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Oni Buchanan is a poet, pianist, and the founder and director of the Ariel Artists management company, representing soloists and chamber ensembles, and designed for the evolving classical music landscape of the 21st century.

As a poet, Buchanan is the author of three poetry books to date: Must a Violence (2012, Kuhl House Press), Spring (2008, winner of the National Poetry Series), and What Animal (2003, winner of the University of Georgia Contemporary Poetry Series competition).  Buchanan's poems have been selected for numerous anthologies, and have been published in many print and online literary journals

Buchanan toured as a solo pianist for over a decade, with concert programming that was often interdisciplinary in nature, directly engaging the intimate connections between the arts. She frequently performed and commissioned new works, programming them in concert alongside canonical repertoire with the goal of illuminating the fascinating connections/conversations across time between otherwise very different stylistic works. Buchanan has released four solo piano albums.  Hierosgamos (2016) on the Arpa Viva label is her fifth commercial release, with two additional albums still forthcoming.

 

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Oni Buchanan is a poet, pianist, and the founder and director of the Ariel Artists management company, representing soloists and chamber ensembles, and designed for the evolving classical music landscape of the 21st century. In her role as a business person and practicing artist with a high-level background in both piano and poetry, she has given frequent talks on entrepreneurial business skills, artist management, and artistic collaboration at such institutions as the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston as well as at universities across the country.

As a poet, Buchanan is the author of three poetry books. Her most recent book, Must a Violence (2012), is published by the University of Iowa Press as part of its celebrated Kuhl House Poets series, curated by poet/editor Mark Levine. Her second book, Spring, was selected by Mark Doty as a winner of the 2007 National Poetry Series, was published by the University of Illinois Press in 2008, and received the 2009 Massachusetts Book Award. The book includes a Flash-animation of her large-scale kinetic poem, The Mandrake Vehicles, also selected for inclusion in the Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 2 (ELC2) and first published by Conduit Magazine. Buchanan's first poetry book, What Animal, was selected by Fanny Howe as a winner of the University of Georgia Press Contemporary Poetry Series competition and published in 2003. Buchanan's poems have been selected for numerous anthologies including The Best American Poetry 2004 and Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century, and have been published in many print and online literary journals.

Buchanan toured as a solo pianist for over a decade, performing recitals in such major North and South American cities as Boston, New York, Chicago, Baltimore, Los Angeles, Berkeley, Sacramento, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Brasília, São Paulo, Porto Alegre, Montevideo, and more. Her concert programming was often interdisciplinary in nature, directly engaging the intimate connections between the arts. Her repertoire interests included contemporary music (with a specific focus on both electroacoustic music as well as music by women composers), music of the Americas (particularly Argentina and Brazil), French music spanning centuries (from Couperin through Messiaen), and a great deal of historic, canonical repertoire, with special affinity for Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Prokofiev, Bartók, and Ravel. From these diverse repertoire interests, she curated themed concert programs with the goal of illuminating the fascinating connections/conversations across time between otherwise very different stylistic works. Buchanan has released four solo piano albums.  Hierosgamos (2016) on the Arpa Viva label is her fifth commercial release, with two additional albums still forthcoming.

In addition to solo programming, Buchanan has co-curated (with poet Jon Woodward) several large-scale interdisciplinary performance projects. Their first project, “Machines,” featured the machines and films of kinetic sculptor Arthur Ganson exhibited alongside live performances of matched contemporary musical works. They then produced “Four Quartets: Variations,” moored by the performances of four vocalizing actors and four poets interacting with excerpted and remixed text of T. S. Eliot. In 2012, they commissioned a concert-length work for piano, spoken text, and electronics from renowned electroacoustic composer John Gibson. The piece, called Uncanny Valley (after Jon Woodward’s serial poem of the same name), was given its world premiere at the University of Michigan in September 2012, and saw performances throughout the country at venues including Smith College, Harvard University, Sarah Lawrence College, University of Iowa Center for New Music, CNMAT (Center for New Music and Audio Technologies) at UC Berkeley, the Sonic Frontiers series at University of Alabama, and many others.

Buchanan received her Master’s degree in piano performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, an M.F.A. in poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, her Bachelor’s degrees in both music and English from the University of Virginia, and conducted three years of her music studies at the University of Iowa School of Music while pursuing her poetry M.F.A. Her piano teachers have included Russell Sherman, Patricia Zander, Uriel Tsachor, and Mimi Tung, and her poetry teachers include Jorie Graham, Mark Levine, Heather McHugh, Susan Wheeler, Charles Wright, Lisa Russ Spaar, and others.