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

4 Feb 2018
between systems and grounds

between systems and grounds, a collaborative project with Olivia Valentine, comes to Wesleyan with performances by David Scanlon & Emma Banay, Alex Waterman, and Leslie Allison.

3 Feb 2018
between systems and grounds

between systems and grounds, a collaborative project with Olivia Valentine, comes to Wesleyan with performances by David Scanlon & Emma Banay, Alex Waterman, and Leslie Allison.

13 Dec 2017
Duo w/ Seth Cluett

Performing with Seth Cluett at Experimental Intermedia! We will perform with transduced tubes, 3D printed shapes, amplified objects,  many cassette recorders, and feedback. Show starts at 9pm.

11 Nov 2017
between systems and grounds @ ACRE

between systems and grounds featured as part of ACRE Exhibitions! Live-performance with Olivia Valentine of the installation runs from 5pm – 7pm.

6 Nov 2017
Loadbang UK Tour

Loadbang performs old fires catch old buildings at Centrala in Birmingham (UK).

the old language is the old language

Duo Bonnie Whiting and Jennifer Torrence perform The old language is the old language, with its lance and greaves, broken shields and hammered vowels at Beloit College! Show starts at 5:00 p.m.

4 Nov 2017
Loadbang at University of Leeds

Loadbang Ensemble performs old fires catch old buildings at the University of Leeds!

3 Nov 2017
between systems and grounds at ACRE Exhibitions

The collaborative sound and textile installation with Olivia Valentine, between systems and grounds, opens at ACRE Projects. Opening runs from 6 – 9pm.

2 Nov 2017
old fires at Huddersfield

Loadbang conducts a UK tour, including old fires catch old buildings as part of the fabulous line up! Performance at the University of Huddersfield (UK).

28 Oct 2017
12 Nights

Performing a set of live-electronic at 12 Nights in Miami. More details to come…

19 Oct 2017
Brooklyn Rider CD Release Party

Brooklyn Rider celebrates the release of their fabulous new CD Spontaneous Symbols at Roulette! The CD includes pieces by Tyondai Braxton, Evan Ziporyn, Colin Jacobsen, Kyle Sanna, as well as on the attraction for felicitous amplitude.

3 Oct 2017
Colloquium at U Penn

Presenting Walks with Electronics at the Music Department’s colloquium series at the University of Pennsylvania! Presentation begins at 5:45 p.m.

27 Sep 2017
Premiere for Singing/Speaking Percussionists

Bonnie Whiting and Jennifer Torrence premiere a new piece for cymbals, voices, and live-electronics at Meany Studio Theater at the University of Washington in Seattle! Show starts at 7:30 p.m.!

23 Sep 2017
Sound walk @ Resonant Spaces

Leading a sound walk as part of the series of beautiful sound installations at Dartmouth College for Resonant Spaces!

8 Sep 2017
Bach to School

Ron Ebrecht performs of architecture and accumulation for organ and wine-glasses as part of his annual concert “Bach to School” at Wesleyan University, Memorial Chapel. Show starts at 8:00 p.m.!