most likely be for the rest of the week. The reason is quite simple: Schneider writes and arranges music that speaks directly from her heart to ours -- music that is ...

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Maria Schneider Flies into Boston: "Look, Up in the Sky! It's an Orchestra!"

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Maria Schneider Orchestra Berklee Performance HallBoston, Massachusetts November 17, 2007 The power of Maria Schneider's musical imagery calls to mind a variation on a superhero movie tagline: “You will believe a band can fly." And fly they did on what was their Boston debut, with the orchestra's diminutive blonde bandleader, adorned in matching black slacks and blouse, piloting her 18-piece supergroup and a capacity audience on an expansive, multifarious aural flight around the globe. First on the itinerary, “Green Piece" provided piano soloist Frank Kimbrough bright fertile landscapes in a major mode to ...

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Maria Schneider Orchestra: Sky Blue

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It will be very surprising if Maria Schneider's Sky Blue is not named as one of the most treasured albums of 2007. The album brings together the teachings of her mentor, Gil Evans, and, to some extent, the sweeping panoramas of Aaron Copland into a majestic orchestral setting. There is no question that Schneider's contributions as a composer have never been so important, with these compositions inspired by her real life experiences, and performed by the ensemble of the Orchestra and selected soloists.

Schneider has packaged her own product on the ArtistShare label far more attractively than the ...

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Maria Schneider: Raising the Bar

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Maria Schneider, one of the most innovative big band composer/arrangers of the past two decades, is on a roll--in an era of declining record sales and rising recording costs, she is flying high. Sky Blue (2007), her second release through ArtistShare, has garnered considerable accolades; largely fan-funded, the album is not only an artistic triumph but a product and paragon of the new jazz business model. In a recent conversation, Schneider shared her thoughts on femininity, musical influences, writing, audiences and the role of the internet.All About Jazz: What can you offer from a woman's perspective?Maria ...

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Maria Schneider Orchestra: Sky Blue

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The warmest of accolades have already been heaped upon Maria Schneider's new record, and deservedly so. How, everyone seems to wonder, could Schneider possibly top the Grammy-winning Concert in the Garden (ArtistShare, 2004)? Forget that. How could she possibly top the first four minutes of “The Pretty Road," the track that opens Sky Blue? Somehow, Ingrid Jensen's long and suitably airy solo lifts the piece higher still. And then there are four more incredible numbers...Beyond the oft-remarked lineage that links Schneider to Duke Ellington and Gil Evans, the central role played by birds on the majority of the ...

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Maria Schneider Orchestra: Sky Blue

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Maria Schneider and her orchestra (and yes, it is an orchestra and not a band) demonstrate everything that is right with ArtistShare specifically and jazz in general, with the miraculous Sky Blue being but the latest example. In a perfect world, ArtistShare would not have to exist, since record companies would deal honestly with the artist and music lovers would actually buy the records and not expect everything digital to be free. However, since Utopia has not arrived yet, ArtistShare was created to help bring together artists and their fans--who can, to the degree ...

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Maria Schneider Orchestra: Sky Blue

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There's a reason that composer/bandleader Maria Schneider calls her large ensemble an orchestra. The term “big band suggests a number of inherent expectations relating to historical tradition. Schneider's group may be configured like a big band--five reeds, four trumpets, four trombones with an expanded rhythm section--but the music she writes delves into territories considerably farther afield. Sky Blue is a logical follow-up to her Grammy Award-winning Concert in the Garden (ArtistShare, 2004), but there's been significant evolution as well.

Even more ambitious than its predecessor, Sky Blue doesn't completely leave behind the South American influences heard on Concert. The Peruvian-informed ...

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Maria Schneider Orchestra: Sky Blue

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If you are fond of lovely music, and are able to look beyond categories and labels to unmask its allure, chances are you'll fall head-over-heels in love with Sky Blue, composer/arranger Maria Schneider's sixth album and third for ArtistShare. Having studied with Bob Brookmeyer and the late Gil Evans, and strived earlier in her career to emulate their style and temperament, Schneider has of late begun listening more to her own heart and composing music that is not only surpassingly beautiful but explicitly personal and honest.

Is it jazz? In a manner of speaking, yes. There is a rhythmic pulse, ...

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Maria Schneider Orchestra: Sky Blue

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Maria Schneider says she takes great pleasure in making people sound their best. In an orchestral setting, nobody does it better. She proved that on Concert in the Garden (ArtistShare, 2004); and she raises the bar with Sky Blue. Schneider, like Duke Ellington before her, writes for her players, and on this disc she has incited seven adventurous and heart-stoppingly gorgeous solos from various long-term band members, wrapping each of their eloquent statements in the grandeur, the majestic ebb and flow of her twenty-piece ensemble.It seemed impossible for Schneider top her Grammy-winning Concert in the Garden, but she's ...



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