Matt Boden, pianist, composer, arranger, orchestrator and producer, is originally from Hobart, Australia. Prior to his current appointments at the University of Tasmania, Matt was living and working around Europe, based in Paris, France. After completing a Masters in Music Performance in 2003, Matt moved to Melbourne, then Berlin and finally settled in Paris, rapidly establishing himself as a much sought after pianist and educator, forging relationships that continue to this day.
Matt is currently undertaking a PhD in musicology at the Conservatorium. In addition, he is lecturing and tutoring in classical and contemporary streams in units covering jazz theory and aural skills, classical theory and aural skills, jazz history, and ensembles. Matt is also Assistant Musical Director of The Southern Gospel Choir, the Conservatorium's flagship ensemble.
Matt has been the recipient of numerous awards, grants and prizes from various festivals and industry bodies. In 2011, he won the Australian Jazz Bell award for Best Traditional Jazz Album, with Leigh Barker and The New Sheiks. In 2008, Matt placed 3rd in the inaugural Boris Vian Concours du Jazz in Paris with his trio. He was a finalist in the 2013 Wangaratta Jazz Festival National Jazz Awards.
Matt continues to perform at major festivals throughout Australia and internationally on a regular basis. These festival appearances include The Melbourne International Jazz Festival, The Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues, The Stonnington Jazz Festival, The Paris Jazz Festival, The Jazz Pas Grave Festival (Paris), and The Ascona Jazz Festival (Switzerland). Matt has performed in leading venues worldwide including Sunset/Sunside (Paris), A-Trane (Berlin), Caveau de la Huchette (Paris), CJW (Shanghai), The Paris Cat, Bennetts Lane, and The BMW Edge (Melbourne).
Matt performs regularly around Australia with leading groups Leigh Barker and The New Sheiks, Panorama do Brasil and Kingston/Boden/Haywood/Jackson. Matt is continually interested in the development of the musical community in Australia, and is co-curator of the Hobart jazz club '60 Jazz Club' which presents local, national and internationally renowned artists.
Aside from his work as a pianist, Matt is also involved in the arranging, orchestrating and producing business. His work includes: creating classical orchestrations for film, TV and the stage; arranging for and directing big bands; conducting, and score preparation. He won the Original Music Composition category in the 2014 Tasmanian Advertising and Design Awards.
PhD topic: Ian Pearce: Development, Contributions and Significance to Australian Jazz
Matt is interested in the notions of the importation of musical culture, and its sociological and cultural implications. The construction of a local canon, issues of appropriation from incomplete data, prevailing attitudes towards popular culture, notions of 'island-ness', (de-) contextualisation
and modernity are all of interest. Aside from his PhD, Matt is interested in research topics pertaining to the performance of original music with Kingston/Boden/Haywood/Jackson, including relationships between performers, notions of musical texture and performance-as-composition.
Supervisors: Dr Anne-Marie Forbes and Assoc. Prof. Andrew Legg
Fields of Research
- Music Composition (190406)
- Musicology and Ethnomusicology (190409)
- Music Performance (190407)
- Visual Cultures (190104)
- Music (950101)
- The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) (950104)
Journal Article(1 outputs)
|2016||Boden MJ, 'Tom Pickering: Jazz on the periphery of the periphery', Jazz Research Journal, 10, (1-2) pp. 109-125. ISSN 1753-8637 (2016) [Refereed Article]|
Conference Publication(2 outputs)
|2017||Legg A, Dentley K, Boden M, 'Let Freedom Ring', Boite Singers' Festival 2017 - Program, 13-15 January 2017, Abbotsford, Victoria, Australia (2017) [Keynote Presentation]|
Co-authors: Legg A
|2013||Boden M, 'The Globalisation of Jazz: An Australian Perspective', Global Circulations of Jazz, 27th-28th July 2013, Paris, pp. 1-25. (2013) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]|
Major Creative Work(14 outputs)
|2016||Boden M, 'The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume 1', Storm Vision Entertainment PTY LTD (2016) [Recorded Creative Work]|
|2015||Boden M, 'Terminus (feature film)', Storm Vision Entertainment PTY LTD (2015) [Recorded Creative Work]|
|2015||Boden M, 'Infini (feature film)', Storm Vision Entertainment PTY LTD (2015) [Recorded Creative Work]|
|2014||Boden M, 'Improvising soloist and composer 'Matt Boden trio' tour', Jazzgroove Association, Melbourne, 1 (2014) [Performance]|
|2014||Kingston D, Boden M, Haywood N, Jackson A, 'Colossus', Independent, Bandcanp, CD Baby, iTunes, Stores, 2014 (2014) [Recorded Creative Work]|
Co-authors: Kingston D; Haywood N
|2013||Boden M, 'Music for Television advertisement', Hill St Grocer, Hobart, Australia, 1 (2013) [Published Creative Work]|
|2013||Boden M, ''Improvising soloist Leigh Baker and the New Sheiks', White Night Festival, Melbourne, 1 (2013) [Performance]|
|2013||Boden M, 'Sixty Jazz Club', Drink Tasmania and Matt Boden Music, Founders Room, Salamanca Arts Centre (2013) [Curated Exhibition]|
|2013||Boden M, 'Improvising soloist with Maria Lurighi on 17th and 20th Century works', Hobart Baroque Festival, Detached, Hobart, 1 (2013) [Performance]|
|2013||Boden M, 'Improvising Soloist with the Melbourne Rhythm project', Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Melbourne Town Hall, 1 (2013) [Performance]|
|2013||Boden M, 'Improvising Soloist with the house band for late night jam sessions', The Ascona Jazz Festival, Ascona, Switzerland, 1 (2013) [Performance]|
|2013||Boden M, 'Improvising Soloist with Leigh Barker and the New Sheiks', Caveau de la Huchette, Paris, 1 (2013) [Performance]|
|2013||Boden M, 'Imporvising Soloist with Leigh Barker and the New Sheiks', Caveau de la Huchette, Paris, 1 (2013) [Repeat Performance]|
|2013||Boden M, ''Improvising Sololist' with Heather Stewart', Brunswick Music Festival, Melbourne, 1 (2013) [Performance]|