Jason Thorpe Buchanan is an American composer, Artistic Director of the [Switch~ Ensemble], Department Chair and Lecturer in Composition, Theory, and Electronic Music at the College of Music, Mahidol University in Thailand. Commissions and performances include collaboration with Alarm Will Sound, Talea Ensemble, Interface (DE), Nikel (Israel), Linea (FR), Insomnio (NL), EXAUDI (UK), Slagwerk Den Haag (NL), Eklekto Percussion (CH), Mivos (USA), Iktus, Blue Water Chamber Orchestra, wild Up, NY Virtuoso Singers, the Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble, TACETi (Thailand), and the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble. Scenes from his multimedia opera Hunger have received performances at Darmstadt, The Industry's FIRST TAKE in L.A., and MATA in NYC with the [Switch~ Ensemble].     Honors include a Fulbright Fellowship in Hamburg, nomination for the Gaudeamus Prize, fellowships, residencies, and commissions from Royaumont (2016 & 17), MATA, the International Horn Society, AiR USF Verftet (Norway), American-Scandinavian Foundation Grant, the Embassy of Foreign Artists, Geneva (Switzerland), Earle Brown Music Foundation, ASCAP Morton Gould Award (2014 & 2015), Howard Hanson Orchestral Prize, and winner of Iron Composer. He holds a Ph.D. from the Eastman School of Music, served for three years as Executive Director of the VIPA Festival (Spain), two years as a Curator for the San Francisco Center for New Music, is director of the recently formed Academy for Young Composers at TICF (Thailand), and was course instructor in electronic music and composition, as well as assistant conductor for the Musica Nova Ensemble with Brad Lubman at Eastman. He is widely sought internationally as a guest composer and lecturer at institutions such as 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 Univerity, the Bergen Center for Elektronisk Kunst (BEK) in Norway, the University of Chicago, and Stanford University.

JASON THORPE BUCHANAN, COMPOSER

Mar. 8, 2017: Excerpts: Second Study for Alto Saxophone, Video, and Electronics: pulp (2015), Casey Grev, San Francisco Center for New Music - March 6, 2017. (click for program notes & info)
Asymptotic Flux: Second Study in Entropy (2013), European Premiere: Insomnio Ensemble, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Netherlands - Sep. 12, 2015.
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PANIC ARCHITECTURE (2017) written for the Talea Ensemble. Commissioned by the Earle Brown Music Foundation.
TIME SPANS Festival, DiMenna Center, NYC - August 2, 2017.
1.1.1.1-1.1.1-2 Perc, Pno, Hp, 1.1.1.1.1-Elec.
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ACTOR-NETWORK THEORY (2017) written for the Royaumont Voix Nouvelles Ensemble. Commissioned by Fondation Royaumont.
World premiere Royaumont, Asnières-sur-Oise, Paris Region - Sep. 8, 2017.
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soliloquios del viento (rev.2017) written for the Talea Ensemble+EXAUDI. Commissioned by Royaumont.
Sextet version premiered by Ensemble Interface. b.fl, b.cl, vln, vc, pno, perc, elec.
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walkside, lost (2015), commissioned by Gaudeamus Muziekweek, premiered by Slagwerk Den Haag.
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all-forgetting-is-retrieval
(2019) for TACETi Ensemble                                      SCORE AND RECORDING COMING SOON
alto sax, bass clarinet, bass trombone, electric guitar, percussion, violin, cello, augmented conductor, and electronics
World premiere: Thailand New Music and Arts Symposium, Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre, Thailand - 7/7/2019
all-forgetting-is-retrieval was commissioned by the TACETi Ensemble for the 2019 Thailand New Music and Arts Symposium at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) in Bangkok. This work explores the formation of human memory, retrieval, and failure, drawing from two sources. The first was a passage titled "Myth of Permanent Memory" from Richard A. Chechile's book Analyzing Memory: The Formation, Retention, and Measurement of Memory: "There is a common belief that forgetting is strictly due to a retrieval failure. It is curious why this idea of a permanent memory is so appealing...the storage of information is not perfect. Storage as well as retrieval is subject to failure. Thus, the hypothesis that all-forgetting-is-retrieval is incorrect. For information in this state of permanent [long-term] memory, all subsequent forgetting is assumed to be caused by a retrieval failure. Yet...there is no known biological mechanism to stop the adaptive changes in memory from continuing and thereby possibly destroying the prior learning record. If the learning environment changes, the same adaptive mechanisms that created the memory in the first place will continue to rearrange the structure of memory and potentially destroy the former memory representation." ... (complete program notes...)
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