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

14 Nov 2015
Andy Kozar + SUNY Fredonia (Fredonia, NY)

Andy Kozar performs on the imagined relation of night sounds (and silent darkness) alongside pieces by Jeff Gavett, Scott Worthington, Elizabeth Hoffman, Tyler Harrison, and himself. Show starts at 6:00 p.m.!

7 Nov 2015
Third Practice

Dana Jessen performs “of an implacable subtraction” at the Third Practice Electroacoustic Festival! Show starts at 7:30 p.m.

6 Nov 2015
UW-Madison (Nov 5 – 6)

“of whole movements and migrations” and “songs of fuel and insomnia” will be performed as a series of celebratory concerts at UW-Madison.

5 Nov 2015
Music Synergies Series @ University of Virginia

Dana Jessen performs “of an implacable subtraction” at UVA as part of the Music Synergies Series at Old Cabell Hall. Show starts at 8:00 p.m.

29 Oct 2015
SPAN 2015

Very excited to be performing a set of live electronics for Google’s conference SPAN 2015 in NYC: Conversations About Technology and Design. The set will be tailor made for the High Line Stages and involve field recordings specific to park.

27 Oct 2015
Experimental Music Yearbook @ IPR

Performing alongside Terri Hron at Issue Project Room as part of the written and performance series for Experimental Music Yearbook. Show starts at 8:00 p.m.!

Guest lecture at Brooklyn College

Presenting recent work for the composers’ seminar at Brooklyn College!

23 Oct 2015
60×60 Dance at Winter Garden

A special version of 60×60 will be presented with dance at the Winter Garden, and “anthracite” will be included as part of the mix! Shows are at 12:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

21 Oct 2015
Guest Lecture at the Hartt School of Music

Presenting an invited guest lecture at a composers’ seminar at the Hartt School!

20 Oct 2015
SONiC Festival

Performing alongside Dana Jessen with choreography by Biba Bell for SONiC AfterHours as part of the SONiC Festival coordinated by the American Composers’ Orchestra. Show begins at 10:00 p.m. at Roulette!

16 Oct 2015
Wild Rumpus

The Wild Rumpus New Music Collective performs “ontology of an echo” at the Berkeley Arts Festival (CA). The show starts at 8:00 p.m.!

15 Oct 2015
Dither on WNYC New Sounds Live

Dither Electric Guitar Quartet will be performing “but because without this” on WNYC’s New Sounds Live at Brookfield Place. Show starts at 8:00 p.m.!

11 Oct 2015
Firehouse Space w/ Terri Hron!

Performing live-electronics alongside Terri Hron at the Firehouse Space in Brooklyn! More details to follow.

27 Sep 2015
International Computer Music Conference

Presenting a studio report on the Wesleyan University Electronic Music Studio (WUEMS) at the 2015 ICMC at UNT, co-written with Ron Kuivila.

24 Sep 2015
Circuit Bridges

Performing a set of live-electronics at MC Gallery for Circuit Bridges! Show starts at 7:30 p.m.