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Mauricio Pauly

Mauricio Pauly is a composer, improviser and producer of hybrid (instrumental/electronic/amplified) music. As an active cross-disciplinary collaborator, his work includes numerous projects with writers, designers, programmers and theatre-makers.

His music has been featured by festivals that include Ultima Festival (Norway, 2011), Warsaw Autumn (Poland, 2013), Darmstadt InternationalSummer Courses (Germany, 2010/12/14/16), Le Bruit de la Musique (France, 2014), Images Sonores Festival (Belgium, 2015), Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik (Austria, 2016) and Open Ears Festival (Canada 2018).

Recent collaborations include live-performed music and sound design for Athina Rachel Tsangari’s production of Wedekind’s LULU in a sold-out 10-show run at the 2017 Salzburg Festival. FREAM AD WALL, written in collaboration with programmer and 3D animator, Gabriel Montagné, was performed by Line Upon Line Percussion as a 3-show premiere in Austin, TX and toured Europe and the UK in Fall 2019. His latest work, The Difference is the Buildings Between Us #3, was premiered in 2020 by No Hay Banda in Montreal. This year (2021) he’s working in a new piece for Vancouver-based Turning Point Ensemble and collaborating in large-scale stage work with Theatre Replacement. Pauly spent the summer of 2018 as an awarded Artist Fellow at Civitella Ranieri (Umbria, Italy). In 2017 he was Composer-in-Residence at Villa Romana (Florence, Italy) undertaking a two-part creation and performance residency. During 2014-2015 he relocated to Cambridge, MA (US) thanks to a year-long fellowship at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

Pauly is a founding member of UK-based ensemble, Distractfold and was the group’s artistic co-director until 2021.

Pauly is an Assistant Professor at SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts in Vancouver, Canada. Previously, he taught at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK (2007-2020) and at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, UK (2011-2019). He has given workshops and masterclasses at McGill University, New York University, Brussels Royal Conservatory, Bath Spa University and Huddersfield University among others.

Mauricio was born and raised in San José, Costa Rica. Since 2017, his home and studio are in Vancouver, Canada.


This page was last updated in June 2023.