Jason Thorpe Buchanan is an American composer, Artistic Director of the [Switch~ Ensemble], Executive Director of the Valencia International Performance Academy & Festival (Spain), and Curator for the San Francisco Center for New Music. Commissioned and performed internationally by ensembles such as Alarm Will Sound (USA), Talea (USA), Interface (DE), Nikel (Israel), Linea (FR), Insomnio (NL), EXAUDI (UK), Slagwerk Den Haag (NL), Eklekto Percussion (CH), Mivos Quartet (USA), Iktus Percussion, The Industry, wild Up, FÜNF+FÜNF Festival (DE), and the Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble, among others. Scenes from 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, nomination for the 2015 Gaudeamus Prize, commissions from Royaumont (2016 & 17), AiR USF Verftet (Norway), American-Scandinavian Foundation Grant, ASCAP Morton Gould Award (2014-15), Howard Hanson Orchestral Prize, and winner of Iron Composer. He has served as instructor in electronic music/composition and assistant conductor for the Musica Nova Ensemble with Brad Lubman as a Ph.D. candidate at the Eastman School of Music, and as a guest at Chamber Music Campania (Italy), SJSU, UNLV, QNMF, MATA, Portland State University, University of Richmond, UNCG, MSU, BEK (Norway), and at the University of Chicago in a residency with the [Switch~ Ensemble] (2017). Current projects include Hunger and commissions from Royaumont Académie Voix Nouvelles Ensemble (France, Sep.2017), the Earle Brown Music Foundation for Talea Ensemble/Time Spans Festival (NYC, Aug.2017), and FÜNF+FÜNF Contrabass Clarinet and Percussion Festival in Berlin (Germany, 2018).
JASON THORPE BUCHANAN, COMPOSER
Jan. 3-5, 2017: Guest lecturer & technical consultant/mentor composer at the University of Chicago. [Switch~ Ensemble] Residency.
Dec. 14-16, 2016: the [Switch~ Ensemble] plays San Francisco & Oakland Vernon Salon.
Sep. 25, 2016: Second Study for Alto Saxophone, Electronics, and Video: pulp with Matt Evans at Kent State University.
Sep. 23, 2016: Guest composer talk, Vernon Salon, Oakland.
Sep. 27, 2016: Guest lecture, San Jose State University.
Sep. 17, 2016: NEON Music Festival, Asymptotic Flux: First Study in Entropy with the Mivos Quartet and clarinetist Madison Greenstone.
Aug. 21-Sep.9, 2016: Royaumont Académie Voix Nouvelles, World Premiere of soliloquios del viento for six singers and eight instrumentalists, Talea Ensemble + Exaudi, commissioned by Royaumont.
July 6-16, 2016: VIPA Festival, executive director | the [Switch~ Ensemble], artistic director & conductor. Premieres by T.McCormack, J.Bean, nine VIPA composers + S.Gervasoni and R.Steiger.
June 23-30, 2016: Avaloch Farm Music Institute residency with the [Switch~ Ensemble] and Timothy McCormack, new works by McCormack, Bean, Walton, Santos, Papatrechas, Gillies, Corren, and more.
May 22, 2016: Queens New Music Festival the [Switch~ Ensemble], artistic director & conductor. American premieres of music by A.Schubert, L.Streich, S.Diez-Fischer, and works by C.Chandler, C.Mettens, and A.Vine.
May 14, 2016: Sean Fredenburg will perform Second Study for Alto Saxophone, Electronics, & Video: pulp at Portland State University
Apr. 24 & 29, 2016: Emily Jane Loboda will perform Second Study for Alto Saxophone, Electronics, and Video: pulp at UNCG and at University of Richmond
Apr. 11, 2016: Casey Grev will perform Second Study for Alto Saxophone, Electronics, and Video: pulp at Michigan State University in East Lansing
Jan. 12, 2016: Guest lecturer at the University of Chicago.
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)
Feb. 17, 2017: Recording release: Asymptotic Flux: Second Study in Entropy (2013), Eurpopean Premiere by Insomnio Ensemble, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Netherlands - September 12, 2015.
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Jan. 17, 2017: Recording release: soliloquios del viento (2016) written for Talea Ensemble & Exaudi. Commissioned by Voix Nouvelles de la Fondation Royaumont, world premiere Royaumont Abbey, France - September 9, 2016. (click for program notes & info)
New work for contrabass clarinets, percussionists, and electronics.
Aug. 2, 2017: Time Spans Festival, New York City. New work for the Talea Ensemble. Commissioned by the Earle Brown Music Foundation.
Residency with the [Switch~ Ensemble]. New works by UChicago composers.
Mar. 5, 2017: Hot Air Festival, San Francisco. SF Premiere of Second Study for Alto Saxophone, Electronics, and Video: pulp.
RECENT EVENTS / NEWS:
Jan. 5, 2017: Curator, two-year term. San Francisco Center for New Music.