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Oni Buchanan is a poet, pianist, and the founder and director of the Ariel Artists classical music management company, designed for innovative artists who are expanding and re-contextualizing classical music for the 21st century. Ariel's soloists, chamber ensembles, and orchestras – all trained in the world's top conservatories – devote their mastery and curiosity to imaginative concert programs, exploratory collaborations, and interdisciplinary projects.

Buchanan herself 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 conversations across time between otherwise radically different works and composers. Buchanan has released five solo piano albums to date. Her fifth commercial album, Hierosgamos, featuring the piano works of Cindy Cox, was released in January 2017 on ArpaViva Recordings. A sixth album, Uncanny Valley, featuring a concert-length work for piano/poetry/electronics commissioned from the composer John Gibson and performed in collaboration with poet Jon Woodward, is due out in 2020.

Buchanan is also a published poet. Her fourth book (title TBD) is due out from the University of Iowa Press's acclaimed Kuhl House Poets series in October 2020. Her first three poetry books – Must A Violence (2012, Kuhl House Poets), Spring (2008, University of Illinois Press), and What Animal (2003, University of Georgia Press) – are winners of the National Poetry Series, the Massachusetts Book Awards, and 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.

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Oni Buchanan is the founder and director of Ariel Artists, a classical music management company designed for innovative artists who are expanding and re-contextualizing classical music for the 21st century. Ariel's soloists, chamber ensembles, and orchestras – all trained in the world's top conservatories – devote their mastery and curiosity to imaginative concert programs, exploratory collaborations, and interdisciplinary projects. Through performance and customized concert residencies, Ariel's artists create shared experiences both on and off the stage: they bring diverse communities of people together, invite participation, open conversation, and spark mutual inspiration through both rigorous inquiry and sheer fun. In her role as a business person and practicing artist with a high-level background in both piano and poetry, Buchanan delivers frequent talks and workshops on entrepreneurial business skills, artist management, and artistic collaboration, and has presented at such institutions as the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston, at national and international industry conferences such as Chamber Music America and PAC Australia, and at numerous universities across the country.

Buchanan herself 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 conversations across time between otherwise radically different works and composers. 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. More recently, 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, 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 has released five solo piano albums to date. Her fifth commercial album, Hierosgamos, featuring the piano works of Cindy Cox, was released in January 2017 on ArpaViva Recordings. Her sixth, a recording of the commission Uncanny Valley, is due out in 2020.

Buchanan is also a published poet. Her fourth book (title TBD) is due out from the University of Iowa Press's acclaimed Kuhl House Poets series in October 2020. Her first three poetry books – Must A Violence (2012, Kuhl House Poets), Spring (2008, University of Illinois Press), and What Animal (2003, University of Georgia Press) – are winners of the National Poetry Series, the Massachusetts Book Awards, and the University of Georgia Contemporary Poetry Series competition. Buchanan's poems have been selected for numerous anthologies including The Best American Poetry, The Arcadia Project, The Golden Shovel Anthology, and Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century, among others, and have been published in more than 50 print and online journals, including Bennington Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Conduit, Seneca Review, Gulf Coast, American Letters & Commentary, Fence, jubilat, Verse Magazine, and many more. Her large-scale kinetic poem, “The Mandrake Vehicles,” is included in the Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 2 (ELC2), published by MITH (Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities).

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, Daniel Epstein, Stephen Drury, Uriel Tsachor, and Mimi Tung, and her poetry teachers include Jorie Graham, Mark Levine, Heather McHugh, Susan Wheeler, Charles Wright, Rita Dove, Lisa Russ Spaar, and others.

(691 words. Updated August 2019. Please discard previously dated materials.)