Jason Thorpe Buchanan, composer



NEWS / UPCOMING:

www.hungeropera.com

03.28.15: 2015 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award for Double Concerto for Two Horns & Chamber Orchestra.

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!

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).



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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 04.06.15)

   
The Industry's HUNGER Intro Video          2015 Gaudeamus Prize Nominee Video


  
"Short Cut" Part III, Sc.1 - www.hungeropera.com        (view score)


   
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contact: jasontbuchanan {at} gmail.com

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