Photo by Rhea Caldwell 2019

Matthew Roche is a Melbourne-based guitarist, composer and music teacher.

In 2016 he formed the jazz/post-rock band Soft Power which so far have released 3 albums of his original compositions and have toured Australia twice. Their second album “Easy Listening” was distributed via Melbourne record label Newmarket Music. He also leads and composes all of the music for his bebop jazz band JOYING which he started in 2018. His long-term projects include middle-eastern jazz band Shayan, jazz/pop band Lilly Tunley Sextet, punk jazz band Hydra Fashion Week and he has played with singer-songwriter Gena Rose Bruce and toured Australia with experimental pop artist Biscotti.

Over the years he has shared the stage with Vince Jones, Reuben Rogers & Eric Harland, Julie O’Hara and has performed at Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Stonnington Jazz Festival, Paradise Music Festival, Adelaide Festival, MONA – Museum of Old and New Art, Golden Age Cinema & Bar, The Jazzlab, Uptown Jazz Cafe and countless music venues around Australia.

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“Always unpredictable guitar melodies” – HAPPY MAG 2018