Modern Jacobite Press Release Download

Tommy Smith (tenor saxophone)/BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (BBCSSO) conducted by Clark Rundell with orchestrations by Tommy Smith.

Recorded on 28th and 29th May 2015 at City Halls, Glasgow Mixed on 25th and 26th October at Rainbow Studios in Oslo by Tommy Smith and Jan Erik Kongshaug. Release Date: 26th August 2016 (Spartacus Records)

Leading European jazz saxophonist, composer and educator Tommy Smith boldly breaks new ground with the BBC/SSO on Modern Jacobite, an exceptional recording featuring his new symphonic work ‘Jacobite’, alongside personal re-imaginings of Rachmaninoff and Chick Corea.

Please follow the download link below to obtain the press release for Modern Jacobite via Scribd. Contact Spartacus Records ( or email to obtain a physical and/or digital review copy of Modern Jacobite.

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Modern Jacobite Press Release MASTER


27 Reasons for Catching Mike Mainieri in Concert with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra

directed by Tommy Smith presents


Friday 10th June 2016 7.30 p.m. Queens Hall Edinburgh 0131 668 2019

Saturday 11th June 2016 7.30 p.m. Royal Conservatoire of Scotland 0141 332 5057

Sunday 12th June 2016 7.30 p.m. Gardyne Theatre 01382 434 940

(pre-concert talk at 6.45 pm at each performance)

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO) leaps back to the future with visionary jazz pioneer and vibraphone master Mike Mainieri to play The Music of Steps Ahead. Music fans who are fascinated by the intersecting paths of rock, blues, funk, jazz and world music are invited on a unique journey into the creative mind of a quiet, modest and important musical iconoclast.

Mainieri’s ground-breaking group Steps Ahead anticipated the enrichment of jazz forms through the assimilation of other genres by more than thirty years. They first made their mark as a must-see live band full of ferocious energy and boundless invention. Later, the ensemble took on the characteristics of an all-star collective that has at various times included Mike Brecker, Bob Berg, Bill Evans, Steve Gadd, Peter Erskine, Donny McCaslin, Eddie Gomez and Mike Stern.

Slide Show of 27 Albums featuring contributions by Mike Mainieri as a leader, producer or contributor

Mike Mainieri has enjoyed a long career as a fiercely independent bandleader, composer, arranger and first-call vibraphone accompanist for some of the biggest names in rock music. He has lent his distinctive sound to the likes of Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Janis Ian, Dire Straits and Laura Nyro, and he imbued their songs with sophisticated ideas that enhanced some of their finest recordings. Those qualities have circulated back into Mainieri’s collaborations and initiatives with others, and flowered with spectacular results on his American Diary albums and his Northern Lights project.


He joins the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra for this special concert series to re-visit the music of Steps Ahead, and re-invent it in new arrangements (specially commissioned by the SNJO) from Christian Jacob, Geoffrey Keezer, Florian Ross and Christian Elsässer.

The SNJO invites you to surround yourself in the sound of Mainieri’s mind-melting vibraphone virtuosity on Safari, and bathe in the warm Pools of lush, exotic orchestral jazz. There is a Bullet Train waiting to take you places you never thought existed, all you need is a ticket to the show.

The Music Flag/SNJO


Tommy Smith with The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra ‘Modern Jacobite’

Later this year, solo saxophonist Tommy Smith with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra will release ‘Modern Jacobite’, a CD containing a new symphonic work entitled ‘Jacobite‘, alongside fresh interpretations of pieces by Rachmaninoff and American composer Chick Corea.

The Music Flag would love to hear from informed music commentators, particularly those who are interested in cross genre recordings, who may wish to receive a physical copy and supporting information well ahead of time.


Reviewers whom listeners trust receive many submissions, and new recordings arrive daily on busy Culture, Arts and Music desks. Nevertheless, those who admire adventurous composition, sumptuous melody and life-affirming contemporary music will find ‘Modern Jacobite’ tremendously interesting.

We very much hope that everyone who cares about innovative music will want to listen and offer an opinion.

Please email to make contact and start a conversation about ‘Modern Jacobite’.

Michael S. Clark

The Music Flag

Images by Derek Clark Photography

Scottish National Jazz Orchestra Press Materials and Programme Notes


Recent work for the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra has included press materials and programme notes for the spring concert series that began with the music of jazz guitarist Mike Stern and continued with the recent concerts showcasing the music of Dave Brubeck. Upcoming events include a tasty progamme of the music of funk-jazz-fusion legends Steps Ahead, and an absorbing evening of works by Charles Mingus with very special guest Arild Andersen.

Email for more information and examples


Simon Thacker’s Svara Kanti Press Release

Simon Thacker is a leading classical guitarist from Edinburgh who is interested in new soundworlds created from imaginative and innovative ideas about global relationships in music. His Svara Kanti project is emblematic of Scotland’s current internationalist outlook, and it’s no surprise that his work has now featured twice at the Made in Scotland showcase during Edinburgh’s Festival Fringe.


This particular collaboration with Raju das Baul and Sarvar Sabri combined in an uncommon blend of classical guitar, tabla, khamak and voice to create a highly rhythmic, energised form of Bangladeshi folk music strongly in the tradition of the wandering Baul minstrel.

You can download a copy of the pres release here, and follow the link to the 1320Radio review of a performance at Summerhall during Svara Kanti’s astonishing nine night run.

The Music Flag

September 2015




Aaron Wright Video Interview

The Music Flag produced and directed this interview with Edinburgh singer-songwriter Aaron Wright talking to 1320Radio about his new album ‘Flying Machine’ – out now on DSet Records.

This exclusive interview took place on the 19th century training ship Frigate Unicorn berthed at Dundee.

