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ALBUM REVIEW

Maria Schneider Orchestra: Data Lords

Read "Data Lords" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Composer Maria Schneider has long been writing and speaking about the dangers of the omnipresent digital universe, intellectual property theft, gathering and manipulation of personal data by big tech companies, the unchecked proliferation of false and misleading material, and so on. Those concerns form the basis of her latest musical project, Data Lords, a 2 CD set examining the conflicting realities of the digital and real worlds. The two CDs are labeled “The Digital World" and “Our Natural ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Maria Schneider: Data Lords

Read "Data Lords" reviewed by Doug Hall

Maria Schneider, jazz pianist, orchestral composer and 2019 NEA Jazz Master, has just released a new double-album, Data Lords (artistShare, 2020), which creates poignant musical imagery about our data-driven world. Schneider, who has been an active advocate for musicians' rights and copyright, has followed-on this impact, citing “big data" companies as manipulators of music, culture and privacy. This collection of uniquely and emotionally rendered original compositions addresses the conflicting relationships between the digital and natural worlds, featuring Schneider's orchestra of ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Maria Schneider Orchestra: Data Lords

Read "Data Lords" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The skillfully designed cover art tells part of the story; a leaf--half as nature intended--the remainder, a circuit board doppelganger. The pastoral soundscapes associated with the music of Grammy-winning composer/bandleader Maria Schneider belie her activist alter-ego. An outspoken critic of copyright protections, prejudicial revenue schemes and the abuses of “big data," Schneider has authored op-eds and testified before the US Congress. She ventures onto unfamiliar terrain, coalescing her passions on a masterwork double album, Data Lords. The two ...

RADIO

Maria’s A Winner & Sonny Is Too

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Sometimes in this business, you get so saturated with new music that your ears are paralyzed. The blues to the rescue, including Dexter Gordon singing with his voice, not just the saxophone. We also salute and celebrate Maria Schneider's receipt of a Jazz Masters' Award this spring from the National Endowment for the Arts. The first 2019 segment of our Sonny Rollins retrospective precedes Maria, with the 1951 Dig sessions with Miles. Then we turn reflective at this start of ...

INTERVIEW

Maria Schneider: On the Road Again

Read "Maria Schneider: On the Road Again" reviewed by Mark Robbins

Five time Grammy Award winner Maria Schneider and her eighteen-piece collective, some of the finest musicians on the jazz scene today, is on the road in 2018. All About Jazz spoke to the composer/arranger about her work, her love of music and her involvement and commitment to improve on the Music Modernization Act during a stop-over on the tour. The interview was conducted via telephone. All About Jazz: Good morning, Maria and welcome to Virginia. Maria ...

RADIO

Them There Eyes & Songs for the New Year

Read "Them There Eyes & Songs for the New Year" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Welcome September and happy New Year! In the first hour, a celebration of songs by Doris Tauber (composer of “Them There Eyes" and “Drinking Again"), followed by artists covering songs by Maria Schneider, and new releases to herald the change of season. Playlist Rachel Z “All I Want" from Moon at the Window (SHRAPNEL (ORCH)) 00:00 Ian Shaw “Chelsea Morning" from Drawn to All Things(Linn Records) 05:08 Claire Martin “Two Grey Rooms" from Time & Place (Linn ...

LIVE REVIEW

Molde International Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Molde International Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Luca Vitali

Moldejazz Festival Molde, Norway July 16-21, 2018 The Moldejazz festival is the second oldest in Europe--it was started in 1961, just one year behind Ljubljana, in 1960--and is still the most important one in Norway. It was here that Keith Jarrett and Jan Garbarek took their first steps in creating the Allentown pianist's “European quartet." It was here too, even earlier, that Garbarek came into contact with George Russell, the composer and pianist from ...


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