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Maria Schneider - Data Lords is a major undertaking addressing the effect that the digital world has on creativity / JAZZ VIEWS

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The new Maria Schneider album came to me on the day that Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Apple's Tim Cook, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Google's Sundar Pichai appeared before the US Congress to answer questions about their impact: pure data lords.  The title of the new album ‘Data Lords' is also about the impact that such companies are having not just on the US but on the rest of the world.  The album is a major undertaking. Maria Schneider is acutely aware of the effect that the digital world has on creativity.  She feels that the digital world reduces our own inner space, reduces creativity.  Schneider writes: ‘I can't imagine I'm alone in often feeling desperate to get away from every device bombarding me with endless chatter, endless things –endless demands. Shutting it all down and encountering space and silence, I easily find myself again drawn to nature, people, silence, books, poetry, art, the earth and sky.'  In some ways that is a summary of the album.

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