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 Jun 2015
- American Academy in Rome
A series of recent works by myself and Andy Akiho will be performed at the Villa Aurelia at the American Academy in Rome.
- 29 May 2015
- Glass Farm Ensemble at Symphony Space
The Glass Farm Ensemble performs in absentia at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway)! Show starts at 7:30 p.m.
- 4 May 2015
- Alessandra Novaga at the Angelica Festival
The amazing Alessandra Novaga performs “collaborating objects” at the Angelica International Festival of Music (Bologna, Italy). Included in the line up are a number of pieces from her recent album LA CHAMBRE DES JEUX SONORES, including Travis Just, Sandro Mussida, and Francesco Gagliardi. Show starts at 9:30 p.m.!
- 22 Apr 2015
- Shoptalk at the American Academy in Rome
Presenting recent work, as well as a discussion of showing and hiding / showing and vanishing, a recently completed work on the eleven ancient aqueducts of Rome written for Mantra Percussion, Dither Electric Guitar Quartet, Philip White, reel-to-reel performers, and fixed media. Lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. at the American Academy in Rome.
- 21 Apr 2015
- Lecture at the American Academy in Berlin
Discussing recent works at the American Academy in Berlin.
- 20 Apr 2015
- Scharoun Ensemble at the Watergate Club
The fabulous Scharoun Ensemble will perform a series of works for instruments and electronics along with recent works by Andy Akiho at the Watergate Club in Berlin! Show starts at 8:00 p.m.
- 9 Apr 2015
- New Music Miami
“in absentia” featured as part of the 2015 New Music Miami ISCM Festival. This concert features the NODUS Ensemble and the Amernet String Quartet performing a series of new chamber works. Show begins at 7:30 p.m.
- 25 Mar 2015
- Jessen, Splendor & Shackle
Dana Jessen performs “of an implaccable subtraction,” as well as pieces by Sam Pluta and Peter V. Swendsen. The evening includes improvisations with Shackle. Show will be performed at Splendor (Amsterdam)!
- 23 Mar 2015
- “of an implaccable subtraction” + Rustik Haus
Virtuoso bassoonist Dana Jessen performs “of an implaccable subtraction” at Casa Rustica (as part of Rustik Haus Musik) at the American Academy in Rome as part of a series of new works she has commissioned, including pieces by Sam Pluta and Peter V. Swendsen.
- 14 Mar 2015
- surface/resurface at O’
- 11 Mar 2015
“Nocturne R6105″ co-created with Abinadi Meza premieres at Earfest at Stony Brook! Included in the fabulous line up are Eleonore Oppenheim, Florent Ghys, Lainie Fefferman, Jascha Narveson, Mats Lindström, and Vinny Metas. Show starts at 8:00 p.m. in the Staller Center Recital Hall.
- 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.