Maria Schneider: conductor
Jan Kåre Hystad, Børge-Are Halvorsen: alto saxophone, woodwinds
Nils Jansen: tenor saxophone, woodwinds
Atle Nymo: tenor saxophone, bass clarinet
Shannon Mowday: baritone saxophone
Anders Eriksson, Frank Brodahl, Hayden Powell, Marius Haltli: trumpet, fluegelhorn
Even Kruse Skatrud, Kristoffer Kompen, Nils Andreas Granseth: trombone
Ingrid Utne: bass trombone
Irene Tillung: accordion
Jens Thoresen: guitar
Olga Konkova: piano
Per Mathisen: bass
Håkon Mjåset Johansen: drums
Maria Schneider and the Norwegian Ensemble Denada met by coincidence when the band was booked by a festival in South Africa in 2014. Schneider and the band leader from Minnesota kept the connection, and this summer they met again at the North Sea Jazz Festival and Molde International jazz Festival. In Molde, Schneider and Ensemble Denada presented a special production, as part of Schneider's status as the festivals Artist in residence.
The foremost Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet defined the opening concert at the Molde festival as "an earthquake we will remember for a long time". Another acclaimed jazz critic refered to the concert as the the most dazzling, original and personalized big band concert he had ever experienced. Right before the concerts at the North Sea Jazz Festival and Molde, Schneider was was appointed the nation's highest honor in jazz by the National Endowment for the Arts. Schneider have been awarded 5 Grammy awards for her previous work. Her music has been hailed by critics as evocative, majestic and heart-stoppingly gorgeous.
«Datalords" and Bowie
The Molde performance featured the first live performance ever of the original score of «Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)», the song Schneider wrote with David Bowie. This composition was the start of what would become Bowies last, jazz influenced album «Black Star». The concert also featured a piece of «Schneider-noir» with her new and never recorded piece «Datalords», devoted to her focus on intellectual property and the challenge to creativity represented by internet giants like Google and Facebook. The Molde concert featured a visual production with lights, video art and integreted hidden live cams.