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Alumni Profile – Matt Boden

Matt Boden

Matt Boden is a jazz pianist, composer and band leader. Classically trained, Matt moved progressively into jazz at the age of 16.

From 18 onwards he has been an active professional, performing at home and abroad with many high calibre artists including Eddie 'Boogieman' Kirkland (the John Lee Hooker band), Michael Spiby (The Badloves), Gotye, Boomla, the ARIA-nominated Southern Gospel Choir, Maria Lurighi, The Leigh Barker Quintet, The Sheiks, Eamon McNelis (2010 winner, Wangaratta Jazz Competition), Simon Ditcham, Atalana Heale, Zak and The Greater Good and Jerome Etcheberry among others. Matt has also worked as an arranger and musical director for many projects ranging from big bang jazz to indie rock with strings.

"I attended the Tasmanian Conservatorium between 1999 and 2003, gaining a Bachelor's and a Masters degree in Music," Matt said.

"We were lucky to have a very solid grounding in western tonal harmony and the history of classical music, which I regard as essential for all musicians regardless of genre.

"The freedom afforded us in the contemporary stream was great – my peers and I had the opportunity to explore all sorts of areas and work them into our studies. During my Masters degree I was fortunate to be able to engage in several modernistic streams, from Coltrane to Kagel and beyond."

Since his time in Hobart, Matt has been constantly performing and teaching, and always striving for greater musicianship. He spent 2 years in Melbourne (2004-2005), leaving for Berlin at the beginning of 2006 to study with Andreas Schmidt. After 12 months in Berlin, Matt moved to Paris, and currently divides his time between France and Australia. His debut CD, MB4 Matt Boden Quartet, was released in Australia in March 2011.

Published on: 04 Mar 2015 1:26pm