Maria Schneider (musician)

Mary Lynn Schneider ( born November 27, 1960 in Windom, Minnesota) is an American composer, band leader and arranger. It is regarded as "one of the most original composers and arrangers of contemporary big band jazz. "

Life and work

The age of five Schneider took piano lessons; her teacher was a native of Chicago jazz pianist. In the school band, she played clarinet and violin. After studying music at the University of Minnesota ( BA 1983), the University of Miami and the Eastman School of Music ( MA 1985) Schneider in 1985 came to New York City. Here she graduated 1986 to 1991 a private composition studies with Rayburn Wright, after his death in 1990 at Bob Brookmeyer. This led one at Mel Lewis, who performed some of her compositions with his orchestra. At the same time, she was assistant to the arranger Gil Evans and worked with him on numerous projects, in particular the music for the film The Color of Money ( The Color of Money ) and the music for the Gil-Evans/Sting-Tournee 1987.

Maria Schneider in 1992 founded her own big band, the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, and thus entered from 1993 to 1998 every Monday at Jazz Club Visiones in New York. Commissioned works she wrote, among other things, the following orchestras: Norrbotten Big Band, Danish Radio Orchestra, Metropole Orchestra, Orchestre National de Jazz and Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra. In Germany she worked with the big band " fender bender ", the WDR Big Band Cologne, the Sunday Night Orchestra, the SWR Big Band and the NDR Big Band.

In their formations worked and a Jeff Ballard, Dave Ballou, George Flynn, Greg Gisbert, Tim Horner, Ingrid Jensen, Rick Margitza, Rich Perry, Tim Ries, Scott Robinson and Ryan Truesdell.

Prizes and awards

Schneider received the 1991 Gil Evans Fellowship. It was 1997, 2001 and 2002 recognized as " Arranger of the Year" in Down Beat poll of critics. In 2001 she also received the " Readers' Poll Award" for arrangers of the magazine, and also in 2004 and often afterwards, eg 2011 in the reader and critic polls as arranger and composer. After she has been nominated twice for a Grammy, she received her first Grammy in 2005 for her album Concert in the Garden ( the first Grammy for a CD that is sold exclusively through the Internet). 2007 her a second Grammy was awarded for her composition Cerulean Skies. For their composition dissolution, which was created in collaboration with the Pilobolus Dance Group, she was awarded the Doris Duke Award.

Disco Graphical Notes

  • Evanescence ( Enja, 1994)
  • Coming About ( Enja, 1996)
  • Allegresse ( Enja, 2000)
  • Concert in the Garden (Artist Share, 2004)
  • Sky Blue (2007)
  • Winter Morning Walks ( 2013), with Saint Paul and Australian Chamber Orchestra, Dawn Upshaw