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.
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.
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.
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!
OLD NEWS: 12.09.14: Hunger has been selected for The Industry's Los Angeles "FIRST TAKE" West Coast Workshop for New Operas with wild Up. A public performance of Part III will take place on February 21, 2015 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Beverly Hills, CA in the 400-seat Goldsmith Theater.
10.21.14: Nominated for the 2015 Gaudeamus Prize, my works will be presented by Ensemble Insomnio, New European Ensemble, and Slagwerk Den Haag at Gaudeamus Muziekweek in September 2015. www.muziekweek.nl
06.13.14: Artist in Residence USF Verftet, Bergen City Council, Norway
04.18.14: 2014 Howard Hanson Orchestral Prize, Eastman School of Music, for Asymptotic Flux: Second Study in Entropy.
03.31.14: 2014 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award for Asymptotic Flux: Second Study in Entropy.
03.25.14: Asymptotic Flux: First Study in Entropy selected for NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival, will be performed by the [Switch~ Ensemble] June 2.
03.17.14: Thrilled to announce a collaboration between myself and critically acclaimed writer Darcie Dennigan, poet-in-residence at the University of Connecticut, on our multimedia opera based upon Knut Hamsun's Sult.
01.23.14: Selected to write new works for Contemporary Opera Workshop at the Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt (August 2014)
Tzlil Meudcan International Music Festival in Tel Aviv, Israel with Ensemble Nikel (July 2014)
Fiati 5 Wind Quintet at Chamber Music Campania in Italy (June 2014) as composer-in-residence.
10.04.13: Concert preview of ...durat(A)ions: "broken landscape" for Iktus Percussion at the Eastman School of Music.
09.10.13: Commission from Meir Rimon Commissioning Assistance Program of the International Horn Society to begin writing my Double Concerto for horn soloists Jeff Nelsen, Michael Walker and the Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble with conductor Brad Lubman.
09.09.13: Winner of the 4th Annual newEar Composers' Competition.
07.03.13: Excerpted from NewMusicBox: "Asymptotic Flux: First Study in Entropy by Jason Thorpe Buchanan is an unearthly collage of sounds. Though conceptually direct, the [result was] delightfully ambiguous: frantic joy could be as easily heard as extreme distemperment." www.newmusicbox.org/articles/2013-june-in-buffalo/
06.13: Commission from saxophonist Andrew Allen for Saxophone and Electronics utilizing texts by Bukowski, to be premiered at the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg in 2015.
03.13: Asymptotic Flux: Second Study in Entropy (Static Foxy Lump: [II] Second Nudist Tyre Pony, written for Alarm Will Sound, will be premiered at the Mizzou International Composers Festival in Columbia, MO July 2013
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. (click for program notes & info)
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)
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.
Jason Thorpe Buchanan is an American composer of operatic, orchestral, chamber, electroacoustic, and multimedia works.
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, his works have been described as "an unearthly collage of sounds", "sharply-edged", and "free jazz gone wrong".
Commissioned and performed internationally by conductors and ensembles such as Brad Lubman, James Baker, Alan Pierson, Jean-Philippe Wurtz, Marc Lowenstein, Ulrich Pöhl, Alarm Will Sound (USA), Talea Ensemble (USA), Ensemble Interface (Germany), Ensemble Nikel (Israel), Ensemble Linea (France), Insomnio Ensemble (Netherlands), EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble (UK), Slagwerk Den Haag (Netherlands), Eklekto Percussion (Switzerland), Mivos Quartet (USA), Iktus Percussion (USA), the [Switch~ Ensemble] (USA), The Industry, wild Up, OSSIA, the Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble (USA), and BlueWater Chamber Orchestra (USA), among others. One of five composers under 30 nominated for the 2015 Gaudeamus Prize, his works were presented by Insomnio, New European Ensemble, and Slagwerk Den Haag at Gaudeamus Muziekweek in September 2015.
Scenes from his Multimedia Opera Hunger have received performances at Darmstadt (2014) with Ensemble Interface, The Industry's FIRST TAKE in L.A. (2015) with wild Up, and the MATA Interval Series in New York City with the [Switch~ Ensemble].
L.A. Times critic Mark Swed writes: "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."
Awarded a Fulbright Fellowship (2010-11) at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg (DE) as a visiting scholar, he was recently selected for a fellowship and commission for the Royaumont Académie Voix Nouvelles for Talea & Exaudi (2016) and as a 2015 Artist-in-Residence by USF Verftet and the City Council of Bergen, Norway, with a grant from the American-Scandinavian Foundation.
Honors and awards include commissions from Gaudeamus Muziekweek and Slagwerk Den Haag (NL), Eklekto Percussion (CV), the NY Virtuoso Singers, a commission from the International Horn Society and ASCAP Morton Gould Award (2015) for Double Concerto (2014), written for the Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble with conductor Brad Lubman, an ASCAP Morton Gould Award (2014) and Howard Hanson Orchestral Prize (2014) for Asymptotic Flux: Second Study in Entropy (2013), commissions from the Mizzou International Composers Festival for Alarm Will Sound, the Blue Water Chamber Orchestra as winner of Iron Composer (2014), the Tzlil Meudcan Festival (Tel Aviv) with Ensemble Nikel, and from Chamber Music Campania (Italy) as composer-in-residence (2014), as well as winner of both the newEar 4th Annual Composer's Competition (2013) and selection at the NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival (2014) for Asymptotic Flux: First Study in Entropy, co-commissioned by the [Switch~ Ensemble] & OSSIA, and 2nd place American Prize (2012) for Berlin Songs, commissioned by the German/American Fulbright-Kommission and premiered at the Akademie der Künste (Berlin) during the European Fulbright Conference.
Primary mentors have included Pierluigi Billone, Raphaël Cendo, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Virko Baley, Peter Michael Hamel, Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann, and Georges Aperghis, among others.
Jason has previously served as assistant conductor for Eastman's Musica Nova Ensemble with conductor Brad Lubman, and Graduate Teaching Assistant/Course Instructor for the Eastman Computer Music Center, as well as a board member of OSSIA as a Ph.D. candidate at the Eastman School of Music.
He holds degrees in Composition and Music Technology from San José State University and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he taught courses in composition and theory (2008-2010).
Current projects include the multimedia opera Hunger with libretto by award-winning poet Darcie Dennigan, a series of miniatures for percussion and electronics commissioned by Peter Ferry (Chicago, 2017), the Riot Ensemble (UK, Feb.2017), and consortium, a commission for the Royaumont Académie Voix Nouvelles Ensemble (France, Sep.2017), a new work for Talea commissioned by the Earle Brown Music Foundation to be premiered at the Time Spans Festival (NYC, Aug.2017), and a quintet commissioned by the FÜNF+FÜNF Contrabass Clarinet and Percussion Festival in Berlin (Germany, Oct.2017).