Renowned Minnesota-born, New York-based boundary-defying composer and orchestra leader Maria Schneider has earned two 2021 Grammy nominations for her revelatory double album Data Lords featuring the Maria Schneider Orchestra. Nominations are in the categories of “Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album” as well as “Best Instrumental Composition” for “Sputnik” from the album.
Schneider has now earned a total of 14 Grammy nominations and 5 Grammy Awards. She’s one of the rare musicians to win Grammy Awards for work in the classical, jazz and rock genres. In 2004, she made history with her first Grammy for Concert In the Garden, the first album with Internet-only sales to receive a Grammy. The album was released through ArtistShare, the first Internet-crowd-funding label/site in existence. Schneider has continued to “fan-fund” her recordings and commissions ever since.