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Matt Hsu. Photo: Rod Pilbeam.

UpLate: Matt Hsu’s Obscure Orchestra

Put on your dancing shoes and grab a drink at the bar as Matt Hsu’s Obscure Orchestra brings Play Moves to life with a roaming performance party.

Welcome to the Obscure Orchestra, a curious world of intricately crafted experimental music, made with world instruments and rethought everyday objects – the brainchild of award winner Dr Matt Hsu.

Beginning as Matt’s solo multi-instrumental offbeat tinkerings, Matt Hsu’s Obscure Orchestra has grown to one of Australia’s most respected ensembles. Challenging the pomp and formality of classical orchestras, Matt Hsu’s Obscure Orchestra are a DIY ensemble underpinned by community-minded inclusivity and anti-racism. It is comprised of 20+ BIPOC, First Nations, disabled, non-binary and trans artists.

Play amongst the art and show off your moves when Matt Hsu’s Obscure Orchestra stays Up Late at Museum Of Brisbane.

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About Matt Hsu

Matt Hsu is a two time QMA winning, Taiwanese-Australian composer and musician based in Meanjin. Drawing on his cross-cultural upbringing Matt creates otherworldly compositions that celebrate difference, inclusivity and liminal spaces between cultures. Matt advocates for marginal communities using music projects to underscore refugee, immigrant, First Nations and gender issues through artistic collaborations.

Matt has previously composed music for film and television, theatre, video games, and events, and performed as part of TEDxQUT in 2018.

Matt Hsu’s Obscure Orchestra were also recently profiled on ABC TV’s Art Works and worked with Imaginary Theatre to create Matt Hsu’s Obscure Orchestra Playtime as part of the Lord Mayor’s Children’s Program in 2022.

Matt Hsu. Photo: Rod Pilbeam.