Robbie Melville is a guitarist and composer. He began performing in his teens, and in 2005 he 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, including two pieces for string quartet. 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.
In 2008, prior to relocating to Shanghai for two years, Robbie released the album softly, softly, showcasing a repertoire of original pieces. In 2016, with the winnings of the composition competition for the world music group Orkeztra Glasso Bashalde, Robbie was able to record an album of original material with drummer Danny McKenna, bassist Tristan Courtney and pedal steel guitarist Garrett Costigan.
Robbie’s trio Antelodic, an unusual combination of two saxophones and guitar, released it’s debut album Quiet Sufficient in March 2017. Billy Pinnell wrote of the album, “Melbourne jazz trio Antelodic, guitar, two saxophones with occasional clarinet and flute, no rhythm section, have created a sonically daring, accessible masterpiece with the release of their debut album”.
Robbie’s propensity for musical variety, and sensitivity as an accompanist, has seen him engage in a diverse number of collaborative enterprises. In the past several years he has worked on numerous recordings for artists such as Liz Frencham, Shane Howard and John Murry, toured internationally with Irish musicians Mundy and Roesy, performed with ARIA-nominated harpist/singer Mary Doumany, Krystle Warren, Gallie, Carl Pannuzzo, Stephen Magnusson, Zoe Frater, Kristina Olsen, Nat Bartsch, Sarah Carroll, and worked alongside Mercury Award winning producer Karl Odlum.
He has been commissioned to compose and record 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.
In 2013 Robbie completed a Master of Music Degree. He currently works as the in-house guitarist and musical arranger for Mark Stanley’s Red Room Recording Studio, teaches guitar, and composes and performs regularly.
“Robbie’s style of minimalistic jazz is unique and distinctive, perfectly phrased and placed, but remains unpredictable”. - Indigo Music