Photo by: Joe Arcidiacono
Stuart Bogie grew up in Evanston, Illinois with music everywhere. There was the neighbor with the Yamaha DX-7 and Duran Duran records, the kid around the corner in a hardcore band, a DJ who lived next door, and the friends who came over to write songs together in the basement. Encouraged by his parents to study music, he enrolled at Interlochen Arts Academy, and went on to study at the University of Michigan.
In 2000, Bogie joined Antibalas as a conductor, tenor saxophonist and composer. Bogie’s song “Indictment” was released on Antibalas’s acclaimed release, Who Is This America?. In 2010, Bogie performed as the featured saxophone soloist in the Broadway Musical Fela!, directed by Bill T. Jones. In 2012, Bogie and collaborator Luke O’Malley wrote and produced the score for the Oscar-nominated documentary How to Survive a Plague. Bogie acted as musical director for the Red Hot organization’s Lincoln Center Out of Doors tribute to Fela Kuti (featuring and curated by the Kronos Quartet), and The Red Hot + Arthur Russell! tribute concert at the BAM Opera House.
Since 2012, Bogie has recorded and toured with Arcade Fire, headlining arenas and major festivals around the globe. He frequently records and performs as a session musician/arranger, working with artists like Alabama Shakes, TV on the Radio, Iron and Wine, Amadou and Mariam, Angélique Kidjo, Sharon Van Etten, David Byrne, Cass McCombs, and Nick Murphy (aka Chet Faker).