Composer and FIU Director of Music Technology
Shifting Embodiments of Sound"
Thursday, March 25, 2010 3:30 - 4:45 PM
Deuxieme Maison Room 100 Modesto A. Maidique Campus
Paula Matthusen is a composer of both acoustic and experimental electroacoustic music. In addition to writing for a variety of different ensembles, she also collaborates with choreographers and theater companies and realizes sound installations. 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." Last August, Matthusen premiered her compositional piece called "Recessional March" as part of the inauguration ceremony for FIU President Mark Rosenberg. Matthusen's work often considers discrepancies in musical space--real, imagined, and remembered. Her compositions have been performed at numerous venues and festivals in America and Europe. Her awards include a Fulbright Grant, ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers' Award, First Prize in the Young Composers' Meeting Composition Competition, and the MacCracken and Langley Ryan Fellowship.