Paula Matthusen is a composer who writes both electroacoustic and acoustic music and realizes sound installations. In addition to writing for a variety of different ensembles, she also collaborates with choreographers and theater companies. She has written for diverse instrumentations, such as “run-on sentence of the pavement” for piano, ping-pong balls, and electronics, which Alex Ross of The New Yorker noted as being “entrancing”. Her work often considers discrepancies in musical space—real, imagined, and remembered.

Her music has been performed by Dither, Mantra Percussion, the Bang On A Can All-Stars, Alarm Will Sound, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), orchest de ereprijs, The Glass Farm Ensemble, the Estonian National Ballet, James Moore, Kathryn Woodard, Todd Reynolds, Kathleen Supové, Margaret Lancaster and Jody Redhage. Her work has been performed at numerous venues and festivals in America and Europe, including the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, the MusicNOW Series of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Ecstatic Music Festival, Other Minds, the MATA Festival, Merkin Concert Hall, the Aspen Music Festival, Bang on a Can Summer Institute of Music at MassMoCA, the Gaudeamus New Music Week, SEAMUS, International Computer Music Conference and Dither’s Invisible Dog Extravaganza. She performs frequently with Object Collection, and through the theater company Kinderdeutsch Projekts.

Awards include the Walter Hinrichsen Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Fulbright Grant, two ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers’ Awards, First Prize in the Young Composers’ Meeting Composition Competition, the MacCracken and Langley Ryan Fellowship, the “New Genre Prize” from the IAWM Search for New Music, and recently the 2014 Elliott Carter Rome Prize. Matthusen has also held residencies at The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, create@iEar at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, STEIM, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Matthusen completed her Ph.D. at New York University – GSAS. She was Director of Music Technology at Florida International University for four years, where she founded the FLEA Laptop Ensemble. Matthusen is currently Associate Professor of Music at Wesleyan University, where she teaches experimental music, composition, and music technology.

News archive

16 Jun 2018
Longy’s Divergent Studio

of minutiae and memory to be performed at Longy’s Divergent Studio Summer Program! More details to come.

15 Jun 2018
CT Summerfest Contemporary Music Festival

Delighted to be serving as part of the composition faculty for the 2018 Connecticut Summerfest Contemporary Music Festival!

14 Jun 2018
Of Serra @ Fridman Gallery: June 11 – 14

Live-electronics performance for Abigail Levine‘s Restagings # 2: Of Serra (to movement) runs at Fridman Gallery from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.!

9 Jun 2018
Vocal Constructivists tribute to Pauline Oliveros

The Vocal Constructivists perform within the fricative light of intention as part of their tribute concerts to Pauline Oliveros at Lumen Church (Bloomsbury, UK).

7 Jun 2018
Sonic Innovations @ Caramoor

A new sound installation to open as part of Sonic Innovations at Caramoor!

1 Jun 2018
Restagings No. 2: Of Serra (to movement)

Performing live-electronics for Abigail Levine‘s newest work, Restagings No. 2: Of Serra (to movement) at Vox Populi. The opening reception runs from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

30 May 2018
Loadbang Record Release Party

The fabulous Loadbang Ensemble celebrates the release of their newest CD which includes old fires catch old buildings on it in addition to works by Taylor Brook, Reiko Füting, Angélica Negrón, Scott Wollschleger, Jeffrey Gavett and William Lang at Arete! Show starts at 7:30 p.m.

11 May 2018
Ladies First

ins frische Segensspruch performed by the Kathleen Supové and Sharon Harms as part of Ladies First at the National Opera Center. Show begins at 7:00 p.m.

29 Apr 2018
Anticausal Systems Kickoff Party

Performing live-electronics as part of the celebration for the launch of the Anticausal Systems Label, spearheaded by Philip White! Show is at JACK and begins at 7 pm.

27 Apr 2018
Wellesley College – Guest Lecture

Giving a guest lecture at Wellesley College related to interactivity and electronics.

21 Apr 2018
Mazumal performs of minutiae and memory

Mazumal performs of minutiae and memory at CNMAT (UC Berkeley)! Show starts at 8:00 p.m.

10 Apr 2018
of minutiae and memory at Hartt

Olivia J.P. Harris and Felicia Chen perform of minutiae and memory at the Hartt School!

9 Apr 2018
NYNME performs “of whole movements and migrations”

The New York New Music Ensemble performs of whole movements and migrations at the DiMenna Center! Show starts at 7:30 p.m.!

4 Apr 2018
New Music Miami

Keith Kirchoff performs AEG/III at New Music Miami! Show starts at 7:30 p.m. at Miami Beach Urban Studios.

30 Mar 2018
Synth Nights: Composers Inside Electronics

The amazing Composers Inside Electronics celebrates its 40th anniversary at the Kitchen with pieces and/or performances by Paul DeMarinis, Phil Edelstein, Ralph Jones, Cecilia López, John Driscoll, Ron Kuivila, Margaret Anne Schedel, John Driscoll, Tom Hamilton, Michael Johnsen, and David Tudor. the old language is the old language, with its lance and greaves, broken shields and hammered vowels is included as part of the line up, and to be performed by Cecilia Lopez and Dina Maccabee!