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Interview with SDPB's Karl Gehrke

Jazz often reflects the rhythms and experiences of big city life, but on her new CD, The Thompson Fields, acclaimed jazz composer Maria Schneider evokes rural landscapes. She grew up in the small, southwest Minnesota town of Windom and she still finds inspiration in her childhood memories of the prairie. She's also an ardent bird watcher and her love of birds is often expressed in her music.

Since the late 1980s, Schneider has led a band filled with some of the finest musicians in New York City. Her orchestra tours the world and she's regarded as one of the finest composers in contemporary music. She's a repeat winner in the composer and arranger categories of the 2015 DownBeat Magazine critics poll. She's also won three Grammy Awards.

Maria Schneider joined South Dakota Public Radio's - Midday host Karl Gehrke and shared how the heartland continues to inspire her music. LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW