About

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

24 Mar 2018
Signals

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
Signals

Performing live-electronics with the fabulous Composers Inside Electronics for Merce Cunningham’s Signals as revived by the Stephen Petronio Company at the Joyce Theater. Show starts at 8pm!

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

Splinter Reeds premieres Antenna Studies at Blue Sage Center for the Arts in Colorado! More details to come…

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

Marianna Ellenberg‘s Pawel & Ebola opens at The Kitchen! Original electronic music created for the theater piece is interwoven with live-electronics and sound design by Anthony Dean.

15 Feb 2018
EarFest w/ Seth Cluett

Performing with Seth Cluett at EartFest at Stony Brook University! Archive of the performance is available here.

8 Feb 2018
CNMAT!

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

between systems and grounds, a collaborative project with Olivia Valentine, comes to Wesleyan with performances by David Scanlon & Emma Banay, Alex Waterman, and Leslie Allison.

3 Feb 2018
between systems and grounds

between systems and grounds, a collaborative project with Olivia Valentine, comes to Wesleyan with performances by David Scanlon & Emma Banay, Alex Waterman, and Leslie Allison.

13 Dec 2017
Duo w/ Seth Cluett

Performing with Seth Cluett at Experimental Intermedia! We will perform with transduced tubes, 3D printed shapes, amplified objects,  many cassette recorders, and feedback. Show starts at 9pm.

11 Nov 2017
between systems and grounds @ ACRE

between systems and grounds featured as part of ACRE Exhibitions! Live-performance with Olivia Valentine of the installation runs from 5pm – 7pm.

6 Nov 2017
Loadbang UK Tour

Loadbang performs old fires catch old buildings at Centrala in Birmingham (UK).

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.