2017 FORT ADAMS LINEUP
SUNDAY AUGUST 6, 2017
Maria Schneider Orchestra
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 recording, Evanescence. There, Schneider began to develop her personal way of writing for what would become her 18-member collective, made up of many of the finest musicians in jazz today, tailoring her compositions to distinctly highlight the uniquely creative voices of the group.
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. Schneider’s music blurs the lines between genres, making her long list of commissioners quite varied, stretching from Jazz at Lincoln Center, to The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, to collaborating with David Bowie. She is among a small few to have received GRAMMYS in multiple genres, have received the award in both jazz and classical categories, as well as for her work with David Bowie.
Schneider and her orchestra have a distinguished recording career with twelve GRAMMY nominations and five GRAMMY awards. Unique funding of projects has become a hallmark for Schneider through the trend-setting company, ArtistShare. Her album, Concert in the Garden (2004) became historic as the first recording to win a GRAMMY with Internet-only sales, even more significantly, it blazed the “crowd-funding” trail as ArtistShare’s first release. She’s been awarded many honors by the Jazz Journalists Association, and by both the DOWNBEAT and JAZZTIMES Critics and Readers Polls. In 2012, her alma mater, the University of Minnesota, presented Schneider with an honorary doctorate, and in 2014, ASCAP awarded her their esteemed Concert Music Award as well as their Life in Music Award.
Schneider has become a strong voice for music advocacy, and in 2014, she testified before the U.S. Congressional Subcommittee on Intellectual Property about digital rights, and in 1016, was also invited to be part of the U.S. Copyright Office roundtables on this same subject. She has appeared on CNN and has been quoted in numerous publications for her views on digital rights and music piracy. Most recently, in a series of open letters, Schneider has been very outspoken in her criticism of YouTube and its practice of perpetuating piracy. In regard to these issues as well as other important issues for performing artists and music creators, she and concerned colleagues in New York have now launched a widespread campaign on behalf of music-makers, called MusicAnswers.org.