Maria Schneider Clinic: The Art Spirit

Thursday / December 9, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
United States

Composer Maria Schneider will discuss the ideas and teachings that are presented in The Art Spirit by Robert Henri and the analogies between art and music. Henri was an American artist, teacher, and outspoken advocate of modernism in painting. 

Schneider became known through the jazz orchestra she founded in 1992. The group has performed her music at festivals and concert halls worldwide, and she has received numerous commissions and guest-conducting invitations, working with over 80 groups from over 20 countries spanning Europe, South America, Australia, and the United States.

The artists and organizations she’s written for are as diverse as Toots Thielemans, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, Ivan Lins, Peter Sellars’s New Crowned Hope Festival (Mozart Festival in Vienna), Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Kronos Quartet, and Dawn Upshaw and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Schneider’s recording career has brought eight Grammy nominations, and her recording Concert in the Garden made history as the first album to win a Grammy Award with internet-only sales. She received a second Grammy for "Cerulean Skies" (Best Instrumental Composition) from her most recent recording, Sky Blue.