Jason Thorpe Buchanan is an American composer, Artistic Director of the [Switch~ Ensemble]
, Curator for the San Francisco Center for New Music
, and full-time Lecturer in Composition, Theory, and Electronic Music at Mahidol University's College of Music
Commissioned and performed internationally by ensembles such as Alarm Will Sound
(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 Executive Director (2015-2017) of the Valencia International Performance Academy & Festival (Spain)
, 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 (2011-14), 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). The first half of 2018 will be spent on a six-month residency awarded by the Embassy of Foreign Artists
in Geneva, Switzerland to live and work as Artist-in-Residence from January through June.