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

30 Mar 2019
H0L0

Excited to perform live electronics with trombonist Will Lang at petra’s album release party in support of their new album filament!

29 Mar 2019
Symphony Space

Delighted to collaborate with Juraj Kojs on a performance of Augenweide at Symphony Space!

20 Mar 2019
Tigue in Columbus

Tigue will be performing Gravity Falls as a part of their new album This New Forest in Columbus, OH at the Short North Stage.

19 Mar 2019
Splinter Reeds at Cornish College for the Arts

Splinter Reeds will perform Antenna Studies at the Cornish College for the Arts.

16 Mar 2019
Antenna Studies at Vancouver New Music

Splinter Reeds will perform Antenna Studies at Vancouver New Music.

9 Mar 2019
Mysteries, Yes at FETA Festival

Spacepants will perform Mysteries, Yes at FETA Festival in Miami.

7 Mar 2019
AEG/III at SUNY Buffalo

Keith Kirchoff will perform AEG/III at SUNY Buffalo.

26 Feb 2019
Carnegie Hill Concerts Chamber Players

Carnegie Hill Concerts Chamber Players will perform between moonlight and the smell of dust; violin trio in New York City.

16 Feb 2019
Old fires catch old buildings at Brandeis University

Loadbang Ensemble will perform old fires catch old buildings at Brandeis University.

1 Feb 2019
Mysteries, Yes at the Oh My Ears Festival

Spacepants will perform Mysteries, Yes at TransAM Phoenix as part of the Oh My Ears Festival.

15 Jan 2019
New Music Miami ISCM Festival

Protected by a world of dry leaves and furtive paths will be performed at the New Music Miami ISCM Festival.

6 Dec 2018
SUNY Stonybrook Contemporary Chamber Players

The SUNY Stonybrook Contemporary Chamber Players will perform on the attraction for felicitous amplitude.

1 Dec 2018
Remains Lighting Factory

Delighted to perform between systems and grounds with Olivia Valentine again at Remains Lighting Factory in Brooklyn, NY.

14 Nov 2018
Loadbang Ensemble at the Church of the Intercession

Loadbang Ensemble will perform old fires catch old buildings at the Church of the Intercession in New York City.

6 Nov 2018
Loadbang Ensemble at the University of the Arts in Pennsylvania

Loadbang Ensemble will perform old fires catch old buildings at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.