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Maria Schneider's Grammy-Winning 'Data Lords,' is a tale of two opposite worlds / 90.1WRTI: Jazz Album of the Week

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90.1WRTI's COURTNEY BLUE writes......With a grand stroke of prescience, NEA Jazz Master Maria Schneider crafted a double album about being polarized by the demands of a digital society and longing for human connection, all before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Just before we were forced to be locked indoors and working from home, long before the coveted "snow days" off were cancelled, and right on the precipice of time when human interaction in the physical world would be completely restricted, only relegating us to grip onto technology even tighter, the advent of a worldwide pandemic capitalized Maria's ominous testimony. 

On Data Lords, Schneider tells a tale of two opposite worlds: The Digital World vs. Our Natural World and her struggle to break free from one in attainment of the other. Ultimately, what we get are two completely different sounding albums. One side is cacophonous, the other euphonic. 

For the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards, held March 14th, 2021, the Maria Schneider Orchestra won both awards it was nominated for-Data Lords won for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album and "Sputnik" for Best Instrumental Composition, bringing Schneider's overall total wins to seven.

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