Stuart has a wealth of experience in many different musical environments and genres. After being invited to join the Cinematic Orchestra in 2004, Stuart has performed on and contributed to the writing of the band's critically acclaimed albums, 'Ma Fleur' and 'Live At The Royal Albert Hall'. In addition he has performed on the award winning Disney nature documentary soundtrack, 'The Crimson Wing', and contributed to and performed on the remix of Radiohead's 'Exit Music For A Film' for Radiohead’s remix compilation album, 'Exit Music: Songs For Radio Heads'. Memorable performances with the band from several worldwide tours 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.
‘Distilled’, Stuart’s third solo album, released in 2011 on NaimLabel in the UK and distributed by Rough Trade in Europe, is the culmination of Stuart’s guitar playing, production and composition experience to date. The sonic palette of instruments and electronics used is a development from his 2 previous solo albums ‘Echo Architect’ and ‘Stuart McCallum’. Stuart's guitar playing is the main feature of the music - the ‘vocalist’ in the instrumental lineup. His interest in exploring different sounds from both electric and acoustic guitars is apparent in the music, from the innovative use of delays and filters, to hitting the guitars with hands and drumsticks! The guitar plays alongside electronic and acoustic drums, double bass, keyboards, synths, percussion, harp, celeste, strings, woodwinds and horns. The 40 date European tour, which followed the release of the album, culminated in the recording and release of Stuart’s fourth solo album, ‘Distilled Live’, on NaimLabel in November 2012.
Over the past four years Stuart has worked closely with internationally acclaimed British artist Linder. 'The Dark Monarch', performed at Tate St Ives in 2009 has resulted in a Tate DVD and book to document the piece. The 13 hour improvised performance piece, 'The Darktown Cakewalk', performed at the 2010 Glasgow International Festival resulted in Stuart being nominated for 'Best Music in Theatre in Scotland' by the Scottish Theatre Critics Association. Stuart is collaborating with Linder in 2013, composing a score to ‘The Ultimate Form’, a ballet performed by The Northern Ballet Company at a retrospective of her work at the Musee d’Art Moderne in Paris, as well as 3 large shows in the UK to be funded by Arts Council England.
In 2012 Stuart was commissioned by the British Council to compose and record a piece of music for the Ropponghi Art Night in Tokyo. The music was part of the Musicity program and was to be inspired by the Ropponghi area. Stuart wrote a new suite of music for Manchester Jazz Festival in 2010, for a solo set which was performed live on BBC Radio 3's flagship jazz show 'Jazz On 3'. The music was so well received by the show that it was included in its 'Best Of 2010' review show. In 2007 Stuart was invited to take part in the PRS Foundation artist development scheme 'Take Five'. A week of workshops with legendary UK saxophonist, John Surman, led 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 Anne’s Church in Manchester's City Centre and was acclaimed by both audience and critics.
As well as John Surman, Stuart has performed and recorded with some of the most prominent jazz artists of today, including American drummer Ari Hoenig, Kenny Wheeler, Mike Gibbs, Gwilym Simcock, Tim Garland, French drummer Laurent Robin, French pianist Laurent De Wilde and Austrian hang drum player and Bjork percussionist Manu Delago.