01.23.14: I've been selected to write new works for both the Contemporary Opera Workshop at the Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt (August 2014), as well as the Tzlil Meudcan International Music Festival in Tel Aviv, Israel with Ensemble Nikel (July 2014), and will additionally be composer-in-residence at Chamber Music Campania in Italy (June 2014) to write a work for the Fiati 5 Wind Quintet.
10.04.13: Concert preview of ...durat(A)ions: "broken landscape" for Iktus Percussion at the Eastman School of Music.
09.10.13: I've officially received a commission from the Meir Rimon Commissioning Assistance Program of the Internatioval Horn Socierty to begin writing my Double Concerto for Horn soloists Jeff Nelsen and Michael Walker to be premiered by the Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble with conductor Brad Lubman in Rochester, NY on March 21, 2014
09.09.13: Winner of the 4th Annual newEar Composers' Competition for Asymptotic Flux: First Study in Entropy including a recording with the newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble.
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: I've been commissioned by saxophonist Andrew Allen to write a work for Saxophone and Electronics utilizing texts by Bukowski, to be premiered at the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg in 2015.
04.13: I'm currently working on a Quartet for Iktus Percussion for performances in September and November in Rochester and NYC. Stay tuned for details!
03.13: My latest work, 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 on July 27, 2013
Jason Thorpe Buchanan (b. 1986) is an American composer of contemporary concert music.
His work draws from a broad variety of aesthetic genres and influences, and has been described by critics and leading composers in the United States and Europe as "an unearthly collage of sounds," "sharply-edged," "free jazz gone wrong," "shimmering," "attractive," "symphonic," and "ambitious."
He is the founder of Melos Music, a composer's consortium for which he served as director from 2007-2012, as well as their New Music Concert series.
In 2010 he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hamburg (Germany) as a visiting scholar for studies with Peter Michael Hamel and Manfred Stahnke, as well as courses with Georg Hajdu, and Sascha Lino Lemke while conducting research and interviews in regard to compositional process and aesthetics.
His works have been commissioned and performed internationally by ensembles and soloists such as Alarm Will Sound (USA), Ensemble Linea (France), Nonsemble 6 (USA), Iktus Percussion (USA), Michael Rene Torres, Ensemble Interface (Germany), newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble (USA), Daniel Pesca, the [Switch~ Ensemble] (USA), OSSIA New Music, ensemble39, Michael Walker, Ensemble Nikel (Belgium/Israel/Switzerland), Anna Kijanowska, the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, Allison Balcetis, Diane Hunger, Mark McArthur, Cristina Valdés, the Sound ExChange Orchestra, Nextet, Fiati 5 Wind Quintet, ITCH Ensemble, the Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble, and the TAD Wind Symphony (Japan), among others.
In 2011 his Berlin Songs, were premiered at the Akademie der Künste (Berlin) during the Pan-European Fulbright conference with conductor Thomas Heuser, who commissioned the work alongside the German/American Fulbright Kommission.
The work was later recorded and premiered in the U.S. at the 2nd Annual Melos New Music Concert in San Francisco, conducted by the composer; the recording won 2nd place in the "American Prize" orchestral composition competition (2012) and was a finalist for the ASCAP Morton Gould composition competition (2012).
First Study for Alto Saxophone: doublethink (2012), commissioned by Michael Rene Torres, was premiered at the North American Saxophone Alliance biennial conference, receiving the Belle S. Gitelman award from the Eastman School of Music. The same year a collaboration with MacArthur "Genius" Award winning visual artist Anna Schuleit, First Study for Piano & Electronics: absence, was premiered by Daniel Pesca for the Benson Creative Forum.
His First Study in Entropy (2012) for amplified bass clarinet, violin, viola & cello from the cycle Asymptotic Flux was co-commissioned by the [Switch~ Ensemble] and OSSIA (Rochester), with additional performances by ensemble39 (Philadelphia, 2012), Ensemble Linea (June in Buffalo, 2013), and winning the newEar 4th Annual Composer's Competition (2013). His Second Study in Entropy (Static Foxy Lump: [II] Second Nudist Tyre Pony) was commissioned by Alarm Will Sound for the Mizzou International Composers Festival and premiered July, 2013.
…durat(A)ions: "broken landscape" (2013) was commissioned by Iktus Percussion and received a world premiere preview concert at the Eastman School of Music in October, 2013.
Jason began studies at age fourteen at the College of San Mateo, CA, 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 as Outstanding Graduating Senior/Graduate Student.
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, as well as additional studies with Takayoshi Suzuki and Brad Lubman in conducting, and at Darmstadt, June in Buffalo, the N.E.O.N. Music Festival, and the Mizzou International Composers Festival with Georges Aperghis, Brian Ferneyhough, Raphaël Cendo, Augusta Read Thomas, Hans Abrahamsen, and Philippe Leroux.
Jason has received both academic and artistic recognition through a variety of prestigious awards from institutions such as ASCAP, ACO, ACF, the N.E.O.N. and Brevard Music Festivals, Tzlil Meudcan International Music Festival (Israel), Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt Contemporary Opera Workshop, UNLV, SJSU, the Eastman School of Music, the American Prize, June in buffalo, the Mizzou International Composers Festival, the newEar Composers' Competition, and the International Horn Society, among others. Recordings of his music are commercially available on the Melos Music label in the United States and the Windstream label in Japan.
He has served as assistant conductor for Eastman's Musica Nova Ensemble with conductor Brad Lubman, as well as a board member of Ossia and co-founder/conductor of Eastman's electroacoustic initiative, the [Switch~ Ensemble].
As a conductor and advocate for contemporary music, Jason is committed to providing opportunities for composers as a concert curator, and has premiered, performed, and recorded works by numerous composers such as Hans Abrahamsen, Magnus Lindberg, Fausto Romitelli, Philippe Leroux, Stylianos Dimou, Sascha Lino Lemke, Tonia Ko, Daniel Temkin, Christopher Chandler, Chin Ting Chan, Tom Brennan, Weijun Chen, Theocharis Papatrechas, Nathan Stang, and Jennifer Bellor, in addition to his own, working with ensembles such as the the [Switch~ Ensemble], Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble, ITCH, the UNLV Brass Ensemble, Nonsemble 6, OSSIA, Nextet, the Eastman Graduate Composers' Sinfonietta, ensemble39, and the Sound ExChange Orchestra.
Upcoming commissions include a double concerto for horn soloists Jeff Nelsen and Michael Walker, commissioned by the International Horn Society to be premiered by Musica Nova with conductor Brad Lubman in 2014, a work for saxophone and electronics for Andrew Allen to be premiered at the World Saxophone Congress (Strasbourg, 2015), a wind quintet for the Fiati 5 as Composer-in-Residence at Chamber Music Campania (Italy, 2014), Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt Contemporary Opera Workshop (2014), and the Tzlil Meudcan International Music Festival (Tel Aviv, Israel, 2014).
Jason holds a Graduate Teaching Assistantship in both the Computer Music Center and the Conducting & Ensemble department as a Ph.D. candidate at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.