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Maria Schneider Orchestra - Data Lords makes theartsdesk: 'Album of the Year 2020'

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Data Lords, the double-album by Grammy Award-winning composer and bandleader Maria Schneider, was inspired by conflicting relationships between the digital and natural worlds, the recording features Schneider's acclaimed orchestra of 18 world-class musicians.

"No one can deny the great impact that the data-hungry digital world has had on our lives. As big data companies clamor for our attention, I know that I'm not alone in struggling to find space – to keep connected with my inner world, the natural world, and just the simpler things in life," says Schneider. "Just as I feel myself ping ponging between a digital world and the real world, the same dichotomy is showing up in my music. In order to truly represent my creative output from the last few years, it felt natural to make a two- album release reflecting these two polar extremes."

Peter Quinn of theartsdesk writes.....A compelling double album exploring the malign influence of big data companies on the one hand and the unfathomable beauty of the natural world on the other, my Album of the Year is the Maria Schneider Orchestra's Data Lords. From the celestial atemporality of "Sputnik" to the unstinting wonder of "The Sun Waited for Me", it's a recording of breathtaking scope and raw emotional power. 

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