Soprano Dawn Upshaw and musician and composer Maria Schneider talk about their new recording, “Winter Morning Walks.” It is Schneider's first recording with major orchestras and features two commissioned works composed and conducted by Schneider with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Australian Chamber Orchestra, and poetry by Ted Kooser and Carlos Drummond de Andrade. The album blurs the line between classical and jazz, with touches of avant-garde and pop sensibilities.
The Big Band era is long gone, but in 1993 Maria Schneider created a contemporary big band here in New York. Now, six albums and two Grammy Awards later, she’s branching out into orchestral music. She joins us to talk about writing jazz for large ensembles.