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

26 Feb 2015
Circuit Bridges

Performing live-electronics along with Juraj Kojs, Aurie Hsu, Natacha Diels, Adrian Knight and Luke Dubois at the Gallery MC (549 W 52nd St) as part of Circuit Bridges. The line up also includes the Ensemble of Irreproducible Outcomes. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.!

23 Feb 2015
collaborating objects at O’

The amazing Alessandra Novaga performs “collaborating objects” at O’ in Milan! Show starts at 8:00 p.m.

21 Feb 2015
Nuclear Music performs “here in our ordinariness”

The Contemporary Music Ensemble at USF (Gainesville), Nuclear Music, performs “here in our ordinariness” for piano, saxophone, electric guitar, and percussion as part of the 2015 Florida Contemporary Music Festival. Show begins at 3:00 p.m.

16 Feb 2015
Object Collection’s Astro-Black (sub-underground II)

Performing live-electronics as part of Object Collection’s doom metal dinner party at the Silent Barn, 9:00 p.m.!

7 Feb 2015
Scharoun Ensemble: Night 2

The Scharoun Ensemble performs a series of recent works at the Villa Aurelia (Rome) as part of a fantastic line up, including performances of works by Andy Akiho and Annie Gosfield.

6 Feb 2015
Scharoun Ensemble: Night 1

The Scharoun Ensemble performs “luxury of superstition” at the Villa Aurelia (Rome), as well as an amazing line up of pieces by Andy Akiho.

29 Jan 2015
Cinque Mostre

A new sound installation Prex Gemina, developed with fellow Lakshmi Ramgopal, will open January 29th as part of Cinque Mostre at the American Academy in Rome!

Evening of Premieres by Andy Kozar

The amazing Andrew Kozar premieres “on the imagined relation of night sounds (and silent darkness)” as part of a series of new works for trumpet and electronics, including new works by Eve Beglarian, Elizabeth Hoffman, Anne Goldberg and Jeffrey Gavett. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the National Opera Center in NYC.

8 Dec 2014
Avant Music Festival Preview

Performing with the fabulous Philip White as part of a preview show for the Avant Music Festival! Show starts at 7:00 p.m. at the Wild Project (195 East 3rd Street).

7 Dec 2014
Mixtapes rebroadcast

Rebroadcast of the Mixtape on Q2, featuring works byAndy AkihoChaya CzernowinAlvin CurranBill FontanaCynthia MadanskyAbinadi MezaIkue MoriZeena Parkins, and Lykanthea. Broadcasts at 8:00 p.m. EST, December 7th.

3 Dec 2014
Mixtape on Q2!

Excited to be involved in this Mixtape on Q2, featuring works byAndy AkihoChaya CzernowinAlvin CurranBill FontanaCynthia MadanskyAbinadi MezaIkue MoriZeena Parkins, and Lykanthea. Broadcasts at 3:00 p.m., December 3rd.

22 Nov 2014
“Come Together”

Performing live-electronics alongside Abinadi Meza as part of “Come Together” – a series of events linked at MAXXI (Rome) as part of their exhibit Open Museum Open City. More documentation available here.

16 Nov 2014
Nuova Consonanza

“in absentia” and “of minutiae and memory” to be performed as part of the marathon concerts of Festa d’Autunno of Nuova Consonanza at Villa Aurelia (American Academy in Rome)!

10 Oct 2014
lathyrus at KTH R1

Kungliga Musikhögskolan’s Live Electronics Ensemble is joined by Dirty Electronics Ensemble for an ight of live-electronics merriment. “lathyrus” to be performed as part of the mix! The performance takes place at KTH R1 Experimental Performance Space (Stockholm) at 7:00 p.m.

5 Sep 2014
Dither Extravangza!

The incredible Dither Extravaganza strikes again with an incredible array of music and performances from 6:00 p.m. until midnight. Excited that Wil Smith will be performing “of architecture and accumulation” as part of the evening’s events!