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

8 Mar 2015
Dana Jessen at CNMAT!

Virtuoso bassoonist Dana Jessen performs “of an implaccable subtraction” at the Center for New Music & Audio Technologies (Berkeley, CA) as part of a series of new works she has commissioned, including pieces by Sam Pluta and Peter V. Swendsen. Show begins at 8:00 p.m.

7 Mar 2015
Subtropics Marathon!

“lullaby” to be featured as part of the fantastic marathon concert at this year’s Subtropics Festival (Miami, FL). The show begins at 3:00 p.m at Audiotheque. and runs all day.

6 Mar 2015
all lengths in between perhaps

“all lengths in between perhaps (TC-104)” will be featurd as part of the New Music Miami ISCM Festival at the Spanish Cultural Center. Show begins at 7:30 p.m.

27 Feb 2015
Avant Music Festival!

A series of new works to be performed by an all-star line up including Mantra Percussion, Dither Electric Guitar Quartet, Philip White, Dana Jessen, Andy Kozar, and Eleonore Oppenheim as part of the sixth annual Avant Music Festival. The show starts at 8:00 p.m. at Wild Project (195 East 3rd Street). The evening will include the premiere of showing and hiding / showing and vanishing which traces the paths of the 11 ancient aqueducts into Rome and composed as part of a fellowship at the American Academy in Rome.

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.