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New Web station for new music

Posted at 12:17 PM on March 15, 2007 by Don Lee

Interesting news from the New York-based American Music Center, which exists to serve and promote living composers and their work:

The American Music Center is pleased to announce the launch of Counterstream Radio, a showcase for new music by United States composers, on March 16 at 3 p.m. EST.

Drawing upon the American Music Center's substantial library of recorded music, Counterstream Radio's programming is remarkable for its depth and eclecticism. Mixing the work of composers such as Elliott Carter, John Cage, Bill Frisell, Kid 606, Abbey Lincoln, Milton Babbitt, Philip Glass, Morton Feldman, Laurie Anderson, and hundreds more, the station streams influential music of many pedigrees 24 hours a day.

To mark the official station launch, Counterstream Radio will broadcast an exclusive conversation between two extraordinary vocal artists: Meredith Monk and Björk.

Assuming, despite the "EST," that they don't really mean standard time, that would be 2:00 p.m. tomorrow for those of us here in the Central Time Zone. I'm sending myself a reminder to tune in.

The Bjork-Monk conversation, btw, grows out of a Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media initiative.

The Center already has a site called New Music Jukebox, where you can see scores and listen to streaming audio files of music by contemporary American composers.