“Always unpredictable guitar melodies” – HAPPY MAG 2018

Photo by Rhea Caldwell 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. 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 post-rock jazz band Soft Power which so far have recorded two albums and recently completed a 7 date east-coast tour touring their new album ‘Easy Listening’. He also plays regularly with Italo-disco pop artist Biscotti who he joined on tour last year in support of her critically acclaimed album ‘Like Heaven In The Movies’, 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 music scene.

Selected discography