Maria Schneider

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Maria Schneider conducting her Orchestra at 2010 CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival
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Maria Schneider conducting her Orchestra at the CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival 2010
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Maria Schneider and her orchestra at the 65th Ojai Music Festival on June 12, 2011 in the new Libbey Bowl in Ojai, CA
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Maria Schneider and her orchestra at the 65th Ojai Music Festival on June 12, 2011 in the new Libbey Bowl in Ojai, CA
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Maria Schneider’s music has been hailed by critics as “evocative, majestic, magical, heart-stoppingly gorgeous, and beyond categorization.” She and her orchestra became widely known starting in 1994 when they released their debut recording, “Evanescence.” With that recording, Schneider began to develop a highly personal way of writing for her 17-member collective, tailoring her compositions to distinctly highlight the unique voices of the group. Subsequently, the Maria Schneider Orchestra has performed at festivals and concert halls worldwide. She has received numerous commissions and guest conducting invites, working with more than 85 groups from over 30 countries spanning Europe, South America, Australia, Asia and North America.

Schneider’s music blurs the lines between genres, and as a result, her long list of commissioners has become quite varied. They include the Norrbotten Big Band and Danish Radio Orchestra with Toots Thielemans and Ivan Lins, the Metropole Orchestra in the Netherlands (several works), Orchestra National de Jazz (Recapitulation), Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra (El Viento), Monterey Jazz Festival (Scenes from Childhood, Willow Lake), The American Dance Festival (for dance company, Pilobolus–Dissolution), University of Miami Concert Jazz Band (Three Romances), Hunter College (Concert in the Garden, Sky Blue), Jazz at Lincoln Center (Buleria, Soleá y Rumba), Los Angeles Philharmonic Association (Aires de Lando), Peter Sellars’ New Crowned Hope Festival (Vienna’s Mozart Festival–Cerulean Skies), Kronos Quartet (String Quartet No. 1) and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra with soprano, Dawn Upshaw (Carlos Drummond de Andrade Stories), a work that will receive its New York premiere at Carnegie Hall, May 13th, 2011, conducted by Schneider.

Schneider’s most recent work (premiering June 12th, 2011), co-commissioned by the Ojai Festival, The Australian Chamber Orchestra and Cal Performances, will blur boundaries further as it features the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Dawn Upshaw, and two musicians long associated with Schneider’s own orchestra: pianist Frank Kimbrough, and multi-instrumentalist Scott Robinson. For this work, she is incorporating poems by poet laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Ted Kooser, from his book ”Winter Morning Walks.”

Schneider and her orchestra have a distinguished recording career with nine Grammy nominations and two Grammy awards. “Concert in the Garden” (Best Large Ensemble Album), released only through her ArtistShare® website, became historic as the first record to win a Grammy with Internet-only sales. The second Grammy was awarded for Maria’s composition Cerulean Skies (Best Instrumental Composition).

Schneider continues to be a pioneer in funding her projects. She recently composed two works for her own orchestra with the involvement of commissioners, not from arts organizations, but directly from her ArtistShare® fan base. For these projects, she documented her process of creating the two new works for participating fans. The commissioners are Christophe Asselineau (The Thompson Fields), and Bill and Carol Bloemer, Justin Freed, Paul James and John Koerber (Lembrança).

"Concert in the Garden" and her orchestra’s latest album, "Sky Blue" (on which Cerulean Skies was recorded) were both named “Jazz Album of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association and the DOWNBEAT Critics Poll.

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"Maria Schneider's orchestral jazz is about feeling. Like Wayne Shorter, she somehow expresses compassion through tones."
–THE NEW YORK TIMES–Ben Ratliff

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05/10/13    JT Notes    By Evan Haga

JT Notes: Editor Evan Haga Introduces the May 2013 Issue

01/18/13    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Maria Schneider to Release First New Album in Five Years

12/03/12    In Person    By Lee Mergner

Ingrid Jensen: Living with the Trumpet

10/13/11    Judy Carmichael's Jazz Inspired    By Judy Carmichael

Maria Schneider: Creating Beauty

10/09/11    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Voll-Damm Barcelona International Jazz Festival Set for October 16-December 1

October 2011    Education    By Laurel Gross

Teacher, Teacher: Life Lessons Learned

06/19/11    Concerts    By Chris Walker

Maria Schneider at Ojai Music Festival

11/25/10    News    By Lee Mergner

Jazz News & Stories From Around the World

09/13/10    Concerts    By Carlo Wolff

Detroit International Jazz Festival 2010: An Embarrassment of Riches

08/09/10    Concerts    By Ken Franckling

CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival

03/01/10    News    By Lee Mergner

Jazz Festival in Detroit to Salute the "Flamekeepers"

11/27/09    News    By Lee Mergner

Bob Brookmeyer To Be Honored in Concert at Eastman School of Music

05/08/09    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival Next Weekend

03/13/09    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Montréal Jazz Festival Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

10/02/08    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

Monterey Jazz Festival

January/February 2008    The Gig    By Nate Chinen

2007: The Year in Gigs

11/22/07    Concerts    By Jeff Tamarkin

Maria Schneider Orchestra in New York

November 2007    Albums    By George Kanzler

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September 2006    Features    By David French

Big Swing Central: Big Bands in the Big Apple

04/09/06    Concerts    By Mike Shanley

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April 2006    Albums    By Andrew Lindemann Malone

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April 2006    Albums    By Andrew Lindemann Malone

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March 2006    At Home    By Bill Milkowski

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11/08/05    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

JazzFest Berlin 2005

January/February 2005    The Gig    By Nate Chinen

The Year in Gigs

January/February 2005    Critics Picks    By JazzTimes

The Year '04 in Review: Top 50 CDs

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The Year '04 in Review: Highs and Lows

October 2004    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

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October 2004    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

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02/04/03    Concerts    By Greg Robinson

Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra and Maria Schneider Orchestra: As of Now

03/26/02    Concerts    By Bill Bennett

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December 2000    Albums    By Reuben Jackson

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Allegresse

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Concert in the Garden

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