Matthew Doyle is a descendant of the Muruwari people and grew up in Southern Sydney on Dharawal land. At fifteen he was accepted into the prestigious Aboriginal Islander Dance Theatre (AIDT), where he completed a three year course. In 1990 he became a founding member of their professional company.
Matthew has since become one of Australia’s leading performers and has toured extensively. He has recorded many CDs and collaborated many Australian, musicians, dancers and composers including the Bangarra Dance Theatre, Christine Anu, Professor Michael Atherton, Yothu Yindi and Leah Purcell. He has performed at Stomping Ground, Survival and The Festival of The Dreaming (in his acclaimed self-devised work Wirid-Jiribin: The Lyrebird) and was part of the closing ceremony at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. A documentary titled ‘My Spirit is Black’, a biography of Matthew’s life, was filmed by ABC TV in 1986.
Matthew started the Year 2000 with his sunrise didjeridoo performance atop the peak of the Sydney Opera House for the ABC Millennium broadcast, and appeared in the opening ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. In 2005 he was in Japan for the World Expo and in 2006 he toured nationally with Taikoz Japanese Drummers and performed at the Musée du quai Branly, Paris. Matthew performed on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 2007 for the 75th Birthday celebrations.