Arising from Melbourne’s sunny and leafy North-east, Matthew Roche is a guitarist/composer who is equally comfortable traversing the musical traditions of yesteryear while searching for new musical worlds that strike a balance between complexity and simplicity..
Drawn to guitar at age 15, he completed a Bachelor of Music at NMIT Fairfield in 2013, studying under the mentorship of 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. In 2014 he did Honours at Monash University’s Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music where he graduated with First Class Honours. With Monash University the same year, he played at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, the Stonnington Jazz Festival and travelled to New York to attend the NYU Summer Jazz Improv Workshop.
Now a full-time musician, composer and teacher, Matthew has performed with Reuben Rogers & Eric Harland, Vince Jones, Julie O’Hara, The Moreland City Band’s Phoenix Project (directed by Scott Tinkler) and was accepted into the 2016 Australian Art Orchestra Creative Music Intensive with masterclasses led by Bae Il Dong and Daniel & David Wilfred from Arnhem Land.
Besides being in demand as a freelance jazz guitarist, Matthew currently leads his own musical project Soft Power and recorded his debut album ‘A Breath Is Like a Swinging Door’ at Pughouse Studios with engineer Niko Schauble. In 2016 he performed with Italo-pop/rock band Biscotti at Paradise Music Festival and consequently joined them recently on their two-month long tour of Australia in support of their critically acclaimed debut album – ‘Like Heaven In The Movies’.