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.
- 24 Mar 2018
The Stephen Petronio Company’s revival of Merce Cunningham’s Signals at the Joyce continues! Delighted to be performing with Composers Inside Electronics as part of the performance.
- 23 Mar 2018
- 16 Mar 2018
- CMMAS Residency
Beginning new project with choreographer Abigail Levine at CMMAS! More details of the project to come soon.
- 11 Mar 2018
- Antenna Studies Premiere
- 10 Mar 2018
- Splinter Reeds @ Blue Sage
Dana Jessen performs of an implacable subtraction at Blue Sage Center for the Arts as part of a series of performances and collaborations with Splinter Reeds.
- 7 Mar 2018
- glass meets water
glass meets water featured as part of the New Music Miami ISCM Series!
- 22 Feb 2018
- Pawel & Ebola
- 15 Feb 2018
- EarFest w/ Seth Cluett
- 8 Feb 2018
Performing with Pamela Z and Ken Ueno at CNMAT! Show starts at 8:00 p.m. Giving a lecture beforehand for the colloquium at Berkeley.
- 4 Feb 2018
- between systems and grounds
- 3 Feb 2018
- between systems and grounds
- 13 Dec 2017
- Duo w/ Seth Cluett
- 6 Nov 2017
- the old language is the old language
Duo Bonnie Whiting and Jennifer Torrence perform The old language is the old language, with its lance and greaves, broken shields and hammered vowels at Beloit College! Show starts at 5:00 p.m.
- 3 Nov 2017
- between systems and grounds at ACRE Exhibitions
The collaborative sound and textile installation with Olivia Valentine, between systems and grounds, opens at ACRE Projects. Opening runs from 6 – 9pm.
- 28 Oct 2017
- 12 Nights
Performing a set of live-electronic at 12 Nights in Miami. More details to come…