Described by the three-time Nobel prize nominated poet, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, as a “most quickly enflaming young composer,” Benjamin Buchanan (b. 1989) is a Baltimore based beatboxing toy pianist, composer, and performance artist seeking to thrill, yearning to move, and longing to find meaning through the creation of varieties of art throughout his daily life. He holds Master of Music degrees in Music Composition and Music Theory Pedagogy from the Peabody Conservatory where he studied with world renowned composer Michael Hersch from 2012–2014. Past composition study occurred at the High Score New Music Center in Pavia, Italy and at the University of Tulsa where he received a Bachelor's of Music in Piano Performance. His artistic pursuits have shaped him into an interdisciplinary maker specializing in sound-craft, but the art that he wishes to create is not music, rather it is the reaction of the audience member over time as they experience his art. Regarding this, he states: "I strive to awaken all to the omnipresent beauty of this existence surrounding us. To this end I seek to utilize any means necessary ranging from the traditions of musical presentation, atypical performance techniques, and structured multi-sensory immersions, to the use of absurdity and the design of audience expectations in the pursuit of producing humor, shock, and empathy. For these reasons I have found that each audience I wish to serve through my compositions requires unique approaches and their very own musical languages. I am often hard-pressed to pin down a stylistic description, but I find that much of my art tends to reflect the characteristics of one who has been recently re-expelled from the Second New School of Post-Neo-Avant-Garde anti-Futurist Flux-Complexity for the Development of Semi-Progressive Transomni-Modernism."
Benjamin's ArtPrize Entries
These are Benjamin's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Benjamin's Past Work
These are images of past work that Benjamin has done.