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Hali, also known as Hali of Firpine (formerly Hali Heron on Second Life) and Matthew Ebel, is a furry who is a professional musician. He's been musical guest at multiple conventions and was Guest of Honor at Furry Weekend Atlanta 2009, Further Confusion 2012, and Feral! 2016. Matthew also hosted the now podfaded High Orbit Podcast which later was revived as multiple "adventure albums." He hosts a regular streaming concert from his studio and releases new music every month via subscription at The Officer's Club

Hali's musical output includes furry songs such as Coyote All Night, In the MUCK, A Cautionary Tail, and The Ballad of Jamey and Shawn.

In 2011 Hali added his first regular band member, Runtt, as backup drummer and vocalist.


Hali performing at Further Confusion 2013, Photo by Aaron Zschau
Growing up in Washington State, Matthew began playing piano at the age of five, and started performing at recitals at the age of six. With twenty years of lessons and a BA in music (emphasis in composition) from Whitworth College, Matthew gained the skills to hold his own in any musical environment, and to know how to communicate musically with anyone. “I’ve been able to notice from playing with session players who has really studied music,” he says. “There’s something about the way people play when they’ve studied, and are technically skilled in improvisation.”

Getting his start as a touring artist in the contemporary Christian music scene in the late 90’s, Matthew packed up a U-Haul and moved to Nashville with the intention of becoming big in that genre. “That’s why I moved to Nashville, but I quickly realized it wasn’t for me,” Matthew says. He follows with a smile, “For the rest of my life I’d have to write about the same subject, and there’s no way I could have done that, no matter how much I love God.”

Matthew’s five years in Nashville strongly influenced his arrangement and writing style. His albums saw Matthew evolve from a more traditional piano-based singer/songwriter in the realm of Billy Joel or Elton John into something more uniquely his own. And slightly twisted, in the best possible sense. Jettisoning some of his more organic sounds on Goodbye Planet Earth and incorporating loops, synthesizers, beats and more, Matthew found that the new sounds matched his tales of outer space adventure and odyssey.

After Nashville, Matthew moved to the Boston area where he currently produces all of his music.

Furry Convention appearances[edit]

Hali performing at Furry Weekend Atlanta 2009
Hali has attended many conventions since 2000 and has been a main-stage performer or Guest of Honor at dozens of conventions since 2007.

Live Video[edit]

Matthew not only publishes his own live concert videos but encourages his fans to post theirs as well. YouTube and filesharing policies are clearly spelled out on his terms of service page.


External links[edit]

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