Jason Thorpe Buchanan’s (b. 1986) work has been described by critics and leading composers as “sharply-edged”, “shimmering,” “symphonic,” and “ambitious.” He is founder of Melos Music and their annual New Music Concert series, spending 2010-11 in Hamburg, Germany, on a Fulbright Fellowship at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater as a visiting scholar.
In 2012, his First Study for Alto Saxophone: doublethink, and First Study for Piano & Electronics: absence, were premiered at the NASA conference, and at Eastman’s Benson Creative Forum, respectively. Asymptotic Flux: First Study in Entropy was co-commissioned by the [Switch~ Ensemble]/Ossia in Rochester and ensemble39 in Philadelphia. In 2011 his Berlin Songs, were premiered at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin, later in the U.S. at the Melos New Music Concert – San Francisco, conducted by the composer.
Jason has studied with Robert Morris, Allan Schindler, Peter Michael Hamel, Virko Baley, Jorge Grossmann, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Pablo Furman, Kevin Puts, Robert Aldridge, and Manfred Stahnke, conducting with Takayoshi Suzuki and Brad Lubman, and at Darmstadt with Georges Aperghis, Brian Ferneyhough, and Raphaël Cendo.
As a conductor and advocate for contemporary music, Jason has worked with ensembles such as Nonsemble 6, ITCH, the UNLV Brass Ensemble, the ESM Graduate Composers’ Sinfonietta, Ossia, ensemble39, Nextet, and the Sound ExChange Orchestra, currently serving as assistant conductor for Eastman’s Musica Nova with conductor Brad Lubman, as well as co-founder/conductor of Eastman’s Electroacoustic [Switch~ Ensemble], and staff member in the Computer Music Center as a Ph.D. candidate at the Eastman School of Music. www.jasonthorpebuchanan.com