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  April, 2006 - Issue 0004

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Notes from the Western Edge is a collection of audio profiles of musicians working on the edges of Jazz, New Music, Electronics, and the sonic spaces in between.
   Produced in Los Angeles by Richard Paske, NFWE was published monthly from January, 2006 through July, 2007 and now includes 38 profiles, with more to be added on an occasional basis. To listen, use the ISSUE menu or click on a name in the Artist list on the right.

 Maria Schneider

Maria Schneider likes to dance. She dances when she's working out the form of a musical composition and she dances when she conducts her own big band, although she doesn't call it dancing. As a student at the University of Minnesota, she was inspired to become a composer by seeing a performance of Jerome Robbins' Fancy Free with music by Leonard Bernstein. Since then, her own luscious, dynamic, and nuanced music has taken her around the world and earned her a Grammy as well.
    And it all started with stride piano lessons from a very flamboyant teacher on the midwestern prairie.

Maria Schneider

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 Jenny Scheinman

Jenny Scheinman grew up in the westernmost house in the continental United States, nestled at the ocean end of a small river valley in northern California - quite a stretch from the urban canyons of New York City she now calls home. Her high school had 7 students, the same number of musicians in her band on 12 Songs, which landed her on Ben Ratliff's list of 2005's 10 Best Albums and Songs in the New York Times. Add to that, she was named #1 Rising Star Violinist in the 2003 - 2005 DownBeat Critics' Polls. And when you listen to her talk about her plans for the future, it's very clear there's much more to come!

Jenny Scheinman

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