Jason Thorpe Buchanan’s works have been described as “an unearthly collage of sounds”, “sharply-edged”, and “free jazz gone wrong”, commissioned and performed internationally by ensembles such as Alarm Will Sound, Ensemble Interface (Germany), Ensemble Nikel (Israel), Ensemble Linea (France), Nonsemble 6, IKTUS Percussion, The Industry, wild Up, the [Switch~ Ensemble], OSSIA, and the Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble, among others. Nominated for the 2015 Gaudeamus Prize, three of his works will be presented at Gaudeamus Muziekweek in September 2015. Scenes from his Multimedia Opera Hunger have received performances at the Darmstadt Contemporary Opera Workshop (2014), The Industry’s FIRST TAKE Opera Workshop in L.A. (2015), and the MATA Interval 8 Series in NYC with the [Switch~ Ensemble]. “Jason Thorpe Buchanan's 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 [sic] wailing orchestral effects, cuts the ear like a knife. Buchanan delivers.” - Los Angeles Times.
Honors and awards include a Fulbright Fellowship (2010-11) at the HfMT Hamburg (Germany), Artist-in-Residence USF Verftet/City Council of Bergen, Norway (2015), ASCAP Morton Gould Award (2014 & 2015), Howard Hanson Orchestral Prize, Winner of newEar Composer’s Competition, 2nd place American Prize, commissions from Mizzou International Composers Festival, International Horn Society, Tzlil Meudcan Festival (Tel Aviv), Chamber Music Campania (Italy), German/American Fulbright-Kommission, the NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival, and others. He is coordinator of the VIPA Festival’s Composition & Contemporary Music Program (Spain), as well as conductor/artistic director of the Computer Music Center’s ensemble-in-residence, the [Switch~ Ensemble], as a Ph.D. candidate at the Eastman School of Music, where he has served as course instructor in electronic music and composition, as well as assistant conductor for the Musica Nova Ensemble with Brad Lubman.
Current projects include Hunger, a multimedia opera with libretto by award-winning poet Darcie Dennigan, a work for Andrew J. Allen (saxophone), electronics, and video (World Saxophone Congress, Strasbourg, 2015), a work for Peter Ferry (percussion) and electronics (Chicago, 2016), a commission from the New York Virtuoso Singers (NYC, 2015), a commission for the Blue Water Chamber Orchestra as winner of Iron Composer 2014 (Cleveland, May 2015), and a commission for Slagwerk Den Haag to be premiered at Gaudeamus Muziekweek (Netherlands, Sept. 2015).
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