Costa Rican-born composer Mauricio Pauly writes music for mixed ensembles, with amplification and electronics as expressively integrated elements of live performance. Rooted in close collaborative relationships with performers, his work embodies a fluid relationship to live mixing and performing with electronic sound, intertwined with the sound and physicality of voices and acoustic instruments.
Recordings of his music have been released by JACK Quartet (New Focus), Fonema Consort (New Focus), Karin Hellqvist (ForTune) and Mabel Kwan (MilkFactory). His music has been commissioned by and/or performed at various festivals including Warsaw Autumn, Ultima Festival Oslo, Klang - Copenhagen Avantgarde Music Festival, Luxembourg Philharmonie Rainy Days Festival, ISCM New Music Days Zagreb, MATA Festival NYC, Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt (Staubach Commission), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Images Sonores Festival Liege, Internationale Gesellschaft für neue Musik Basel and Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik.
In 2014-15, Mauricio was awarded a year-long residential fellowship at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. In 2016 he was the first Composer in Residence at Villa Romana, in Florence, Italy where he presented La Caza la Pesca el Pillaje el Pastoreo, a one-hour site-specific multimedia work. In 2017 he composed music for Athina Rachel Tsangari’s 2-hour theatrical production of Frank Wedekind’s Lulu at the Salzburg Festival. In 2018 he will be a resident fellow at Civitella Ranieri, in Umbria, Italy.
Mauricio is a senior lecturer at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. He resides both in the UK and in Vancouver, Canada.