John Schneider: Winning A Grammy On The Fringe
For the past three decades, guitarist John Schneider has performed almost exclusively on the fringe, leaving the standard classical repertoire behind in search for music in between the notes. While most would consider this path “career suicide,” the further John veered off-course, the more opportunities came his way.

John’s fascination with microtonal music has led him to do some pretty remarkable things — directing an annual music festival, starting his own record label, building his own instruments, and most recently, giving an acceptance speech at the 57th Grammy Awards Ceremony.

On this episode, we retrace the steps of John Schneider’s career to find out how one guitarist’s obsession with an obscure composer’s music ultimately led to a winning seat at the Grammys.

John Schneider: Winning a Grammy on the Fringe

Links and Resources

  • Microfest, the world’s premier festival of microtonal music.
  • Partch, the Grammy winning ensemble that specializes in the music and instruments of the iconoclastic American Maverick composer Harry Partch.

The Music of Harry Partch: Plectra and Percussion Dances