Guitarist Stuart McCallum's music has always thrived in that beautiful space where genres blur. With a wide range of influences from Machinedrum, Lau and Martin Simpson to Debussy, Taylor McFerrin and Burial, itâ€™s not difficult to see how this has come about. His 2011 Naim debut, Distilled, was a series of beautiful instrumental soundscapes and glorious melodies that owed as much to dance music as it did to jazz. Since then he has been busy with a wide range of other projects, including several collaborations with British artist Linder, scoring music for the Northern Ballet and working in an acoustic duo setting with Mike Walker. Stuart has a wealth of experience in many different musical environments and genres. He performed with the Cinematic Orchestra between 2004 and 2012, and was featured on and contributed to the writing of the bandâ€™s critically acclaimed albums, â€˜Ma Fleurâ€™ and â€˜Live At The Royal Albert Hallâ€™. In addition he contributed to the award winning Disney nature documentary soundtrack, â€˜The Crimson Wingâ€™, and the remix of Radioheadâ€™s â€˜Exit Music For A Filmâ€™ for Radioheadâ€™s remix compilation album, â€˜Exit Music: Songs For Radio Headsâ€™. Memorable performances with the band include The Royal Albert Hall with the Heritage Orchestra and The London Metropolitan Orchestra, headlining The Big Chill in the UK, and playing at Montreal Jazz Festival and Coachella festival in Palm Springs. In 2007 Stuart was invited to take part in the PRSF artist development scheme â€˜Take Fiveâ€™. A week of workshops with legendary UK saxophonist, John Surman, lead to Stuart being commissioned by Manchester Jazz Festival to write a suite of music to be performed by John and Stuart and a 10 piece chamber ensemble. The suite was performed in the beautiful setting of St Annes Church in Manchesterâ€™s City Centre and was acclaimed by both audience and critics. Stuart wrote a new suite of music for Manchester Jazz Festival in 2010, this time for a solo set which was performed live on BBC Radio 3â€™s flagship jazz show â€˜Jazz On 3â€™. The music was so well received by the show that it was included in its â€˜Best Of 2010â€™ review show. As well as John Surman, Stuart has also performed and recorded with some of the most prominent jazz artists of today, including Kenny Wheeler, Mike Gibbs, Gwilym Simcock, Tim Garland, Laurent Robin and Laurent De Wilde.
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