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, [Switch~ Ensemble], OSSIA, Fiati 5 (Italy), Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble, and TAD Wind Symphony (Japan), among others. His Multimedia Opera Hunger was selected for the Darmstadt Contemporary Opera Workshop with Ensemble Interface (2014), and The Industry FIRST TAKE Opera Workshop in L.A. (2015). Honors and awards include a Fulbright Fellowship (2010-11) at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hamburg (Germany) as a visiting scholar, Artist-in-Residence USF Verftet/City Council of Bergen, Norway to complete work on Hunger in 2015, ASCAP Morton Gould Award, Howard Hanson Orchestral Prize, newEar Composer’s Competition, 2nd place in the American Prize, commissions from the 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 has studied with Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Allan Schindler, Virko Baley, Peter Michael Hamel, Jorge Grossmann, Manfred Stahnke, Georges Aperghis, Brian Ferneyhough, Raphaël Cendo, Chaya Czernowin, Augusta Read Thomas, Hans Abrahamsen, Philippe Leroux, José María Sánchez-Verdú, and Pierluigi Billone, among others.
He is Executive Director of the VIPA Festival’s Composition & Contemporary Music Program (Spain), as well as conductor and 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, 2015), a commission for the Blue Water Chamber Symphony as winner of Iron Composer 2014 (Cleveland, OH), and a new work for Distractfold Ensemble (Valencia, Spain, 2015).