Ara Guzelimian: Music and a Cultural Mix

WHAT’S IN THIS VIDEO: American society became increasingly complex and multicultural during the last century. Just like what passed as Asian cuisine on the west coast moved from chop suey to authentic dim sum, composers like John Cage and Lou Harrison started folding in musical elements from Asia reflecting the changing faces of American society. During the early years of this century, boundaries between genres or high and low art are falling. Many “classical” composers even resist that label. Harrison, Cage and Henry Cowell in many ways were forerunners for a new crop of musicians and composers who eschew categorization.