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ACCLAIMED COMPOSER MARIA SCHNEIDER AND HER ORCHESTRA TOUR TO 10 EUROPEAN CITIES, NOVEMBER 6 - 20 Performing Music from Schneider's Acclaimed Recording The Thompson Fields
(Published: November 01, 2015)

"...this magnificent, nature-drunk masterpiece, one of the great jazz records period, not just one of the great recent jazz records." - Jeff Simon, Buffalo News

5-stars. "...a sound world of rare eloquence... the singularly most beautiful record I've heard this year." - Peter Quinn, The Arts Desk (London)

"... an extravagant show of her strengths: precise, expressive harmony; ribbons of diaphanous texture; a rhythmic momentum that doesn't feel propulsive so much as wind-borne. Her new pieces, inspired by various ecological and personal epiphanies, stand alongside the best of her previous work, which is saying something." - Nate Chinen, The New York Times

Internationally acclaimed composer, arranger and bandleader Maria Schneider and her vaunted jazz orchestra tour to 10 European cities November 6 - 20, performing music from their widely acclaimed recording The Thompson Fields. The recording, released June 2 via ArtistShare and available exclusively at MariaSchneider.com, is the first in nearly a decade with her orchestra.

Performances include:

• Friday, November 6 - CCR concert Hall - Istanbul, Turkey

• Sunday, November 8 - Bielskie Centrum Kultury, Dom Muzuki - Bielsko-Biala, Poland

• Monday, November 9 - Jazzclub Unterfahrt - Munich Germany

• Tuesday, November 10 - KKL Luzern - Lucerne, Switzerland

• Thursday, November 12 - Masterclass at Conservatori Del Liceu - Barcelona Spain

• Thursday, November 12 - L'Auditori - Barcelona, Spain

• Friday, November 13 - Teatro Central - Sevilla, Spain

• Saturday, November 14 - Guimaraes Jazz Festival - Gulmaraes, Portugal

• Sunday, November 15 - Auditorio Conde Duque - Madrid Spain

• Tuesday, November 17 - Cadogan Hall - London, UK

• Thursday, November 19 - Symphony Hall - Birmingham, UK

• Friday, November 20 - CBSO Centre (Special Quintet Concert) - Birmingham, UK

With The Thompson Fields, composer, arranger and bandleader Maria Schneider celebrates a long-awaited reunion with her jazz orchestra, a homecoming nearly a decade in the making. Featuring eight new original works by the leader, The Thompson Fields makes brilliant use of Schneider's 18-piece jazz orchestra, a long-standing ensemble that spotlights such first rank players as Donny McCaslin, Rich Perry, Frank Kimbrough and Lage Lund. The performances reveal an ever-deepening relationship between Schneider and her musicians, many of whom she has worked with over a quarter of a century. The album follows a momentous year that found Schneider's recent album Winter Morning Walks garnering three wins in the classical category of the 2014 GRAMMY Awards, making her one of the rare musicians to win GRAMMYs in both the jazz and classical categories.

Schneider has long been known for her autobiographical music, and with The Thompson Fields, she goes further, sharing a deep relationship to southwest Minnesota, her childhood home. Although the music reflects her love of native landscape, birds, and prairie, Schneider delves not just into her own roots, but also into what "home" means in broader terms.

The album is earning wide critical praise:

5-stars. "Her latest album, some 10 years in the making, shows just what a supple and powerful instrument a jazz orchestra can be." - Ivan Hewitt, The Telegraph (UK)

"...A masterpiece...Schneider's lovely themes are immediately accessible, but this is also music whose intricate arrangements reveal new discoveries on repeated listening." - Charlie Gans, Associated Press

"If you are able to cry over a piece of music, The Thompson Fields will make you cry." - Tom Conrad, Stereophile

"This marriage of sounds, words and images is ultimately breathtaking, a testament not simply to the hipness of jazz but to the uplifting and sustaining powers of art." - Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen

5 stars. "...There is nobody more capable of harnessing emotions in music and projecting and preserving the beauty and power of the natural world in sound than Maria Schneider. She's demonstrated that time and again, and she does it once more on this awe-inspiring release." - Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz

"Beyond the searching solos and high virtuosity both on and off the paper, it's the love poured into The Thompson Fields that flows back out of the speakers and makes it such an unusually moving work of art. It captures Schneider's artistic vision unlike anything else in her catalogue." - David R. Adler, The New York City Jazz Record

5-stars. "Beyond categorization.... Simply sublime. You don't listen to CDs from the Maria Schneider Orchestra. You ‘experience' them." - Jeff Krow, Audiophile Audition

National Public Radio states simply: "Maria Schneider is a national treasure." 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, 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 spanning Europe, South America, Australia, Africa, Asia and North America.

Schneider's music blurs the lines between genres, and as a result, her long list of commissioners have become quite varied, stretching from the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, Monterey Jazz Festival, The American Dance Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Peter Sellars' New Crowned Hope Festival in Vienna, Kronos Quartet, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Ojai Music Festival, to collaborating with David Bowie. She is among a small few to have received GRAMMYS in both jazz and classical categories.

Schneider and her orchestra have a distinguished recording career with ten GRAMMY nominations and three 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 twice received named "Jazz Album of the Year" by the Jazz Journalists Association and DOWNBEAT Critics Poll, and received wide critical acclaim. In 2012, her alma mater, the University of Minnesota, awarded Schneider an honorary doctorate, and in 2014, ASCAP awarded her their esteemed Concert Music Award.
Schneider has become a strong voice for music advocacy and in 2014, testified before the US Congressional Subcommittee on Intellectual Property about digital rights. She has also appeared in CNN, as well as quoted in numerous publications for her views on Spotify, Pandora, digital rights and music piracy. She and her orchestra recently collaborated with David Bowie on his new single called, Sue (Or In A Season of Crime), and in June,2015, she and her orchestra released their new album, The Thompson Fields.


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