Matthew Roche is a guitarist, composer and music teacher.

“Always unpredictable guitar melodies” – HAPPY MAG 2018


Since tumbling over the keys of his grandmother’s piano at the precarious age of 5, Matthew has spent his life immersed in music.

Drawn to guitar at age 15, he completed a Bachelor of Music at NMIT Fairfield in 2013, studying with Stephen Magnusson, Tom Fryer and Doug De Vries. The same year he was accepted into the Melbourne Youth Jazz Orchestra and joined them for a month long residency at The Famous Speigeltent which featured special guests including Julie O’Hara. In 2014 he did Honours at Monash University’s Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music where he graduated with First Class Honours continuing his studies with Stephen Magnusson and writing his thesis on 12 tone composer Alban Berg. With Monash University the same year, he played at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival with Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland, The Stonnington Jazz Festival with Vince Jones and travelled to New York to attend the NYU Summer Jazz Improv Workshop and study with Lage Lund. In 2016 he was successful in being selected to be a part of the Australian Art Orchestra’s Creative Music Intensive where he studied with Bae Il Dong and Sunny Kim from South Korea, David and Daniel Wilfred from Arnhem Land as well as musicians from Australia such as Peter Knight, Chris Hale & Simon Barker.

Now a full-time performer, composer and educator – his career has seen him share the stage with a range of international and national superstars like Vince Jones, Reuben Rogers & Eric Harland, Julie O’Hara, and Scott Tinkler. From playing on illustrious stages such as the Provincetown Playhouse in New York City to local venues such as the Melbourne Recital Centre, Stonnington Town Hall, The Wesley Anne, The Gasometer, The Grace Darling, The Curtin, Northcote Social Club, The Workers Club, Howler as well as Jazz venues such as Uptown Jazz Café, Paris Cat Jazz Club, Bennetts Lane, Bar 303, Lebowskis, Open Studio. Over the years he has has also performed at Paradise Music Festival, Adelaide Festival, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Stonnington Jazz Festival and Brunswick Music Festival.

In 2016 Matthew formed the Melbourne post-rock jazz band Soft Power. A critically acclaimed instrumental group, Soft Power have recorded and released two albums A Breath is like a Swinging Door (Independent 2017) and Easy Listening (Newmarket Music 2018) all featuring Matthew’s original compositions. In July – August 2018, Soft Power completed a 7 date east-coast tour in support of their new album Easy Listening with performance highlights including an album launch at the Golden Age Cinema & Bar in Sydney. Recently in October 2018 they toured Hobart with a headline performance at MONA – Museum of Old and New Art.

Matthew also plays regularly in Hydra Fashion Week, Shayan, Lilly Tunley and has played in Biscotti. Recently Matthew has been writing music for a new project JOYING – his take on the classic jazz guitar trio.

Selected discography