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.
- 5 Sep 2014
- Cage’s Song Books @ Avant Media Festival
As part of the celebration of Cage’s 102nd birthday, the Avant Media Festival is presenting a performance of Cage’s Song Books at the Wild Space! Delighted to be contributing some live-electronics to the incredible roster of musicians involved. Show starts at 8:00 p.m.
- 26 Aug 2014
- Alessandra Novaga premieres “collaborating objects”
In celebration of the release of her album LES CHAMBRE DES JEUX SONORES, guitar vituoso Alessandra Novaga, premieres collaborating objects for prepared electric guitar and radios at Spectrum (NYC) at 8:00 p.m. The album features works by Travis Just, Sandro Mussida, Vittorio Zago, and Francesco Gagliardi.
- 24 Jun 2014
- OZET @ Incubator Arts Project
Performing live-electronics for the upcoming OZET production at Incubator Arts Project; June 24 – 29.
- 22 Jun 2014
- “ontology of an echo” at the Bang On A Can Marathon!
The Bang On A Can All-Stars perform ontology of an echo at the upcoming marathon on June 22nd at Winter Garden! The work was originally written for the All-Stars as part of Field Recordings and the People’s Comissioning Fund.
- 14 Jun 2014
- 12 Nights!
Performing all lengths in between perhaps at 12 Nights (Miami, FL). Performing the set twice, once indoors at 6:00 p.m., and then outdoors at 9:00 p.m. at the Harold Golen Gallery. Happily sharing the evening with Andie Springer and Erik DeLuca.
- 2 May 2014
- Toneburst Electroextravagnza
The Toneburst Laptop Ensemble performs its yearly Electroextraganza, featuring new works written for the ensemble by its members, as well as pieces repertoire cultivated throughout the semester. Stay tuned for more program details. Show begins at 8:00 p.m., in World Music Hall, Wesleyan University.
- 21 Apr 2014
- MATA Festival with Mantra Percussion
- 15 Apr 2014
- Red Night – Object Collection at the Stone
Performing with Fulya Peker, Daniel Allen Nelson, Travis Just, and Aaron Meicht in a piece directed by Kara Feely at the Stone at 8:00 p.m. More information available here.
- 10 Apr 2014
- NYU Colloquium
Presenting as part of a panel discussion alongside Martin Brody (keynote), Jenny Olivia Johnson, and Jamie Oliver. Event begins at 5:00 p.m., with more information available here.
- 3 Apr 2014
- Object Collection, Robert Ashley, Frontiers Festival
- 30 Mar 2014
- Object Collection performs Robert Ashley’s Automatic Writing
Object Collection performs their adaptation of Robert Ashley’s Automatic Writing (1979). The new adaptation features Travis Just, Kara Feely, Fulya Peker, Quentin Tomlimieri, Aaron Meicht, and myself with programming and electronics. The show is at 8:00 p.m. at Cafe OTO, and more information about the adaptation is available on Object Collection’s web site.
- 27 Mar 2014
- 2014 SEAMUS National Conference
Co-coordinating the 2014 SEAMUS National Conference along with Ron Kuivila at Wesleyan University. Numerous concerts, lectures, installations, and presentations!
- 14 Mar 2014
- CMMAS Concert with Dana Jessen
- 6 Mar 2014
- live electronics at fGlitch
Performing a set of live-electronics at fGlitch at SUNY Stony Brook! Show starts at 8:00 p.m.
- 27 Feb 2014
- Todd Reynolds performs “end of an orange” at Shenandoah Conservatory
Todd Reynolds includes end of an orange as part of his guest artist’s set at Shenandoah Conservatory! Included in the line up are his pieces Beginner’s Mind, Transamerica, and Outerborough, plus works by David Lang, Nick Zammuto, Paul Dejong, Michael Lowenstern, Michael Gordon, John King, and Shenandoah’s own David T. Little. Show starts at 8:00 p.m.