MARIA SCHNEIDER


BIO: 1/12/2013 2:47:40 PM - 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 first recording, 'Evanescence.' With that recording, Schneider began to develop her 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 herself has received numerous commissions and guest conducting invites, working with over 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 have slowly 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), 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), The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra with soprano, Dawn Upshaw (Carlos Drummond de Andrade Stories) and the Ojai Festival, The Australian Chamber Orchestra and Cal Performances (Winter Morning Walks), a work for the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Dawn Upshaw, and three musicians long associated with Schneider: pianist, Frank Kimbrough, bassist, Jay Anderson, and multi-instrumentalist, Scott Robinson. Schneider and her orchestra have a distinguished recording career with nine Grammy nominations and two Grammy awards. Her albums. Concert in the Garden and Sky Blue were named “Jazz Album of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association and DOWNBEAT Critics Poll. Unique funding of projects has continued for Schneider, as she has composed four 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 creative process for participating fans. In 2012, her alma mater, the University of Minnesota, awarded Schneider an honorary doctorate. “Maria Schneider’s orchestral jazz is about feeling. Like Wayne Shorter, she somehow expresses compassion through tones.” –THE NEW YORK TIMES “To call Schneider the most important woman in jazz is missing the point … She is a major composer–period.” –TIME MAGAZINE

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Maria Schneider DATA LORDS Is Coming July 24, 2020 Photo Maria Schneider DATA LORDS Is Coming July 24, 2020
by BWW News Desk - June 04, 2020

Data Lords is a new double-album by Grammy Award-winning composer and bandleader Maria Schneider.  Inspired by conflicting relationships between the digital and natural worlds, the recording features Schneider's acclaimed orchestra of 18 world-class musicians. ...
Norah Jones, Wynton Marsalis and More Announced for 66th Edition of Newport Jazz Fest Photo Norah Jones, Wynton Marsalis and More Announced for 66th Edition of Newport Jazz Festival
by TV News Desk - February 11, 2020

Incredible ensembles, global superstars, legendary instrumentalists and genre-bending up-and-comers make up the first wave of artists announced today for the 66th edition of Newport Jazz. Curated by Artistic Director Christian McBride and founder George Wein, the Festival takes place August 7-9 at F...
Natalie Merchant and Francisco Nunez Tapped for ASCAP Foundation Honors Photo Natalie Merchant and Francisco Nunez Tapped for ASCAP Foundation Honors
by TV News Desk - October 28, 2019

The ASCAP Foundation announces that multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and social justice activist Natalie Merchant will be recognized with The ASCAP Foundation Champion Award and composer, conductor, artistic director and founder of the Young People's Chorus of New York City (YPC) Francisc...
Drummer-Composer Mareike Wiening Leads New York Crew On Greenleaf Music Debut Photo Drummer-Composer Mareike Wiening Leads New York Crew On Greenleaf Music Debut
by BWW News Desk - October 02, 2019

An in-demand sidewoman on the fertile jazz scenes of both New York City and her native Nuremberg, Germany, drummer Mareike Wiening [pronounced: Mar-eye-kuh Vee-ning] asserts her extraordinary talents as composer, player and bandleader on Metropolis Paradise, her first full-length CD and debut on the...
Augie Haas to Throw Album Release Party at Birdland Theater Photo Augie Haas to Throw Album Release Party at Birdland Theater
by TV News Desk - August 27, 2019

Augie Haas is best known as a well-respected trumpeter, educator and composer. His most recent recording, Dream A Little Dream, is a change of pace. It balances jazz and doo-wop standards, featuring eight vocal tracks and three instrumentals. Haas displays an impressive range on trumpet as well as a...
Bryn Roberts & Lage Lund's HIDE THE MOON AND STARS On 10/26 Photo Bryn Roberts & Lage Lund's HIDE THE MOON AND STARS On 10/26
by BWW News Desk - September 13, 2018

Hide the Moon and the Stars, the sublime new duo recording from pianist Bryn Roberts and guitarist Lage Lund, isn't the kind of jazz album that needs to be read about before it can be understood and enjoyed. It didn't premiere as part of a postmodern opera or multimedia performance; there isn't an o...
Abelita Mateus to Release New Album MIXED FEELINGS August 1 Photo Abelita Mateus to Release New Album MIXED FEELINGS August 1
by TV News Desk - July 26, 2018

'A mixture of excitement, sadness, 'saudades', happiness, failure, regret, luck - all of the things I was feeling at the time are in my music.  I lived in Brazil for the first 30 years of my life. When I decided to move to another country, I had mixed feelings about the new challenges I was about to...
NYC Trumpeter Augie Haas Releases New Studio Album HAVE WE MET? Photo NYC Trumpeter Augie Haas Releases New Studio Album HAVE WE MET?
by TV News Desk - July 20, 2018

Today, Augie Haas releases his new studio album Have We Met?...
Augie Haas Releases New Single SO DANCO SAMBA Photo Augie Haas Releases New Single SO DANCO SAMBA
by TV News Desk - July 06, 2018

