Stuart is a guitarist and composer who specializes in Latin American music. He is a member of Choroloco, a Seattle based acoustic trio that specializes in Brazilian choro, and plays guitar with several Seattle tango ensembles. He has held several residencies and given numerous workshops at festivals, schools, and colleges throughout the US including the Berkeley Choro Festival, Wintergrass, and the Bellingham Folk Festival.
A composer and bandleader for theatrical productions, he has written music for Seattle’s Moisture Festival, Fremont Players, Cirque du Flambé, and Book-It Repertory Theater. He has also composed music for various films, including Threatened a Tribeca Film Festival finalist documentary, and an upcoming dance film of The Odyssey.
Stuart teaches guitar, music theory and composition. For several years he was part of Seattle Symphony’s Soundbridge Music Discovery Center, creating outreach programs focused on music history, as well as leading musical storytelling classes. More recently, he has designed and taught music classes for Path with Art, a non-profit focused on helping people recovering from homelessness and/or addiction. He has also designed a series of classes that used music and movement to teach Spanish.
During the pandemic, Stuart has focused on building virtual communities through a variety of live-streamed events including cabaret shows, choro concerts, and virtual tango gatherings, as well as fundraising for Tango-Stride, an organization that uses tango-inspired movement to help people with brain injuries improve their mobility. All of this work is being led from his virtual community space and studio, the “Dagger Moon Barn”.