A Celebration of Women in Music from the Echoes Spectrum for International Women’s Day
This Saturday, March 8 is International Women’s Day and as we do each year, we focus this show on the sounds of women musicians. These days, that doesn’t seem as necessary as it did many years ago. Even 20 years back, finding enough women musicians creating progressive, ambient and electronic music to fill this show wasn’t easy, but today, women are a big part of Echoes, if not in outright domination of the music you hear. So this is more a show about celebrating how far we’ve come with women in music. Today, we’ll hear women artists from pioneers like Laurie Anderson and Kate Bush to a new generation like Norah Jones and London Grammar.
Laurie Anderson is the Grand Dame of new music. She defined the independent women composer and artist for the late 20th century with a personal vision that is unparalleled . She’s still creating great music and performance works today although she suffered a terrible loss this past year when her husband, Lou Reed, passed away. You can hear Anderson’s influence on other contemporary composers like Julia Holter, a musician who probably wouldn’t have been possible without Laurie Anderson’s “O Superman.”
You can hear them all tonight on Women of Echoes. Playlist here.
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