A composer and guitarist of considerable facility and creativity, Stuart McCallum rose to prominence writing for and playing with the Cinematic Orchestra, on their Ma Fleur and Live at the Albert Hall albums, as well as on their award winning Disney soundtrack, The Crimson Wing.
But it is with his own music that he confirms his reputation as one of the most vital and creative musicians of his generation. Embracing a wide range of influences, his music blends serene instrumental soundscapes, elegant melodies and hypnotic beats.
Stuart’s latest project, The Breath, released its debut album, Carry Your Kin, on Real World Record label in July 2016. Along with vocalist, Rioghnach Connolly, The Breath mix Irish folk influences with mesmerising guitar riffs. In turns hypnotic, lush, powerfully raw and raucously punchy, their songs entrance, uplift and break your heart. Prior to the The Breath, Stuart had released numerous solo albums and co-written with many other artists, as well as writing commissions for Arts Council England and The British Council.
Stuart’s varied career has involved collaborations with electronic artists such as Jordan Rakei, James Zoo, JP Cooper, Richard Spaven and Bjork percussionist Manu Delago; performances with Jose James, John Surman and Kenny Wheeler; recordings with American jazz stars such as Ari Hoenig, Ira Coleman and Dan Weisz; as well as performances with prominent folk artists, such as Danny Thompson, Michael McGoldrick and John Smith.
Stuart lectures in composition and guitar at the Royal Northern College of Music and Leeds College of Music. Additionally, Stuart is studying for a PhD in Composition for Ambisonics at the University of Hull. Ambisonics is a full-sphere surround sound technique: in addition to the horizontal plane, it covers sound sources above and below the listener.
“The music suggests the feel of the Cinematic Orchestra, Brian Eno and In a Silent Way-era Miles Davis” The Guardian, UK
“Simple, understated and hypnotic…Living proof that less is more.” Jez Nelson, BBC Radio 3
City Live EP (2017)
The Space Between (2016)
The Ultimate Form (2013)
Distilled Live (2012)
Stuart McCallum (2009)
Echo Architect (2006)
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