Matt Carmichael

Matt Carmichael

"A distinctive new voice in a crowded scene" ~ BBC Music Magazine

Saxophonist and composer Matt Carmichael continues to move from strength to strength and grow his reach globally with his powerfully emotive blend of Jazz and Folk music. He has performed throughout Europe at Celtic Connections, Ronnie Scott’s, Love Supreme, UK and European Jazz Festivals as well as being a guest soloist with the Grammy Award winning WDR Big Band in Germany were his music was arranged by Bob Mintzer.

Matt’s debut album ‘Where Will The River Flow’ was critically acclaimed, amassing over 3 Million streams and he was subsequently signed to the renowned Jazz label Edition Records who released his second album ‘Marram’ in October 2022.

"He’s going to be huge" ~ The Times

‘Can make you laugh and shed a tear within the turn of a bar’ Jazzwise
‘Has created an exciting Scottish style of his own’ The Scotsman
‘His music is global and contemporary’ Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung 
‘Artists like Matt Carmichael are rare to come by’ Jazz UK
‘Has his own sound and is a storyteller…. very believable, lyrical and emotive… you can really feel Scottish landscape in his playing and compositions’ BBC 4

‘Marram’ takes its influence from the drama, moods and expansiveness of the coastal imagery of Scotland. But rather than the music being inspired by the landscapes, it’s more the other way round, where the image of the sea encapsulates the openness and emotiveness Matt is trying to communicate in his music. The album also talks about escapism, of flow and the push and pull or drama that the sea evokes. For Matt, his music “wants to have a transportive element…the sea can be calm, but can also be tempestuous, a space where lots of different moods, emotions and energies can be conveyed, lots of different elements of nature found”.

Now in their early twenties, Matt’s band have been working together since they were in high school and have built a unique chemistry together. Featuring Mercury Award nominee Fergus McCreadie (piano), Ali Watson (Bass), Tom Potter (Drums) and new member Charlie Stewart (BBC Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year) on fiddle.

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