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

28 Jun 2017
Stations & Resonances!

Presenting a series of works related to sites of historical infrastructure in New York City through a jointly hosted concert by the Metropolis Ensemble and the Avant Music Festival. The fabulous line up includes recordings and/or performances by Al Cerulo, Jamie Jordan, Andie Springer, Jude Traxler, Matt Welch, and Sam Wells. The show starts at 7:00 p.m. at 1 Rivington St. – 2nd Floor.

21 Jun 2017
Garden of Memory

Performing live-electronics with Juraj Kojs at the Chapel of the Chimes as part of a series of overlapping performances for the Garden of Memory (Oakland). The show runs from 5pm – 9pm.

20 Jun 2017
on ideas of sonic archives

Presenting on a series of recent works at CCRMA. Lecture begins at 1pm!

17 Jun 2017
Splice Institute

Delighted to be one of the featured composers at this year’s SPLICE Festival! The festifal runs from June 11 –  17 at Western Michigan University.

3 Jun 2017

Developing a collaborative project with Anna Svensdotter and Jonas Fröberg during a residency at Konstepidemin (Gothenburg, Sweden). More details to come soon!

20 May 2017
Radical dB Festival

Performing with Juraj Kojs at the Radical dB Festival in Zaragoza, Spain! The show is at the Etopía Center of Art and Technology and starts at 7:00 p.m.

18 May 2017
NIME 2017

Presenting a new version of the sound installation between systems and grounds for bobbin lace and feedback based electronics and with Olivia Valentine at NIME 2017!

13 May 2017
New Music Gathering

The GVSU New Music Ensemble performs on the analogical understandings of space at the New Music Gathering at Bowling Green State University!

4 May 2017
Original Gravity

A series of works will be performed at the exciting series Original Gravity in Boston. Curated by Keith Kirchoff, the evening will feature a fabulous line up of performers as well as beer crafted specifically for the evening and in response to the music. More details to come!

29 Apr 2017

Excited to present a series of recent works at the 2017 BEASt (Birmingham Electroacoustic Sound Theatre) Festival. More details to come!

RighteousGIRLS at Lincoln Center

The amazing RighteousGIRLS perform a new version of in absentia for flute, piano, and miniature electronics at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center! Show starts at 8:00 p.m.

25 Apr 2017

Video realization of Stations and Resonances at the New York Transit Museum (Brooklyn) as part of PLATFORM. The video piece involves a number of brief recordings of bag pipes performed by Matthew Welch along 39 stations that follow the path of the original IRT line in New York. Video recorded by Olivia Valentine with recording support by Warren Enström. The event runs from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

21 Apr 2017
SEAMUS National Conference

Nocturne R6105, written in collaboration with Abinadi Meza, will be featured as part of the 2017 SEAMUS National Conference at St. Cloud State University.

14 Apr 2017
Loadbang at SFSU

Loadbang Ensemble performs old fires catch old buildings as part of their residency at SFSU. The performance is in Knuth Hall at 8:00 p.m. and features works by Eve Beglarian, Angelica Negron, Chris Cerrone, and Quinn Collins.

11 Apr 2017
Loadbang at the Center for New Music

Loadbang Ensemble travels to San Francisco, and Andy Kozar performs on the imagined relation of night sounds (and silent darkness) at the Center for New Music! Show starts at 8:00 p.m.