Jason Thorpe Buchanan, composer

www.hungeropera.com



NEWS / UPCOMING:


Aug.21-Sep.9, 2016: Royaumont Académie Voix Nouvelles, New Work for six singers and eight instrumentalists, Talea Ensemble + Exaudi.







July 6-16, 2016: VIPA Festival, executive director | the [Switch~ Ensemble], artistic director & conductor. Premieres by Timothy McCormack, James Bean, nine VIPA participant composers, and works of Stefano Gervasoni and Rand Steiger.









June 23-30, 2016: Avaloch Farm Music Institute
residency with the [Switch~ Ensemble] and composer Timothy McCormack, new works by McCormack, James Bean, Igor Santos, Theocharis Papatrechas, Samuel Gillies, Jeremy Corren, and more.


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May 22, 2016: Queens New Music Festival
the [Switch~ Ensemble], artistic director & conductor. American premieres of music by Alexander Schubert, Lisa Streich, Santiago Diez-Fischer, and works by C.Chandler, C.Mettens, and A.Vine.


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May 14, 2016: Sean Fredenburg will perform Second Study for Alto Saxophone, Electronics, and Video: pulp at Portland State University










Apr. 24 & 29, 2016: Emily Jane Loboda will perform Second Study for Alto Saxophone, Electronics, and Video: pulp at University of North Carolina at Greensboro and at University of Richmond









Apr. 11, 2016: Casey Grev will perform Second Study for Alto Saxophone, Electronics, and Video: pulp at Michigan State University in East Lansing











Jan.12.16: Guest lecturer at the University of Chicago.


Nov.29, 15: World premiere of hunger fragments for sixteen solo voices, commissioned by the NY Virtuoso Singers in New York City, NY.







Nov.14, 15: World premiere of gimme shelter for three percussionists, electronics, and video processing, commissioned by Eklekto Percussion in Geneva, Switzerland.






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Oct.14, 15: Guest lecturer at Bergen senter for Elektronisk Kunst (BEK), Norway.

Oct.02, 15: Artist in Residence at USF Verftet in Bergen, Norway with support from the American-Scandinavian Foundation for work on Hunger.

Sep.13, 15: World premiere of walkside, lost commissioned by Gaudeamus Muziekweek for Slagwerk Den Haag as a nominee for the 2015 Gaudeamus Prize.

Sep.12, 15: European premiere of Asymptotic Flux: Second Study in Entropy with Insomnio Ensemble and Dutch premiere of Asymptotic Flux: First Study in Entropy with New European Ensemble at Gaudeamus Muziekweek as a nominee for the 2015 Gaudeamus Prize.

Jul.24, 15: European premiere of Asymptotic Flux: First Study in Entropy with MIVOS Quartet and Madison Greenstone at the 2015 VIPA Festival in Valencia, Spain.

Jul.13, 15: World Premiere of Second Study for Alto Saxophone, Electronics, and Video: pulp with Matt Evans at the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France

May 15, 15: the [Switch~ Ensemble] presents HUNGER (Part III) on the MATA Interval Series in New York City.

May.09, 15: World Premiere of de/ter|   |ior.ation with the BlueWater Chamber Orchestra in Cleveland, OH.

Mar.28.15: 2015 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award for Double Concerto for Two Horns & Chamber Orchestra.

Feb.23, 15: LA Times review of HUNGER on The Industry's FIRST TAKE: "Jason Thorpe Buchanan's "Hunger,"... is a kind of training session in mental disintegration...An ungodly opera needs ugly music, singers who produce primal sounds, an electric guitar that sounds scraped raw, a wailing orchestra effects, cuts the ear like a knife. Buchanan delivers." Full article here!

Jan.21, 15: A version of my article Dealing With Time (Writing an Opera) has been featured on The Industry's blog. Original essay can be viewed here.





Jason Thorpe Buchanan is an American composer, Artistic Director of the [Switch~ Ensemble] and Executive Director of the Valencia International Performance Academy & Festival (Spain). His works have been described as "an unearthly collage of sounds", "sharply-edged", and "free jazz gone wrong", commissioned and performed internationally by ensembles such as Alarm Will Sound, Ensemble Interface (DE), Ensemble Nikel (Israel), Ensemble Linea (FR), Insomnio Ensemble (NL), Slagwerk Den Haag (NL), Eklekto Percussion (CH), Mivos Quartet, Nonsemble 6, Iktus Percussion, The Industry, wild Up, the [Switch~ Ensemble], OSSIA, FÜNF+FÜNF Festival (DE), and the Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble, among others. Nominated for the 2015 Gaudeamus Prize, three of his works were presented at Gaudeamus Muziekweek in September 2015.
    Scenes from his Multimedia Opera Hunger have received performances at Darmstadt (2014), The Industry's FIRST TAKE in L.A. (2015), and the MATA Interval Series in NYC with the [Switch~ Ensemble]. "Hunger is a kind of training session in mental disintegration... An ungodly opera needs ugly music, singers who produce primal sounds, an electric guitar that sounds scraped raw, a wailing orchestra effects, cuts the ear like a knife. Buchanan delivers." - Los Angeles Times.
    Honors and awards include a Fulbright Fellowship (2010-11) at the HfMT Hamburg (Germany), Artist-in-Residence USF Verftet/City Council of Bergen, Norway (2015), American-Scandinavian Foundation Grant, ASCAP Morton Gould Award (2014 & 15), Howard Hanson Orchestral Prize, Winner of Iron Composer (2014), Winner of newEar Composer's Competition, 2nd place American Prize, commissions from Mizzou International Composers Festival, International Horn Society, Tzlil Meudcan Festival (Tel Aviv), Chamber Music Campania (Italy), German/American Fulbright-Kommission, Gaudeamus Muziekweek (Netherlands), Eklekto Percussion (Switzerland), New York Virtuoso Singers, BlueWater Chamber Orchestra, and others.
    He is Executive Director of the VIPA Festival (Spain), Artistic Director of the [Switch~ Ensemble], and a Ph.D. candidate at the Eastman School of Music, where he has served as course instructor in electronic music and composition, as well as assistant conductor for the Musica Nova Ensemble with Brad Lubman. Current projects include Hunger, a multimedia opera with libretto by award-winning poet Darcie Dennigan, a series of miniatures for solo percussion and electronics commissioned by Peter Ferry (Chicago, 2016), the Riot Ensemble (England, 2016), and consortium, a new work for six singers and eight instrumentalists commissioned by Royaumont Académie Voix Nouvelles for Talea Ensemble + Exaudi, and a quintet for the FÜNF+FÜNF Contrabass Clarinet and Percussion Festival in Berlin (Germany, 2016).
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[Curriculum Vitae]
(updated Apr.09.16)

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"Short Cut" P.III, Sc.1 -- hungeropera.com    --    --   --   walkside, lost (view score)    
HUNGER: Darmstadt Contemporary Opera Workshop (2014)    
--  --  Slagwerk Den Haag, Commissioned by Gaudeamus Muziekweek



walkside, lost (2015)
for Slagwerk Den Haag
three percussionists, electronics, and video processing
Commissioned by Gaudeamus Muziekweek


contact: jasontbuchanan {at} gmail.com

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