'Today we release the last single from our new album, Have We Met?. I am excited for the latest single 'So Danco Samba', and even more excited that we are just two weeks out from the full album release! In our latest single, we transport you down to Brazil for a quick escape with the added bonus of ...
Augie Haas Releases New Single HAVE YOU MET MISS JONES From New Album HAVE WE MET Out Photo Augie Haas Releases New Single HAVE YOU MET MISS JONES From New Album HAVE WE MET Out July 20
by TV News Desk - June 15, 2018

Today Augie Haas released the second single 'Have You Met Miss Jones' from his forthcoming albumHave We Met, out everywhere on July 20th. Pre order the album here....
Guitarist Pete McCann Flexes Jazz-Rock Muscles on PAY FOR IT ON THE OTHER SIDE Set fo Photo Guitarist Pete McCann Flexes Jazz-Rock Muscles on PAY FOR IT ON THE OTHER SIDE Set for July 20 Release
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2018

Pete McCann's trademark infusion of postbop jazz with roots-rock grit and energy reaches a new peak with the guitarist-composer's July 20 release of 'Pay for It on the Other Side' (McCannic Music). McCann's sixth album, and his third with the quintet of alto saxophonist John O'Gallagher, pianist/key...
Guitarist Pete McCann's PAY FOR IT ON THE OTHER SIDE Album Set for July 20 Release by Photo Guitarist Pete McCann's PAY FOR IT ON THE OTHER SIDE Album Set for July 20 Release by McCannic Music
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2018

Pete McCann's trademark infusion of postbop jazz with roots-rock grit and energy reaches a new peak with the guitarist-composer's July 20 release of 'Pay for It on the Other Side' (McCannic Music). McCann's sixth album, and his third with the quintet of alto saxophonist John O'Gallagher, pianist/key...
NYC Musician's Union Local 802 Announces Winner of Four-Year $40,000 Emerging Artists Photo NYC Musician's Union Local 802 Announces Winner of Four-Year $40,000 Emerging Artists Project Grant: The Roxy Coss Quintet!
by TV News Desk - April 02, 2018

The Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM today announced that the Roxy Coss Quintet is the winner of the union's groundbreaking Emerging Artists Project (EAP). The four-year grant program, launched in partnership with Orchestra of St. Luke's (OSL), has been designed to provide sup...
Aussie Saxman Evan Harris Takes Flight with Debut Release 'Skylines' Photo Aussie Saxman Evan Harris Takes Flight with Debut Release 'Skylines'
by BWW News Desk - January 26, 2018

Debut album Skylines from New York-based Australian saxophonist Evan Harris, documents a deeply personal journey by a young saxophonist at the top of his game breaking into the toughest music scene in the world, New York City....
Brooklyn Music School's 5th Annual Middle School Jazz Festival 3/3 Photo Brooklyn Music School's 5th Annual Middle School Jazz Festival 3/3
by BWW News Desk - December 18, 2017

Brooklyn Music School (BMS) presents the 5th Annual Middle School Jazz Festival on Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 12pm to 6:30pm, with a concert at 5:30pm. BMS is located at 126 Saint Felix Street, Brooklyn. Concert tickets are a $10 suggested donation. For more information, visit https://www.eventbri...
Jazz Singer Astrid Kuljanic Releases New Album RIVA
by BWW News Desk - August 03, 2017

 Accomplished jazz vocalist Astrid Kuljanic will release her new project of traditional folk and jazz-influenced work October 24th with a cross-cultural group of musicians, Transatlantic Exploration Company. Taking advantage of the diverse musical cultures in New York City, Kuljanic has explored Jaz...
2017 International Jazz Composers' Symposium Honors Chick Corea
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2017

For two and a half days in the middle of May, prominent jazz composers, musicians, scholars, students, and industry professionals from across the world flocked to Tampa, FL to convene for the first Jazz Composers' Symposium in almost 10 years. Taking place in the University of South Florida School o...
Bobby Selvaggio's 'Quantum Man' New on Dot Time Records
by BWW News Desk - March 01, 2017

Bobby Selvaggio's newest recording 'Quantum Man' contains some of his most interesting, adventurous playing/writing to date....
Photo Coverage: Benj Pasek & Justin Paul Among ASCAP Foundation Honorees
by Stephen Sorokoff - December 15, 2016

The 2016 ASCAP FOUNDATION HONORS were given out last night at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Appel Room last night and BroadwayWorld was there....
Rolling Stone Premieres Donny McCaslin's Bowie Cover from Upcoming Album
by BWW News Desk - September 09, 2016

One week ahead of their U.S. tour, saxophonist Donny McCaslin and his band, featured on David Bowie's Blackstar, have shared a new track from their upcoming album, Beyond Now. Set for October 14 release on Motéma Music, the album is dedicated to and inspired by Bowie....
Pianist Peggy Stern to Release 'Z Octet' in July
by BWW News Desk - June 13, 2016

Finding inspiration in the physical surroundings of her current hometown of Austin, Texas, and drawing upon what jazz critic Harvey Pekar called her 'fertile imagination' as a pianist, composer, and arranger, Peggy Stern has recorded the deepest and most personal album of her distinguished career, '...