Hitchhiking outside Praha on a 24 day Hitching/CSing tour of Germany, Holland,
Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic, June/July 2011.
Rochester, NY: November 12, 2012 Asymptotic Flux: First Study in Entropy for amplified bass clarinet, vln, vla & vlc ECMC Concert, Hatch Hall Eastman School of Music
Philadelphia, PA: December 7, 2012 Asymptotic Flux: First Study in Entropy for amplified bass clarinet, vln, vla & vlc 3rd Annual Melos New Music Concert
Rochester, NY: Spring 2013 Concerto for Two Horns for Jeff Nelsen and Michael Walker Eastman Graduate Composers' Sinfonietta
Rochester, NY: Spring 2013 A New Work for the [Switch~ Ensemble]+live electronics
December, 2012 - Rochester, NY
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 "sharply-edged", "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 annual New Music Concert series.
Jason spent 2010-2011 living in Hamburg, Germany, where he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater 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.
In 2012, his First Study for Alto Saxophone: doublethink, commissioned by Michael Rene Torres, was premiered at the North American Saxophone Alliance biennial conference in Tempe, AZ, 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 at Eastman.
Asymptotic Flux: First Study in Entropy for amplified bass clarinet, violin, viola & cello was co-commissioned by the [Switch~ Ensemble]/Ossia in Rochester and ensemble39 in Philadelphia.
In 2011 his Berlin Songs, for two singers and mixed chamber ensemble, were premiered for a capacity audience at the Akademie der Künste during the Pan-European Fulbright conference in Berlin, Germany under the baton of Thomas Heuser, who commissioned the work alongside the German/American Fulbright Kommission.
An expanded orchestration was later recorded and premiered in the U.S. at the 2nd Annual Melos New Music Concert in San Francisco, conducted by the composer.
This recording later became a finalist in both the "American Prize" orchestral composition competition (2nd prize, 2012) and the ASCAP Morton Gould composition competition (2012).
In 2010 three chapters of his orchestral work - The Gods of Peg„na, were read by the Brevard Music Center Orchestra under the baton of Ken Lam.
The work was later awarded the distinction of finalist in the ASCAP Morton Gould composition competition (2011), and Honorable Mention in both the ACF Minnesota Composer's Institute competition (2011) and the ACO Underwood/San Diego readings competition (2012).
Three excerpts from this work in chamber orchestra reduction were later given their premiere public performance with the Sound ExChange Orchestra in collaboration with the University of Rochester Program of Dance and Movement, conducted by the composer.
In 2009, A Zarzuela & Other Lost Works was premiered by the Tad Wind Symphony in Tokyo for an audience of over 800, and recorded with a CD released on the Windstream label in Japan.
Jason began his studies at age fourteen at the College of San Mateo, CA, later attending San José State University and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as a Master's student, 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 Allan Schindler, Virko Baley, Peter Michael Hamel, Jorge Grossmann, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Pablo Furman, Kevin Puts, Robert Aldridge, and Manfred Stahnke, as well as additional studies with Takayoshi Suzuki and Brad Lubman in conducting, and at Darmstadt with Georges Aperghis, Brian Ferneyhough, and RaphaŽl Cendo.
He has received a variety of prestigious academic and artistic awards from ASCAP, ACF, MPE, the NEON and Brevard Music Festivals, UNLV, SJSU, the Eastman School of Music, the American Prize, and the Miami Beach International Animated Film Festival. Recordings of his music are commercially available on the Melos Music label in the United States and the Windstream label in Japan.
As a conductor and advocate for contemporary music, Jason is committed to providing opportunities for composers as a concert curator, where he has premiered and recorded works by living composers such as Daniel Temkin, Tonia Ko, Christopher Chandler, Chin Ting Chan, Tom Brennan, Weijun Chen, Theocharis Papatrechas, Nathan Stang, and Jennifer Bellor, in addition to his own, with ensembles such as the the [Switch~ Ensemble], Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble, ITCH, the UNLV Brass Ensemble, Nonsemble 6, Ossia, the Eastman Graduate Composers' Sinfonietta, ensemble39, and the Sound ExChange Orchestra.
During the 2012-2013 academic year, Jason will serve as assistant conductor for Eastman's premiere New Music Ensemble: Musica Nova, with conductor Brad Lubman, as well as a board member of Ossia, coordinator for the Graduate Composers' Sinfonietta, and co-founder/conductor of Eastman's brand new Electroacoustic Initiative, the [Switch~ Ensemble].
A few of his upcoming compositional engagements include writing a work for Alarm Will Sound to be premiered during the 4th Annual Mizzou International Composers Festival, commissions from Jeff Nelsen and Michael Walker for a Concerto for two Horns, a work for 14 musicians and live electronics for the [Switch~ Ensemble], and a quartet for Iktus Percussion in NYC.
Jason currently studies composition with Robert Morris and holds a Graduate Teaching Assistantship at the Computer Music Center as a Ph.D. student at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.
Premiere Performance on Oct. 4, 2012 at the OSSIA New Music Concert, Eastman School of Music
Madison Greenstone, bass clarinet; Lauren Cauley, violin; Kelsey Farr, viola; Julia Nilsen, cello
Live Performance by Michael Rene Torres
North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference, March 15, 2012
Recorded August 17th-18th, 2011 during the 2nd Annual Melos New Music Festival in San Francisco Amy Foote, soprano - Jeff Goble, baritone - Jason Thorpe Buchanan, conductor
Recorded August, 2010 at the Brevard Music Center Composer Reading Sessions
Live Performance by Cristina Valdťs
University of Nevada, Las Vegas, March 11, 2009