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Dr. Jason Thorpe Buchanan

Jason Thorpe Buchanan is an American composer,intermedia artist, and music technologist. His works explore multiplicity, causality, behavior, and the integration of live performance withtechnology, and have been recognized internationally as recipient of a 2010-11 Fulbright Fellowship(Hamburg), an American-Scandinavian Foundation Grant, two ASCAP Morton Gould Awards, the Howard Hanson Orchestral Prize, fellowships and commissions from Royaumont (2016 & 2017),MICF, the International Horn Society, Eklekto Percussion Geneva, TIME SPANS Festival, Iron Composer, as well as 2015 AiR at USF Verftet (Norway), 2018 AiR at the Embassy of Foreign Artists (Switzerland), and nomination for the 2015 Gaudeamus Prize,. Commissions have included collaborations with Alarm Will Sound, Talea, Interface (DE), Nikel (Israel), EXAUDI (UK),Slagwerk Den Haag (NL), Eklekto (CH), Iktus Percussion, wild Up, the Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble, TACETi, the Blue Water Chamber Orchestra, Académie Voix Nouvelles Ensemble (FR),and the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble.Scenes from his multimedia opera Hunger received performances at Darmstadt, The Industry’s FIRST TAKE (L.A.), and MATA (NYC).

Jason currently serves as Artistic Associate and Lecturer in New Media and Digital Technologies for Music at the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden, Germany at the Hybrid Music Lab, as well as Artistic Director of the [Switch~ Ensemble]. He has formerly served as Managing Director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative at the University of Missouri, Department Chair/Lecturer in Composition, Theory, and Electroacoustic Music at the College of Music, Mahidol University (Thailand), Visiting Lecturer in Composition & Interim Director of the Electronic Music Studios at the Butler School of Music, UT Austin, Executive Director of the VIPAFestival (Spain), Curator for the San Francisco Center for New Music, and Director of the Academy for Young Composers at TICF (Thailand).

He holds a Ph.D. from the Eastman School of Music and is widely sought as a guest composer and lecturer at institutions such as the University of Chicago, Stanford, TRANSIT (Belgium), MATA,Yong Siew Toh Conservatory (Singapore), Chamber Music Campania (Italy), the Bangkok Metropolitan Orchestra, the Bergen Center for Elektronisk Kunst (Norway), and dozens of Universities throughout the United States and Europe