Our Musical Director is Matthew Ives!
Matthew hails from a Tasmanian family of musicians rich in talent and tales from years of involvement in jazz scenes and music teaching.
Matthew has a background in a cappella singing. He was the founding member of and musical director for the highly successful a cappella choir, 'Big on Bass', as well as the founding member of the jazz quartet 'Breathless'. He is a honours graduate of the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, and these days is highly sought after for his drumming prowess, regularly supporting performers around Hobart and Tasmania, including Billy Whitton and the Hepcats, the Moonlight Aviators, the Hobart Jazz Club, Di Richards and Friends, Allison Farrow and Friends, Nadira and Friends, Jazz for Cows, and his own big band! Not to forget the next generation of performers, Matthew teaches at St Virgil's College and MacKillop Catholic College, along with directing Guilford College's annual musical production.
The choir first met Matthew when he guest conducted in 2015. He then supported the choir as part of the jazz ensemble at the Rosny Barn for the Swing, Stage and Show concert. It would seem that we couldn't keep him away, as he joined us on stage for our second Rosny Barn concert in May 2016 to sing, and again guest conducting a few times since, including our Glenview Nursing Home performance in June 2016.
Matthew is also well known to the choir through his big band shows at the Wrest Point Casino. He brought the band together in 2010 through his passion for big band swing and it has become Tasmania's premier big band. Our former accompanist, Iestyn Parry plays regularly in the big band (and also with Matthew at other 'with friends' gigs of Allison Farrow and Di Richards). The big band has 18 of Hobart's highest calibre and experienced jazz musicians, playing every third Wednesday of the month at the casino.
'Matthew and his Big Band' are the music engine room behind the highly successful stage show 'Croon'. Written, produced and performed by three of Hobart's leading men (John X, Colin Dean and Andrew Colrain), Croon is a tribute to the high-jinx, high balls and happy hour featuring the tunes and croons of Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr and many more. The big band is on stage and part of the show, and Matthew steps out from behind the drums to sing too, well 'Hello Dolly'.