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).