Maria Schneider’s music has been hailed by critics as “evocative, majestic, magical, heart-stoppingly gorgeous, imaginative, revelatory, riveting, daring, and beyond categorization.” Blurring the lines between genres, her varied commissioners stretch from Jazz at Lincoln Center, to The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, to the American Dance Festival, and include collaboration with David Bowie.
With her first recording, Evanescence (1994), Schneider began developing her personal way of writing for her 18-member collective made up of many of the finest musicians in jazz today, tailoring her compositions to the uniquely creative voices of the group.
Unique funding of projects has become a hallmark for Schneider.
A strong voice for music advocacy, Schneider has testified before the US Congressional Subcommittee on Intellectual Property on digital rights, has given commentary on CNN, participated in round-tables for the United States Copyright Office, has been quoted in numerous publications for her views on Spotify, Pandora, YouTube, Google, digital rights, and music piracy, and has written various white papers and articles on the digital economy as related to music and beyond.
Her latest double-album, Data Lords (2020) has melded her advocacy and art.
Maria Schneider Orchestra : Walking By Flashlight (The Thompson Fields - ArtistShare - 2015)
Maria Schneider Orchestra : Hang Gliding (Allégresse - Enja Records - 2000)
Maria Schneider Orchestra : Sputnik (Data Lords - ArtistShare - 2020)
Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra : Wurgly (Evanescence - Enja Records -1994)
Picture Schneider 2020 © Briene Lermitte