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Matt Hsu's Obscure Orchestra

Birdnest Hair (2017) - Experimental Short

We See Each Other (2018) - Digital Narrative

The Legend of the Lost Pearl - Short Film (additional music)

Cracks in the Concrete (2017) - Documentary

Sharing Economy (2017) - Web Series


Matt Hsu is a 2020 Queensland Music Award winning composer and multi-instrumentalist. His one-person orchestra project Matt Hsu’s Obscure Orchestra is the brainchild of his offbeat musical sensibilities, shaped by a childhood stint as a Buddhist monk, touring with Japanese loop ninja Kenta Hayashi, co-founding folk-punk band The Mouldy Lovers, immersion into street jazz in New Orleans, and love of cinematic scores.

He draws on his Taiwanese-Australian roots to create otherworldly compositions that celebrate difference, inclusivity and the fuzzy spaces in-between cultures. Enamoured with natural sounds, Matt blends traditional instruments from around the world and rethought everyday objects (such as bicycle spokes, saws and kitchen utensils), with field recordings and orchestral instruments.

Matt has composed and performed for TEDx, Bigsound, La Boite Theatre Company, and has charted at #1 on 4ZZZ. As an advocate for the fair treatment of marginalised peoples, he often uses music projects to underscore First Nations, gender diverse, refugee and immigrant issues through artistic collaborations.

His work has received critical notice from Los Angeles Cinefest (Finalist), SBS News, Sydney Morning Herald, Brisbane Times and ABC Radio. Matt also holds a PhD doctorate and has interviewed and moderated public discussions with musicians such as Morgan Henderson (Fleet Foxes), Ben Ely (Regurgitator), Lalka and Tenzin Choegyal.

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