Jason Thorpe Buchanan, composer


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 by critics and leading composers as "an unearthly collage of sounds", "sharply-edged", "free jazz gone wrong", "shimmering", "attractive," "symphonic," and "ambitious."   He is the founder of Melos Music and their New Music Concert series, and was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship (2010) at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater as a visiting scholar. His works have been commissioned and performed internationally by ensembles and soloists such as Alarm Will Sound, Ensemble Linea (France), Nonsemble 6, Iktus Percussion, Michael Rene Torres, Ensemble Interface (Germany), newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, the [Switch~ Ensemble], OSSIA New Music, Ensemble Nikel (Belgium/Israel/Switzerland), Cristina Valdés, the Sound ExChange Orchestra, the Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble, and the TAD Wind Symphony (Japan), among others.
    Jason began studies at age fourteen, later attending San José State University and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he taught courses in composition and music theory (2008-2010), receiving the highest honors from both institutions.   He has studied composition with Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Carlos Sánchez-Gutiérrez, Robert Morris, Allan Schindler, Virko Baley, Peter Michael Hamel, Jorge Grossmann, Pablo Furman, and Manfred Stahnke, conducting with Takayoshi Suzuki and Brad Lubman, and at Darmstadt, June in Buffalo, Mizzou, and elsewhere with Georges Aperghis, Brian Ferneyhough, Raphaël Cendo, Chaya Czernowin, Augusta Read Thomas, Hans Abrahamsen, and Philippe Leroux.
    He has served as assistant conductor for Eastman's Musica Nova Ensemble with conductor Brad Lubman, as well as co-founder/conductor of the [Switch~ Ensemble], and staff member in the Computer Music Center as a Ph.D. candidate at the Eastman School of Music.
    Current commissions include a multimedia opera for the Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt's Contemporary Opera Workshop with Ensemble Interface - libretto by award-winning poet Darcie Dennigan (Germany, 2014), a new work for the Tzlil Meudcan International Music Festival International Music Festival in Tel Aviv with Ensemble Nikel (Israel, 2014), a wind quintet for the Fiati 5 as composer-in-residence for Chamber Music Campania (Italy, 2014), a work for saxophone and electronics to be premiered by Andrew Allen at the World Saxophone Congress (Strasbourg, 2015), and a work for solo percussion and electronics to be premiered by Peter Ferry (Chicago, 2014).

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