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.
- 14 Mar 2017
- Vocal Constructivists at Cafe Oto
- 9 Mar 2017
- lathyrus in Reykjavik
Students from the Iceland Arts Academy (IAA) together with Berglind Tómasdóttir, Lilja Ásmundsdóttir, Erik DeLuca and Brian Griffeath-Loeb perform lathyrus along with works by Christian Wolff, John Cage, Brian Griffeath-Leob, and students of the IAA! More details here.
- 4 Mar 2017
- CompPlayComp Marathon
A new piece water meets glass, dead horse bay is featured as part of the CompPlayComp Marathon at Spectrum, coordinated through the Composers Concordance! Show starts at 7pm and features a fabulous line up of composers performing their own work.
- 23 Feb 2017
- duo :: duo
- 11 Feb 2017
- Smack Mellon
- 6 Feb 2017
- Remembering Pauline Oliveros
Honored to be performing in the Apple Box Orchestra as part of the commemoration of Pauline Oliveros at the Park Avenue Armory.
- 4 Feb 2017
- FETA 10 Fest!
Very happy to be joining Nestor Prieto at the Betsey Hotel on MIami Beach for the 12 Nights Festival. The entire weekend has a stellar line up including performances by Alex Lough, Jason Charney, On Structure and Bryan Jacobs, Jen Beattie and Adam Marks, and Philip White and Chris Pitsiokos.
- 28 Jan 2017
- Dana Jessen: Carve CD Release Party!
Performing alongside Dana Jessen as part of the celebration of the release of her new CD Carve, which features of an implacable subtraction on it, as well as pieces by Sam Pluta, Peter V. Swendsen, and Kyle Bruckmann. The celebration begins at 8:00 p.m. at Soup & Sound (NYC)!
- 27 Jan 2017
- Hidden Volumes @ Wesleyan
Performing Hidden Volumes with Terri Hron at within the stacks of Olin Library (3.5th Floor) at Wesleyan University. Show starts at 9:00 p.m. The piece combines recent improvisations conducted in stretches of the Aqua Traiana that lies under the American Academy in Rome.
- 22 Jan 2017
- Michi Wiancko performs “lullaby for dead horse bay”
The amazing Michi Wiancko gives the NYC premiere of lullaby for dead horse bay as part of a series of new and old works performed with Michael Mizrahi. The show starts at 7:00 p.m. at Rockwood Music Hall.
- Hidden Volumes
- 18 Jan 2017
- Freedom of Art
Performing nacht nach nacht nach nacht nach nacht alongside friends and fans of Avant Media and Wild Project for Freedom of Art, a benefit for the NYCLU. The event starts at 8:00 p.m.!
- 12 Jan 2017
Performing a series of recent works at the Ultrasons Festival at the University of Montreal. Very excited to be included in the exciting line up of pieces, as well as to be working with Terri Hron to perform sparrows in supermarkets and to show recent work with Tom Snelgrove.
- 8 Jan 2017
- Tribute to Pauline Oliveros
- 2 Dec 2016
- EQ Ensemble
The EQ Ensemble includes nacht nach nacht nach nacht nach nacht as part of a series featuring works by Caroline Park, Jason Huffman, Yoon-ji Lee, and Laura Cetilia. The show is at Lilypad (Cambridge, MA) and starts at 8:00 p.m.