surface/re-surface is the sonic collaboration between composer Paula Matthusen and sound artist and filmmaker Abinadi Meza. The duo began at the American Academy in Rome, and was initiated through a project curated by Hou Hanru, the artistic director of MAXXI (National Museum of Art in the 21st Century) who invited the Matthusen and Meza to perform for their sound art exhibition “Open City Open Museum.” Since this debut in 2014, surface/re-surface has continued to perform and create new works using field recordings and slowly evolving textures that play with facets of the performance space. In the second set, the Miami-based up-and-coming composer, performer and sonic artist Alex Lough joins the music-making.
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 Electric Guitar Quartet, Mantra Percussion, the Bang On A Can All-Stars, Brooklyn Rider, the Estonian National Ballet, orchest de ereprijs, the Glass Farm Ensemble, the Scharoun Ensemble, James Moore, Wil Smith, Terri Hron, Kathryn Woodard, Todd Reynolds, Kathleen Supové, Margaret Lancaster, Nina de Heney, Dana Jessen and Jody Redhage. Awards include the Walter Hinrichsen Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Fulbright Grant, two ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers’ Awards, the MacCracken and Langley Ryan Fellowship, and the 2014 - 2015 Elliott Carter Rome Prize. Matthusen is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Wesleyan University.
Abinadi Meza is an artist who produces small and large-scale installations, public artworks, live performances and films. Trained in creative writing, art and architecture, his work crosses disciplinary boundaries and scales. He is an Associate Professor in Interdisciplinary Practices and Emerging Forms at t!he University of Houston. Meza was the 2014 the Gilmore D. Clarke/Michael Rapuano Rome Prize Fellow in Visual Art at the American Academy in Rome, Italy. His work has also been supported by awards from the Jerome Foundation (St. Paul/NY), Tanne Foundation (Boston), and the National Association of Latino Arts and C!ulture (San Antonio). Meza’s films have been screened at Anthology Film Archives (New York), Aurora Picture Show (Houston), New Zealand National Film Archives (Wellington), Museum of Contemporary Art (Santa Barbara), Atlanta Film Festival, Salt Lake City Film Festival, and the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (Liverpool), among other places. His audio work has been broadcast on NPR’s All Things Considered, Resonance FM (London); Radius FM (Chicago), Radio Kinesonus (Tokyo), and WQXR (New York). He has performed live at numerous festivals and venues, including Museo MAXXI (Rome); Sonorities Festival (Belfast), Hipersonica Festival (São Paulo); ANTI Festival (Finland) and the Lisbon Architecture Triennale.
Alex Lough is a composer, performer, and sound artist currently based in Miami. His work focuses on implementing technology in order to discover new performance contexts with particular attention given to the body and the physicality of sound. He explores the use of feedback and resonance to sonically activate materials and instruments. Alex earned his B.A. in music from Wesleyan University and is a master’s student at Florida International University. His mentors include Paula Matthusen Neely Bruce Jacob Sudol, and Juraj Kojs.
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With the support of Knight Foundation, Harold Golen Gallery and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.