Jason Thorpe Buchanan, composer

www.hungeropera.com




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RECENT EVENTS/NEWS:


Jan. 5, 2017: Curator, two-year term.
San Francisco Center for New Music.



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.




Sep. 27, 2016: Guest lecture, San Jose State University.


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. 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 Timothy McCormack, James Bean, nine VIPA participant composers, and works of Stefano Gervasoni and Rand Steiger.









June 23-30, 2016: Avaloch Farm Music Institute
residency with the [Switch~ Ensemble] and composer Timothy McCormack, new works by McCormack, James Bean, Igor Santos, Theocharis Papatrechas, Samuel Gillies, Jeremy Corren, and more.







May 22, 2016: Queens New Music Festival
the [Switch~ Ensemble], artistic director & conductor. American premieres of music by Alexander Schubert, Lisa Streich, Santiago Diez-Fischer, and works by C.Chandler, C.Mettens, and A.Vine.


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May 14, 2016: Sean Fredenburg will perform Second Study for Alto Saxophone, Electronics, and 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 University of North Carolina at Greensboro 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.12.16: Guest lecturer at the University of Chicago.


Nov.29, 15: World premiere of hunger fragments for sixteen solo voices, commissioned by the NY Virtuoso Singers in New York City, NY.







Nov.14, 15: World premiere of gimme shelter for three percussionists, electronics, and video processing, commissioned by Eklekto Percussion in Geneva, Switzerland.






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Oct.14, 15: Guest lecturer at Bergen senter for Elektronisk Kunst (BEK), Norway.

Oct.02, 15: Artist in Residence at USF Verftet in Bergen, Norway with support from the American-Scandinavian Foundation for work on Hunger.

Sep.13, 15: World premiere of walkside, lost commissioned by Gaudeamus Muziekweek for Slagwerk Den Haag as a nominee for the 2015 Gaudeamus Prize.

Sep.12, 15: European premiere of Asymptotic Flux: Second Study in Entropy with Insomnio Ensemble and Dutch premiere of Asymptotic Flux: First Study in Entropy with New European Ensemble at Gaudeamus Muziekweek as a nominee for the 2015 Gaudeamus Prize.

Jul.24, 15: European premiere of Asymptotic Flux: First Study in Entropy with MIVOS Quartet and Madison Greenstone at the 2015 VIPA Festival in Valencia, Spain.

Jul.13, 15: World Premiere of Second Study for Alto Saxophone, Electronics, and Video: pulp with Matt Evans at the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France

May 15, 15: the [Switch~ Ensemble] presents HUNGER (Part III) on the MATA Interval Series in New York City.

May.09, 15: World Premiere of de/ter|   |ior.ation with the Blue Water Chamber Orchestra in Cleveland, OH.

Mar.28.15: 2015 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award for Double Concerto for Two Horns & Chamber Orchestra.

Feb.23, 15: LA Times review of HUNGER on The Industry's FIRST TAKE: "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 wailing orchestra effects, cuts the ear like a knife. Buchanan delivers." Full article here!

Jan.21, 15: A version of my article Dealing With Time (Writing an Opera) has been featured on The Industry's blog. Original essay can be viewed here.






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, 2017).
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[Curriculum Vitae] [Media Portfolio]
(updated Jan.02.17) (updated Jan.02.17)


New 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.
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UPCOMING:


Oct. 18, 2017: FÜNF+FÜNF Contrabass Clarinet and Percussion Festival, Berlin
New work for contrabass clarinets, percussionists, and electronics.


           Sep. 8, 2017: Royaumont, AsniŹres-sur-Oise, Paris Region. New work for the Ensemble Voix Nouvelles. Commissioned by Royaumont Abbaye & Fondation.



Aug. 2, 2017: Time Spans Festival, New York City. New work for the Talea Ensemble. Commissioned by the Earle Brown Music Foundation.



          


June 28-July 8, 2017: VIPA Festival Executive Director and Faculty member.


May 9-15, 2017: University of Chicago
Residency with the [Switch~ Ensemble] performing 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.

      
Excerpts P.III, Sc.1 -- hungeropera.com        --    --   --   walkside, lost (view score)                
HUNGER: Darmstadt Contemporary Opera Workshop (2014)    
--  --  Slagwerk Den Haag, Commissioned by Gaudeamus Muziekweek


   
The Industry's HUNGER Intro Video       --     2015 Gaudeamus Prize Nominee Video


  
Double Concerto: For Two Horns & Chamber Orchestra (view score)              --             oggetti I (view score)                     
Eastman Musica Nova, Commissioned by the International Horn Society          
--      Fiati 5, Commissioned by Chamber Music Campania          


  
Asymptotic Flux: Second Study in Entropy (view score)       ...durat(A)ions: "broken landscape" (view score)       
 Alarm Will Sound, Commissioned by Mizzou Int. Composers Festival    --   --     --  Commissioned by Iktus Percussion                            





gimme shelter (2015)
for Eklekto Percussion
three percussionists, electronics, and video processing
Commissioned by Eklekto Percussion Geneva




walkside, lost (2015)
for Slagwerk Den Haag
three percussionists, electronics, and video processing
Commissioned by Gaudeamus Muziekweek



hunger fragments (2015)
for sixteen solo voices
Commissioned by The New York Virtuoso Singers



Second Study for Alto Saxophone, Video, and Electronics: pulp (2015)
Co-Commissioned by Matt Evans, Casey Grev, Emily Loboda, Marta Tiesenga, Sean Fredenburg, & Sumner Truax




      de/ter|           |ior.ation (2015)
in/               |minate|
for the Blue Water Chamber Orchestra
2.2.2.1-1.2.0.0-Timp+1-6.5.4.3.2
Commissioned by the Blue Water Chamber Orchestra as winner of Iron Composer 2014




contact: jasontbuchanan {at} gmail.com

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