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Maria Schneider - Data Lords is an expansive and brilliantly realized project, presenting two starkly contrasting views of the digital and natural world / LONDON JAZZNEWS

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There's no chance of missing the themes that have inspired the music on Data Lords, Maria Schneider's latest release through the crowd funding platform ArtistShare. Two CDs, The Digital World and Our Natural World, and on the back cover of the package, a poem that contrasts a dystopian vision of clutter, exploitation, isolation, manipulation with nurture, true connection, inspiration, freedom of thought, leave little doubt of the images conjured by the two worlds. Listening to the two sets, a few bars of either is enough to confirm which world you have entered, both are absorbing musical experiences.

Data Lords is an expansive and brilliantly realized project, presenting two starkly contrasting views of the digital and natural world and whatever your own take on that is, the music is compelling. Schneider's writing is remarkable; the performance she conjures with the orchestra in places is quite extraordinary.

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