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

3 Oct 2017
Colloquium at U Penn

Presenting Walks with Electronics at the Music Department’s colloquium series at the University of Pennsylvania! Presentation begins at 5:45 p.m.

27 Sep 2017
Premiere for Singing/Speaking Percussionists

Bonnie Whiting and Jennifer Torrence premiere a new piece for cymbals, voices, and live-electronics at Meany Studio Theater at the University of Washington in Seattle! Show starts at 7:30 p.m.!

23 Sep 2017
Sound walk @ Resonant Spaces

Leading a sound walk as part of the series of beautiful sound installations at Dartmouth College for Resonant Spaces!

8 Sep 2017
Bach to School

Ron Ebrecht performs of architecture and accumulation for organ and wine-glasses as part of his annual concert “Bach to School” at Wesleyan University, Memorial Chapel. Show starts at 8:00 p.m.!

2 Sep 2017
Barge Music

The amazing Kathleen Supové premieres a new version of AEG/III for piano and electronics at Barge Music as part of Here and Now Series: A Celebration of Contemporary Women Composers by Women Performers. The program includes works by Laura Kaminsky, Yoko Sato, Dalit Warshaw, Augusta Read Thomas, Nina C. Young, and Milica Paranosic and performances by Ursula Oppens, Nancy Allen Lundy, Dalit Warshaw, Jennifer Choi, Kathleen Supove, & Yoko Reikano Kimura.

6 Aug 2017
ELMS 2017 in Boston

within the social history of saltpeter featured along a fabulous line up of pieces as part of the Experimental Listening and Music Sessions at Third Life Studio in Boston!

18 Jul 2017
VU 2!

within the social history of saltpeter featured as part of VU 2, an all day line up of electronic music curated by Katie Porter at the Jim Santy Auditorium in Park City Library in Park City, Utah!

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!