Robbie Melville is a guitarist and composer. He began performing in his teens, and in 2005 was offered the Principal Guitar Chair in the Australian Pops Orchestra, appearing at Hamer Hall and the Sydney Opera House with artists such as James Morrison, Marina Prior, and Guy Sebastian.
In 2007 his quintet cleverhorse independently released the album ‘Goodnight, Mr. Monster’ featuring an eclectic range of Robbie’s compositions. The Sydney Morning Herald wrote, “They are onto something. They are undoubtedly creative”. Their second album ’50:fifty’ was released on Melbourne’s prestigious Jazzhead label in 2016.
Melville’s compositions have garnered several awards. Most recently, he won the 2016 Composition Competition for world music ensemble Orkeztra Glasso Bashalde with the piece ‘Tango In Pusan’, and was awarded first place for ‘Junkyard’ in the Instrumental Category of the 2018 International Songwriting Competition, a competition that amassed over 19,000 entries.
Melvilles’s trio Antelodic released its debut album ‘Quiet Sufficient’ in 2017. Billy Pinnell wrote, “Antelodic…have created a sonically daring, accessible masterpiece”. In March 2020 they released their second album, ‘To Iceland! To Iceland!’ on ABC Jazz. Award winning Australian saxophonist Julien Wilson wrote, “Melville’s compositions are beguiling, but it’s the way they’re realised by the whole group that makes this recording so special. There’s plenty of intrigue, but always room to breathe...”
Robbie’s propensity for musical variety, and sensitivity as an accompanist, has seen him engage in a diverse number of collaborative enterprises. He has worked on recordings for artists such as Shane Howard, John Murry and Liz Frencham, toured internationally with Irish musicians Mundy and Roesy, performed with ARIA-nominated harpist/singer Mary Doumany, Krystle Warren, Nat Bartsch, Gallie, Aine Tyrrell, Carl Pannuzzo, Stephen Magnusson, Zoe Frater, Kristina Olsen, Sarah Carroll, and worked alongside Mercury Award winning producer Karl Odlum.
He has composed and recorded music for The Australian Diamond Company, the Chinese/American short film, ‘Hidden Truths’, and the British documentary ‘Genus’. His combined interest in improvisation and silent film led him to form the Easy Street Ensemble, a stable of rotating musicians who improvise live soundtracks to silent films.
He currently works as the in-house guitarist and musical arranger for Mark Stanley’s Red Room Recording Studio, teaches guitar, and performs regularly.
“Robbie’s style of minimalistic jazz is unique and distinctive, perfectly phrased and placed, but remains unpredictable”. - Indigo Music