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The Future of (High) Culture in America

Editor(s): Daniel Asia

Book Description

This book brings together the proceedings of the inaugural conference of the University of Arizona Center for American Culture and Ideas (CACI), an institution dedicated to studying and promoting the arts, particularly investigating the relationship between the high arts and culture in America. The conference was titled “The Future of (High) Culture in America,” and was held in March 2014. Presenters and respondents included practicing artists, critics, educators and academics, curators, and art purveyors, all at the top of their game. Papers were presented, followed by comments from a panel of respondents and an audience question and answer period.

The conference title can be read as both a statement and a question: Is there high culture in America, and if so, is it in jeopardy? This suggests an opportunity to consider what “culture” or “high culture” means. This book explores a range of subjects, including music, dance, the visual arts (particularly photography), and more general philosophical and psychological matters. As such, it offers a fascinating and provocative kaleidoscope of the position of arts and culture in America.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-8032-9
ISBN-10: 1-4438-8032-9
Date of Publication: 01/10/2015
Pages / Size: 155 / A5
Price: £41.99


Daniel Asia is Director of the University of Arizona Center for American Culture and Ideas, and a composer, conductor, educator, and writer. He has received grants from Meet the Composer, a UK Fulbright award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, MacDowell and Tanglewood fellowships, ASCAP and BMI prizes, and Copland Fund grants. He was recently honored with a Music Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. From 1991 to 1994, he was Composer-in-Residence of the Phoenix Symphony. Asia’s five symphonies have received wide acclaim, and his Fifth Symphony was commissioned for the Tucson and Jerusalem symphony orchestras in celebration of Israel’s 60th anniversary. In the chamber music arena, he has written for, and been championed by, the Dorian Wind Quintet, American Brass Quintet, Meadowmount Trio, and Cypress Quartet, among others. Under a Barlow Endowment grant, he recently finished a new work for The Czech Nonet, the longest continuously performing chamber ensemble on the planet, founded in 1924. The recorded works of Daniel Asia may be heard on the labels of Summit, New World, Attacca, Albany, and Mushkatweek. His articles have appeared in Academic Questions, New Criterion, and the Huffington Post. He is currently Professor of Music at the University of Arizona.