Aaron Wright is one of Scotland’s most popular performers with a rare gift for producing grown-up pop melodies.

Here, he talks candidly about the song writing process and making a video with “Barry from Eastenders”.

The Music Flag

September 2015


“The Name’s Bond…..” Fundraising Event”

The Music Flag created both text and graphic versions of the press release for “The Name’s Bond…”, a full-on musical showcase of the biggest and best themes from the iconic James Bond movie series. A big band and orchestra backed four different singers in a lavish presentation adorned by some very elegant dancers taking the role of the enduring Bond Girl motif.


The event all but sold out every seat in the 700-seat venue and generated funds for The Nasio Trust which works with Kenyan children orphaned by HIV and Aids. The money raised will go towards providing shelter, support and education in village-centred projects. The success of this event, and others like it, means that the some of the poorest young people in the world can now have a decent chance in life.

The Music Flag of course donated its time and resources free of charge to the creation of the press release for “The Name’s Bond…”, and made follow-up calls to journalists that resulted in a prominent feature in the local press in the weeks prior to the show.

The Music Flag

September 2015

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Bond Press Release

Bond Fundraiser

Bond press release (Text)

Bond Fundraiser (Graphic)


A Ticket to Infinity – our press release (+) for Inner Space Music

Loz Speyer is a trumpeter, composer, arranger, bandleader and educator who has been creating innovative jazz music and bringing it to as wide an audience as possible for almost thirty years.

His career as an independent musician began in 1987, working first in small groups and subsequently as a founder member of the ambitious 12-piece ensemble Rare Mix. Since 2003, his main focus has been leading and composing for his two main projects Time Zone and Inner Space Music.

Inner Space Music first began as a quartet in London, and later toured more widely. That initial incarnation of the group released its “Five Animal Dances” CD on Speyer’s own label, Spherical Records. Inner Space Music has continued to evolve and has since developed into a quintet exploring quite different new material. The band’s CD “Infinity Sea Rockets” celebrates its work with drummer Graham Fox, who tragically died soon after recording. Since then, Inner Space Music has toured extensively in the South of England, including London venues such as the Vortex and E17Jazz.

Loz asked us to come up with a different kind of  press release for Inner Space Music’s 2015 Autumn tour, supported by the Arts Council of England. He wanted something that showed how the music that the quintet makes is not only creative, expressive and exploratory, but that it’s also inclusive and fun. We had several conversations and shared a few drafts before arriving at a three-page master document that formed the basis of bespoke communications. We also revised individual band member bios that gave a more personalized account of each player.

The aim of  The Music Flag is to work with clients to make sure they are happy with the final product. After all, it has your name on the front, not ours!

The Music Flag

September 2015

Photo credit: Steve Cropper

Download the PDF of the press release here:

Inner Space Music Press Release Autumn Tour 2015 


The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra/Makoto Ozone Jeunehomme Mozart Piano Concerto No. 9 K.271 (2015) – ‘Jeunehomme’

Michael Clark has been working closely with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO) for about three years writing press releases, programme notes, brochure text and web copy. He has also writing liner notes for two of the orchestra’s most recent recordings – American Adventure (2014) and Jeunehomme Mozart Piano Concerto  No. 9 K.271 (2015).

It has been a privilege to fulfill these tasks which have now extended to include promotional work for the American release of Jeunehomme. This has involved a lot of activity on social media but it has also meant researching and contacting jazz writers, commentators and radio stations in the USA. As a result of this work, we have accumulated a lot of knowledge about the current growth and diversity of the jazz  in the United States. Jazz may not sell as many recordings as mainstream music, but it is still immensely popular and an extremely competitive arena.


The SNJO produces great media content and that makes working with them such a pleasure. However, they mainly make fabulous music that everyone should hear, especially in performance. The orchestra was founded by Tommy Smith in 1995 and the twentieth anniversary celebrations have provided memorable concert experiences for their fans with guest appearances by Kurt Elling, Eddi Reader and the wonderful Benny Golson.

The end of year show in November will showcase the music of Glenn Miller in a warmly affectionate portrait of the much-loved bandleader.

For more information on the SNJO visit their website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter. See you there!

The Music Flag

September 2015



A Website Makeover for Jazz Juggernaut Fat-Suit

The Music Flag is proud to be associated with Fat-Suit, Scotland’s brightest new mixed-genre, jazz based ensemble currently active in the UK and Europe.

Fat-Suit have attracted support from a fast-growing fanbase in Scotland, spread their wings and toured in eastern Europe, won acclaim from discerning critics and appeared featured prominently on radio, on TV and at festivals. Their flexible, collective structure delivers vibrant music that is extremely diverse, yet still remains entirely coherent with a distinctive Fat-Suit sound. They have also made three successful studio albums and produced several performance videos to a very high standard, all in in the space of three short years.


However, that hasn’t left a lot of time for media work and the band’s website in particular started to like a little ragged! We’ve made a  point of following Fat-Suit and took advantage of a live show in Dundee to write up the experience for the INSTRUMENTAL website. Gavin McLaughlin took some outstanding live shots and these pictures have formed the basis of the refurbished site. Add in some updated bios along with better organization and navigation, and the improvements quickly started to show.

The band use the Weebly self-authoring platform, and we stuck with that because the group wanted to maintain control over updates in a website environment with which they were already familiar. The Music Flag also put together a Mailchimp flyer with press release style text for Fat-Suit which was aimed primarily at international promoters. This meant that the band’s co-leaders could get on with the business of completing their third album instead of spell checking and sizing photographs.

Have a look at the Fat-Suit website and be sure to connect with 1320Radio where co-leader Scott Murphy has just launched Fresh Jam, a new jazz show exclusive to this increasingly popular online station.

The Music Flag

September 2015