Jason Thorpe Buchanan is an American composer of operatic, orchestral, chamber, electroacoustic, and intermedia works. Artistic Director of the [Switch~ Ensemble], Department Chair of Composition and Theory, and Lecturer in Composition, Music Theory, and Electronic Music Composition at Mahidol University's College of Music in Thailand, his works have been described as "an unearthly collage of sounds", "sharply-edged", and "free jazz gone wrong—in a good way", commissioned and performed internationally by conductors and ensembles such as Brad Lubman, James Baker, Alan Pierson, Jean-Philippe Wurtz, Jeffrey Means, Marc Lowenstein, Ulrich Pöhl, Alarm Will Sound (USA), Talea Ensemble, Interface (DE), Nikel (Israel), Linea (FR), Insomnio (NL), EXAUDI (UK), Slagwerk Den Haag (NL), Eklekto (Switzerland), Gaudeamus (NL), Mivos, Iktus Percussion, the [Switch~ Ensemble], The Industry, Royaumont Académie Voix Nouvelles Ensemble (FR), wild Up, OSSIA, Blue Water Chamber Orchestra, Mizzou, International Horn Society, Tzlil Meudcan Festival (Tel Aviv), Chamber Music Campania (Italy), the German/American Fulbright-Kommission (DE), and the Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble (USA). Nominated for the 2015 Gaudeamus Prize, three works were presented by Insomnio, New European Ensemble, and Slagwerk Den Haag at Gaudeamus Muziekweek.                   

JASON THORPE BUCHANAN, COMPOSER

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    Scenes from his Multimedia Opera Hunger have received performances at Darmstadt (2014) with Ensemble Interface, The Industry's FIRST TAKE in L.A. (2015) with wild Up, and the MATA Interval Series in New York City with the [Switch~ Ensemble]. "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 wailing orchestra effects, cuts the ear like a knife. Buchanan delivers." — L.A. Times

    Honors and awards include a Fulbright Fellowship (2010-11) at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg (DE) as a visiting scholar, a fellowship and commissions from Royaumont Académie Voix Nouvelles (2016 & 2017), a commission from the Earle Brown Music Foundation for the Talea Ensemble & Time Spans Festival (NYC, Aug.2017), Artist-in-Residence USF Verftet/City Council of Bergen, Norway (2015), an American-Scandinavian Foundation Grant (2015), a commission from the International Horn Society (2014) and an ASCAP Morton Gould Award (2015) for Double Concerto (2014), written for the Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble and conductor Brad Lubman, an ASCAP Morton Gould Award (2014) & Howard Hanson Orchestral Prize (2014) for Asymptotic Flux: Second Study in Entropy (2013) commissioned by the Mizzou International Composers Festival for Alarm Will Sound, a commission from the Blue Water Chamber Orchestra as winner of Iron Composer (2014), winner of newEar Composer's Competition, and 2018 Artist-In-Residence at the Embassy of Foreign Artists in Geneva, Switzerland

    Primary mentors have included Pierluigi Billone, Chaya Czernowin, Steven Takasugi, Raphaël Cendo, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, David Liptak, Virko Baley, Peter Michael Hamel, Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann, Pablo Furman, and Georges Aperghis.     He served for three years as Executive Director of the Valencia International Performance Academy & Festival (Spain), for two years as a Curator for the San Francisco Center for New Music, and Founding Director of the TICF Academy in Thailand, as well as course instructor in electronic music and composition, board member of OSSIA, and assistant conductor for the Musica Nova Ensemble with conductor Brad Lubman at the Eastman School of Music.

    He is widely sought internationally as a guest composer and lecturer at institutions including Chamber Music Campania (Italy), the VIPA Festival (Spain), the University of Virginia, San Jose State University, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Queens New Music Festival, MATA, Hamilton College, Portland State University, University of Richmond, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Michigan State University, University of Northern Colorado, the Bergen Center for Elektronisk Kunst (BEK) in Norway, the University of Chicago, and Stanford University. He holds a Ph.D. in Composition from the Eastman School of Music, and degrees in Composition and Music Technology from San José State University and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he taught courses in composition and theory (2008-2010).     Current projects include the multimedia opera Hunger, a commission for the TACETi Ensemble in Bangkok, and a large work for the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, commissioned by the MATA Festival in NYC (2019). www.jasonthorpebuchanan.com
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