Ben Matthews was drawn to the piano at a young age, following a passion for artistic expression through improvisation and composition. Since 2008 he has held various residencies at many of Perth’s premier performance venues, has been nominated for a WAM award, and has shared the stage with some of Australia’s internationally acclaimed musicians as a sideman and bandleader. Providing ambience of a relaxing and intimate nature, Ben’s solo piano sound is a contemplative blend of jazz (Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Hiromi Uehara), classical (Ravel, Chopin, Ryuichi Sakamoto) and contemporary soundtrack music (Hans Zimmer, Nobuo Uematsu, Joe Hisaishi).
Ben Matthews Ensembles
Treat your guests to some live jazz with a band tailored to suit any occasion. Ben Matthews Ensembles combines the talent of Australia’s in-demand jazz musicians to provide an atmosphere of warmth and class at private functions, weddings and corporate events.
Ben Matthews Duo: Piano/Bass or Piano/Saxophone
The instrumental jazz duo or trio provides something a little louder and a little livelier, and is reminiscent of more traditional instrumental jazz music, utilising repertoire from the Great American Songbook. Inviting a horn player (saxophone or trumpet) or a bassist to join the piano allows for music best suited to medium sized venues.
For the duo dynamic, adding the upright bass provides a deeper and warmer sound. Adding a horn is ideal for cutting through louder venues, ensuring the music is comfortably audible amongst background noise and chatter.
Ben Matthews Trio: Piano/Upright Bass/Drum Kit
Drawing influence from the likes of Oscar Peterson, Brad Mehldau and Bill Evans’ iconic jazz ensembles, this is most popular ensemble experience. The jazz trio format offers a versatile and dynamic sound and is suitable for any occasion or setting.
Ben Matthews Quartet: Piano/Upright Bass/Drum Kit/Saxophone
Creative, energetic and modern – the instrumental quartet features the engine room of the jazz trio with some extra punch from the sax’.