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 2016
Performing at Cruce

Performing a set of live-electronics alongside Juraj Kojs at Cruce (Madrid, Spain).

4 Mar 2016
Nocturne: R6105 @ New Music Miami

A collaborative work with Abinadi Meza for live-electronics, video, and text Nocturne: R6105 will receive its U.S. debut at the New Music Miami ISCM Festival! Show starts at 7:30 p.m. at Miami Beach Urban Studios.

3 Mar 2016
Live-Electronics @ 12 Nights

Performing live-electronics at the 12 Nights Festival of Electronic Art and Music at the Harold Golen Gallery!

27 Feb 2016
Premiere of “between charm and the constant laws of motion”

Bloomingdale School of Music students led by the fabulous Yvonne Troxler premiere between charm and the constant laws of motion, with a recorded cameo by Roger Grant as part of their concert series Album for the Young. Show is at Symphony Space (Thalia Theater, NY).

24 Feb 2016
Pendulum New Music

Performing portable and on the comparative lightness of water at ATLAS Blackbox at University of Colorado Boulder. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.

19 Feb 2016
CD Release Party!

Very excited that my new CD on Innova Pieces for People will have a small release party on February 19th at First Presbyterian Church (124 Henry Street; Brooklyn, New York 11201). The fabulous Wil Smith, James Moore, Yvonne Troxler, and Mantra Percussion will join in for performances. Please come out and celebrate, and many thanks to the many musicians and supporters who have made the CD possible!

10 Feb 2016
Collaboration with Abigail Levine

Performing live-electronics alongside choreographer and dancer Abigail Levine at Roulette Intermedium (Brooklyn). Show starts at 8:00 p.m.!

6 Feb 2016
Dinosaur Annex (Boston)

The fabulous new music ensemble Dinosaur Annex performs “in absentia” at the Longy School of Music (Pickman Hall). Show starts at 7:30 p.m.!

3 Feb 2016
Ensemble 20+ performs in absentia!

in absentia will be performed by Ensemble 20+ at DePaul University. Show starts at 8:00 p.m. and is in the Concert Hall (800 W Belden Ave.)

21 Nov 2015
Brooklyn Rider

The fabulous string quartet Brooklyn Rider performs “on the attraction for felicitous amplitude” as part of the Crowell Concert Series at Wesleyan! Giving a pre-concert lecture at 7:15 p.m., and the show starts at 8:00 p.m.

Gertrudes CD Release Party!

James Moore and Andie Springer’s fabulous new album Gertrudes has been released, featuring in absentia alongside amazing pieces by Robert Ashley, Lainie Fefferman, Larry Polansky, Ken Thomson and James Moore! The celebration is at 17 Frost Theater.

19 Nov 2015
Stony Brook Premieres @ Roulette Intermedium (NYC)

“of culpable trajectories and transformations,” for string octet, electric and bass guitars, two percussionists, and electronics and performed by the Contemporary Chamber Players at Stony Brook University, goes to Roulette for its NYC premiere. Show starts at 8:00 p.m.!

18 Nov 2015
Stony Brook Premieres!

A new piece, “of culpable trajectories and transformations,” written for the Contemporary Chamber Players at Stony Brook University will be premiered! Show starts at 8:00 p.m.

17 Nov 2015
on the imagined relation of night sounds (and silent darkness) @ Penn State

Andy Kozar continues his tour of new pieces for trumpet and electronics at Penn State. Show is at Esber Recital Hall at 8:00 p.m.

16 Nov 2015
on the imagined relation of night sounds (and silent darkness) @ Eastman

Andy Kozar performs on the imagined relation of night sounds (and silent darkness) at the Eastman School of Music as part of his series of commissioned new works for trumpet and electronics! Show starts at 7:00 p.m.!