ALBUM LAUNCH POSTER

Panel 1

About

Wesley anne lilly tunley

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. 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 jazz/progressive rock band Soft Power which so far have recorded two albums and regularly perform throughout Melbourne. Recently he has been playing with Italo-disco pop band Biscotti, Shayan who play a hybrid of contemporary jazz and middle eastern music, dark folk singer-songwriter Birahny Lawrence as well as making regular appearances freelancing in the Melbourne jazz scene.

Selected discography

Lilly Tunley – Help Me (Independent 2016)
Lilly Tunley – Noticing You (Independent 2016)
Soft Power – A Breath Is Like a Swinging Door (Independent 2017)
Shayan – Shayan EP (Independent 2017)
Soft Power – Easy Listening (Newmarket Music 2018)
Birahny Lawrence – Birahny Lawrence (Independent 2018)

 

 

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Upcoming shows

 

Thursday, 19th April
Soft Power ‘Easy Listening’ Album Launch @ The Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford
8:00pm
http://www.theyarrahotel.com.au/

Saturday, 21st April
Shayan @ Uptown Jazz Cafe
6:00pm
http://www.uptownjazzcafe.com/

Saturday, 28th April
Soft Power @ CERES Market, Brunswick
10:30am
http://ceres.org.au/

Saturday, 5th May
Shayan @ Open Studio, Northcote
5pm
http://openstudio.net.au/

PAST SHOWS

Saturday, 17th March
Shayan @ Farouk’s Olive, Thornbury
8:00pm
https://www.farouksolive.com/

Tuesday, 6th March
Soft Power @ Brunswick Green, Brunswick
8:30pm
http://www.thebrunswickgreen.com/

Friday, 2nd March
Lilly Tunley @ Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne CBD
8:30pm
http://pariscat.com.au/

Thursday, 1st March
Shayan @ Bar Oussou, Brunswick
9:00pm
http://www.baroussou.com.au/

Wednesday 21st February
Shayan @ The Brunswick Green, Brunswick
9:30pm
http://www.thebrunswickgreen.com/

Saturday, 10th February
Shayan @ Open Studio, Northcote
5:30pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/501835113549653/
http://openstudio.net.au/

Sunday, 4th February
Soft Power Single Launch @ Lebowskis, Brunswick East
5pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/137656020250123/
http://www.lebowskismusic.com/

Sunday, 17th December
Biscotti @ Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood
4pm

Friday, 15th December
Soft Power @ Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy
6pm-8pm

Friday, 3rd November
Birahny Lawrence @ 2017 Beltane Festival, Wolfgang’s Palace
4pm

Monday, 30th October
Soft Power @ Bar 303, Northcote
8pm

Thursday, 26th October
Shayan @ Bar Oussou, Brunswick
9pm

Thursday, 19th October
Soft Power @ Uptown Jazz Cafe
8pm

Saturday, 14th October
Soft Power @ Ceres Market, Brunswick
10:30am

Monday, 9th October
Soft Power @ Bar 303, Northcote
8pm

Sunday, 8th October
Shayan @ Bar 303, Northcote
8pm

Sunday, 1st October
Soft Power @ The Rochester Hotel, Fitzroy
5pm

Thursday, 14th September
Shayan @ Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy
8pm

Friday, 1st September
Lilly Tunley @ Paris Cat Jazz Club
8pm

Friday, 25th August
Shayan @ Farouk’s Olive, Thornbury
9pm

Monday, 14th August
Shayan @ Open Studio, Northcote
8pm

Saturday, 12th August
The Decibelles @ Meat Market, North Melbourne
3pm and 7:30pm

Thursday, 20th July
Lilly Tunley Band @ Wesley Anne
8pm

Thursday, 20th July
Soft Power @ Wesley Anne
6pm

Saturday, 15th July
Soft Power @ Farouk’s Olive
5pm

Monday, 12th June
Soft Power @ Bar 303
8pm

Saturday, 3rd June
Soft Power @ Compass Pizza
8pm

Saturday, 27th May
Lilly Tunley @ Paris Cat Jazz Club
8:30pm

Saturday, 20th May
Soft Power @ Open Studio
2pm

Thursday, 4th May
Shayan @ Bar Oussou
8pm

Friday, 28th April
Biscotti @ The Curtin Hotel
9pm

Thursday, 27th April
Shayan @ Uptown Jazz Cafe
8pm

Monday, 24th April
Shayan @ Open Studio
8pm

Saturday, 15th May
JC Little Big Band @ Paris Cat Jazz Club
7pm

Thursday, 30th March
Soft Power @ Uptown Jazz Cafe (presented by MIC)
8:30pm

Sunday, 19th March
Soft Power @ Lebowskis, Cross St Brunswick
5:00pm

Friday, 17th March
Lilly Tunley Sextet @ Paris Cat Jazz Club, CBD
8:00pm

Thursday, 2nd March
Shayan @ Farouk’s Olive, Thornbury
8:00pm

Tuesday, 21st February
Soft Power @ The Toff In Town, CBD
8:00pm

Sunday, 19th February
Shayan @ Lebowskis, Cross St Brunswick
6:00pm

Monday, 6th February
Shayan @ Open Studio, Northcote
8:00pm

Friday, 3rd February
Soft Power ‘A Breath Is Like a Swinging Door’ Album Launch @ Wesley Anne, Northcote
8:00pm

Thursday, 2nd February
Lilly Tunley @ The Toff In Town, CBD
8:00pm

 

Panel 4

Teaching

WANT TO LEARN GUITAR FROM MATTHEW?

Matthew is currently teaching from his studio located in Alphington. As a passionate teacher Matthew believes strongly in the power of music to enhance students well-being and mental health. He is commited to delivering accessible, practical and engaging guitar lessons to students of all ages and experience.

His teaching philosophy is based on the understanding that music is not just an otherworldly talent that ‘you either have or you don’t’ but something that can be crafted from the ground up.

Matthew is dedicated to giving his students not just a strong understanding of music fundamentals such as chord/scale theory relationships, rhythm/time feel, sound production but also how playing music can greatly relieve tension/anxiety and enhance your own self-awareness.

Due to the physical nature of guitar, Matthew doesn’t have a strict ‘by rote’ approach to navigating the guitar fretboard and is instead more interested in getting students beyond the point of imitating others – the goal is to get them to sound more like themselves.

See the contact page below to book your first lesson today!

WANT SOME MUSIC TRANSCRIBED OR ARRANGED FOR YOU BY MATTHEW?

Matthew is currently available to write note for note transcriptions of any recorded musical performance. Transcriptions are done on a ‘case by case’ basis and quotes are given according to the time needed to complete the transcription, dependent on the harmonic and rhythmic complexity of the musical performance, the instrumentation, whether a simple lead sheet is required or a more sophisticated format is needed such as a big band score etc.

Lead sheet example
What A Little Moonlight Can Do – Dianne Reeves arrangement

Matthew is also available to arrange music for small or larger ensembles.