Mauricio Pauly


photograph by Dimitri Djuric

Mauricio Pauly writes music for mixed ensembles, working with expressive amplification and electronics as an integrated element of performance. This work has its roots in close collaborative relationships with performers — a constantly evolving practice aimed at a fluid relationship to live-mixing, processing, and performing with electronic sound, expressively intertwined with the sound and physicality of their own instrument. Mauricio was born in Costa Rica and has lived in the UK for over 10 years.


Recordings of his music have been released by JACK Quartet, Fonema Consort, Karin Hellqvist and Mabel Kwan. His music has been commissioned by and/or performed at various festivals including Ultima Festival Oslo 2011, ISCM New Music Days 2011, MATA Festival NYC 2011, Warsaw Autumn 2013, Darmstadt International Summer Courses 2010, 12, 14 & 16 (Staubach Commission 2010) and Images Sonores Festival 2015 (Liege); and by ensembles including scapegoat, Vertixe Sonora, Pamplemousse, Phace, Vortex, and ICE. In 2014-15 he was a Fellow at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. In 2016 he was the first Composer-in-Residence at Villa Romana, in Florence and in 2018 he will be in residence at Civitella Ranieri, in Umbria. He is a lecturer at the Royal Northern College of Music and at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. Mauricio is a founder and artistic co-director of Distractfold.

Charred Edifice Shining, for amplified string trio 2016


Find the palpable muscle and design from its twitch onward. Edit according to the demands of the shots’ inherent time pressure. If in Manchester circa 2016, distribute time pressure accordingly (via instrumental performance, expressive signal processing, looping and live track mixing).