Jason Thorpe Buchanan, composer



NEWS / UPCOMING:


03.31.14: 2014 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award for Asymptotic Flux: Second Study in Entropy (Static Foxy Lump: [II] Second Nudist Tyre Pony, written for Alarm Will Sound.

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: 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



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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, 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.
    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).

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[Curriculum Vitae]
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...durat(A)ions: "broken landscape" Tech Rehearsal Oct. 3, 2013, Iktus Percussion, Eastman School of Music
_________________ Asymptotic Flux: Second Study in Entropy (Static Foxy Lump: [II] Second Nudist Tyre Pony) premiere July 27, 2013, Alarm Will Sound, Mizzou International Composers Festival
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_________________ Asymptotic Flux: First Study in Entropy premiere Oct. 4, 2012, OSSIA New Music Concert, Eastman School of Music
Madison Greenstone, bass clarinet; Lauren Cauley, violin; Kelsey Farr, viola; Julia Nilsen, cello

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First Study for Alto Saxophone: doublethink live performance by Michael Rene Torres
North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference, March 15, 2012