Past Event

Vol. 10: Maria Schneider – Data Lords: Creative Life and Artists’ Rights in a Digital World

Through her ground-breaking, Grammy-winning music, Maria Schneider has transformed the possibilities for her orchestra, blurring boundaries between jazz, classical and popular music. Through her innovative approach to crowd-funded projects and online distribution and her staunch advocacy for artists’ rights, she has also been a powerful behind-the-scenes force as well. Her latest project, “Data Lords,” considers the tensions between the digital and organic worlds and the dangers of a data-driven culture.
For this event, Schneider will discuss the creation of “Data Lords,” using recorded excerpts, along with host Larry Blumenfeld. They’ll be joined by, among others, Mark Righter, Senior University Counsel, NYU, for a discussion of artists’ rights, copyrights and the effects of digital media on culture.
Meet the Artist:
Maria Schneider and her orchestra became widely known starting in 1994 when they released their first recording, Evanescence. There, Schneider began to develop her personal way of writing for what would become her 18-member collective, made up of many of the finest musicians in jazz today. Schneider collaborators represent all corners of music, including Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and David Bowie. Her work has earned five Grammy awards, spanning multiple genres; in 2019, she was named an NEA Jazz Master. As a strong voice for music advocacy, she has testified before the U.S. Congressional Subcommittee on Intellectual Property about digital rights and participated in round-tables for the United States Copyright Office.
Jazz and Social Justice: A Salon with Music
This ongoing series connects the music we love with the social issues that matter to us all. Each salon blends live performance with conversation between artists, activists, and experts. Curated and hosted by journalist Larry Blumenfeld, whose previous NJMIH programs discussed Afro-Cuban influence and New Orleans jazz culture.