Jason Thorpe Buchanan, composer



NEWS / UPCOMING:

www.hungeropera.com

02.23.15: 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. Darcie Dennigan's libretto is an elliptical depiction of a homeless writer, personified by two singers... An ungodly opera needs ugly music, singers who produce primal sounds, an electric guitar that sounds scraped raw, a [sic] wailing orchestral effects, cuts the ear like a knife. Buchanan delivers." Full article here!

02.21.15: Intro video for premiere of Hunger Part III at The Industry's FIRST TAKE in Los Angeles.

01.21.15: 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.

12.09.14: Hunger has been selected for The Industry's Los Angeles "FIRST TAKE" West Coast Workshop for New Operas with wild Up. A public performance of Part III will take place on February 21, 2015 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Beverly Hills, CA in the 400-seat Goldsmith Theater.

12.09.14: the [Switch~ Ensemble] has been selected to present Part III of Hunger on the MATA Interval 8 Series in New York City, May 2015 alongside works of Wojtek Blecharz, Chris Chandler, Stylianos Dimou, Stefan Prins, and Zach Sheets in a concert of New Works for Ensemble & Multimedia curated by artistic director Jason Thorpe Buchanan.

12.01.14: Our official collaborator for a 2016/17 production of Hunger is Ensemble Interface (Germany).

10.21.14: Nominated for the 2015 Gaudeamus Prize, my works will be presented by Ensemble Insomnio, Nadar Ensemble, and Slagwerk Den Haag at Gaudeamus Muziekweek in September 2015. www.muziekweek.nl

09.26.14: Announced winner of the International Iron Composer 5-hour Composition Competition in Cleveland, OH, with a prize of $1,000 and commission for the Blue Water Chamber Orchestra to be premiered May 9, 2015! www.ironcomposer.org

09.19.14: Appointed Coordinator of the Valencia International Performance Academy & Festival's Composition & Contemporary Music Program in Spain with faculty members Jorge Grossmann, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, guest composer Augusta Read Thomas, artistic director/conductor Carlos Amat, and ensembles-in-residence BROADBAND Ensemble (USA) and Nomos Group (Spain).

06.13.14: Artist in Residence USF Verftet, Bergen City Council, Norway

04.18.14: 2014 Howard Hanson Orchestral Prize, Eastman School of Music.

03.31.14: 2014 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award.

03.25.14: Asymptotic Flux: First Study in Entropy selected for NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival, will be performed by the [Switch~ Ensemble] June 2.

03.17.14: Thrilled to announce a collaboration between myself and critically acclaimed writer Darcie Dennigan, poet-in-residence at the University of Connecticut, on our multimedia opera based upon Knut Hamsun's Sult.

01.23.14: Selected to write new works for Contemporary Opera Workshop at the Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt (August 2014)

Tzlil Meudcan International Music Festival in Tel Aviv, Israel with Ensemble Nikel (July 2014)

Fiati 5 Wind Quintet at Chamber Music Campania in Italy (June 2014) as composer-in-residence.


10.04.13: Concert preview of ...durat(A)ions: "broken landscape" for Iktus Percussion at the Eastman School of Music.

09.10.13: Commission from Meir Rimon Commissioning Assistance Program of the International Horn Society to begin writing my Double Concerto for horn soloists Jeff Nelsen, Michael Walker and the Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble with conductor Brad Lubman.

09.09.13: Winner of the 4th Annual newEar Composers' Competition.

07.03.13: Excerpted from NewMusicBox: "Asymptotic Flux: First Study in Entropy by Jason Thorpe Buchanan is an unearthly collage of sounds. Though conceptually direct, the [result was] delightfully ambiguous: frantic joy could be as easily heard as extreme distemperment." www.newmusicbox.org/articles/2013-june-in-buffalo/

06.13: Commission from saxophonist Andrew Allen for Saxophone and Electronics utilizing texts by Bukowski, to be premiered at the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg in 2015.

03.13: Asymptotic Flux: Second Study in Entropy (Static Foxy Lump: [II] Second Nudist Tyre Pony, written for Alarm Will Sound, will be premiered at the Mizzou International Composers Festival in Columbia, MO July 2013



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Jason Thorpe Buchanan's 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 (Germany), Ensemble Nikel (Israel), Ensemble Linea (France), Nonsemble 6, Iktus Percussion, The Industry, wild Up, the [Switch~ Ensemble], OSSIA New Music, and the Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble, among others. Nominated for the 2015 Gaudeamus Prize, three of his works will be presented at Gaudeamus Muziekweek in September 2015.
    Scenes from his Multimedia Opera Hunger have been selected for the Darmstadt Contemporary Opera Workshop (2014), The Industry's FIRST TAKE Opera Workshop in L.A. (2015), and the MATA Interval 8 Series in NYC with the [Switch~ Ensemble]. "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 [sic] wailing orchestral 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), ASCAP Morton Gould Award, Howard Hanson Orchestral Prize, 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, the NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival, and others.
    He is coordinator of the VIPA Festival's Composition & Contemporary Music Program (Spain), as well as conductor/artistic director of the Eastman Computer Music Center's ensemble-in-residence, the [Switch~ Ensemble] as 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 work for Andrew J. Allen (saxophone), electronics and video (World Saxophone Congress, Strasbourg, 2015), a work for Peter Ferry (percussion) and electronics (Chicago, 2016), a commission from the New York Virtuoso Singers (NYC, 2015), a commission from the Blue Water Chamber Orchestra as winner of Iron Composer 2014 (Cleveland, May 2015), and commission for Slagwerk Den Haag to be premiered at Gaudeamus Muziekweek (Netherlands, Sept. 2015).
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[Curriculum Vitae]
(updated 12.09.14)


HUNGER Intro Video from The Industry's FIRST TAKE '15. LA Times Review here. www.hungeropera.com


"Short Cut" Part III, Sc.1 - www.hungeropera.com


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contact: jasontbuchanan {at} gmail.com

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