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November news – Lebowskis 15th Birthday Party!

I am very excited to announce that I am co-producing Lebowskis 15th Birthday Party on December 8 at the Moreland City Band Hall, East Brunswick.

Lebowskis is a non-for profit collective of volunteering musicians in Brunswick that presents jazz and improvised music every Sunday afternoon. I have been volunteering here for about 2 years behind the scenes and I have been very much enjoying working alongside Ronny Ferella to produce this event.

To celebrate 15 years of Lebowskis, we are curating an 8 hour music marathon with performances by past Lebowskis directors, my band JOYING will play and something that will be special – we are getting a Wurundjeri Elder to do a Welcome to Country and profits from the bar will be donated to Warrior’s of the Aboriginal Resistance (W.A.R.)

Here is a video I made to promote the event. Tickets are on sale now through Eventbrite.

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/lebowskis-15th-birthday-party-tickets-79849864093

New Soft Power album “Bucolica”

Excited to announce that my band Soft Power will be releasing our 3rd full-length album “Bucolica” online on September 20, 2019.

To celebrate, we will be playing a special show at the Jazzlab in Melbourne on September 19th. Tix on sale now or available on the door on the night.

Here is a track “Sea Change” taken from the new album recorded live at Pughouse Studios. Audio by Niko Schauble and video by Mike James Productions.

New projects for 2019

Excited to announce some new musical projects to kick off the new year.

JOYING is a new jazz band by myself that is dedicated to playing original jazz that is hard swinging, energetic and positive. Formed after a Soft Power tour to Tasmania, this band is made up of old musical friends Tom Flenady (double bass) and Liam O’Leary (drums). Full band bio is available to read on the portfolio section of my website and don’t forget to check out my upcoming shows page to catch us live in action.

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Joying – Design by Matthew Roche

Also, after a surprise burst of gigs late last year including one at the Northcote Social Club, it has been a pleasure playing guitar in Hydra Fashion Week – a cyber punk jazz band led by Charlie Teitelbaum (Huntly) This promises to be one of my more interesting projects of the year as it is my first time ever contributing backing vocals to a band.

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Hydra Fashion Week – Photo by Giana Patel 2018

Also excited about my regular projects which so far involves: recording a Shayan album with an extended 7-piece band, more Biscotti gigs and of course some big things planned for Soft Power this year.

Hope to see you at a gig sometime!

Matthew

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Soft Power’s new album ‘Easy Listening’ out now on Newmarket Music!

Soft Power announces Melbourne / Sydney tour this July / August!

Soft Power Sydney Tour poster

Celebrating the launch of their second album ‘Easy Listening’, Soft Power will be playing 7 shows in Melbourne and Sydney this July / August.

Full dates below:

Fri 20/7. Wesley Anne – Melbourne, Northcote 6pm
Fri 3/8. Wesley Anne – Melbourne, Northcote 6pm
Fri 10/8. The Edinburgh Castle – Melbourne, Brunswick 6pm
Tues 14/8. The Toff in Town – Melbourne, CBD 10pm
Fri 17/8. Halfback Books & Records – Sydney, Dee Why 7pm
Sat 18/8. Golden Age Cinema & Bar – Sydney, Surrey Hills 10pm
Sunday 19/8. Gasoline Pony – Sydney, Marrickville 3pm

Shows with Gena Rose Bruce!

Pleased to be filling in with Gena Rose Bruce’s band for a few shows this July and August. Full dates available in my calendar.