Stuart Bogie

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Stuart Bogie is an American multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, and music producer. Originally from Evanston, Illinois, Bogie became a staple in the Brooklyn music scene.

Early years[edit]

Bogie studied music at the Interlochen Arts Academy and the University of Michigan, focusing on clarinet and bass clarinet. While in high school, he co-founded the group Transmission with Zachary Mastoon (aka Caural) in 1991. Later, Bogie would re-form Transmission with Colin Stetson, Eric Perney and Andrew Kitchen while at The U of M. After graduating in 1997, Bogie moved to San Francisco to pursue musical endeavors.


In 2000, Bogie moved to New York City, where he met Jordan McLean and reunited with friend and mentor Michael Herbst of Antibalas, who recruited him to join the large jazz ensemble Fire of Space, led by McLean.[1] Soon after, McLean and Herbst brought Bogie into Antibalas, where he functioned variously as conductor, tenor saxophonist, and composer, touring to over 15 countries and performing in major festivals around the world since. Bogie's song "Indictment" was released on Antibalas' Who Is This America, which garnered an 8.1 from Pitchfork Media. The favorable review notes the song "opens with a Superfly-echoing riff as spastic tenor sax man Stuart Bogie recites a litany of offenses committed by everyone from Donald Rumsfeld to "the game of baseball," in what sounds like some funky People's Court.".[2] The Village Voice called "Indictment,""...a fantastic Bush-era protest song, lithe and lethal." [3]

Another Bogie composition for Antibalas, "Beaten Metal", was named as one of the top 100 songs of 2007 by Pitchfork Media, ahead of modern-day staples by MGMT and Broken Social Scene. Pitchfork writer Grayson Currin applauded the song, noting "quick splashes of colorful sound and some slowly building drama, "Beaten Metal" sounds brazen, rhythmic, and powerful—like Edgard Varese coming of age after hip-hop." [4]

Bogie also composed "I.C.E." and the vocal parts (lyrics and melody) for "Sanctuary", which was released (along with "Beaten Metal" on the Antibalas album Security, produced by John McEntire.[5] Bogie frequently conducted Antibalas between 2004 and 2012, when he formally left the group.


Along with many members of Antibalas, Bogie appeared and performed in the Broadway musical Fela! about Fela Kuti directed by Bill T. Jones produced by Steve Hendel and Music Directed by Aaron Johnson.[6] He performed as the featured soloist, improvising several solos throughout the show. The New York Times wrote "music that gets into your bloodstream, setting off vibrations you’ll live with for days to come."[7]

Work with Dave Sitek[edit]

Bogie has a long history of working with producer Dave Sitek. In 2006, Bogie contributed bass harmonica, tenor sax, contra-bass clarinet to the critically acclaimed TV on the Radio album Return to Cookie Mountain, which Pitchfork Media named the #2 best album of 2006.[8]

In 2008, Bogie was recruited to contribute tenor and baritone saxophone and collaborate on horn arrangements for TV on the Radio's Dear Science.[5] Following the release of the acclaimed record, Bogie toured extensively with TVOTR across Europe and North America making television appearances including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Show with David Letterman, Saturday Night Live and The Colbert Report.

Aside from contributing horns to the last two TVOTR records, Bogie also played saxophone on the Yeah Yeah Yeahs It's Blitz!, produced by Dave Sitek, where his work can be heard on "Zero", "Dragon Queen", and "Hysteric". He has also worked with Sitek on tracks by Zack de la Rocha, Holly Miranda's The Magician's Private Library, Massive Attack, Wale, Foals, Get Hustle, Pink Noise Telepathe and Scarlett Johansson's album of Tom Waits covers, Anywhere I Lay My Head.

Superhuman Happiness[edit]

Superhuman Happiness was founded in 2008 by Bogie and includes a long roster of artists from New York. Eric Biondo, Andrea Diaz, Mathew Scheiner, Sam Levin, Luke O'Malley (guitar), Ryan Ferreira (guitar), Jared Samuel (keyboard), Eric Biondo (trumpet), Nikhil Yerawadekar (bass), Miles Arntzen (drums), Torbitt Schwartz, Jeremy Wilms, Ryan Sawyer, Gunnar Olsen, John Bolinger, Ian Chang, Grey McMurray, Tim Allen.

The group's first release was Fall Down Seven Times Stand Up Eight, which featured contributions from O'Malley, Biondo, Ferreira, Brian Chase on Drums, Jeremiah Lockwood on Guitar, Jordan McLean and Eli Asher on Trumpet, Gabe Roth, Chris Vatolaro, and longtime collaborator Zak Mastoon. The self-released record was mixed by Hernan Santiago, mastered by Steve Berson and features art and design by Tatiana McCabe, and production by Bogie and Mastoon. The single "Human Happiness" was released by Electric Cowbell on a split 7" with CSC Funk Band.

Through the musical Fela! Bogie's relationship with lead actor, Sahr Ngaujah, led to a collaboration between Ngaujah and Superhuman Happiness resulting in two recordings, "Gravity" and "String Theory" released on 7" by Electric Cowbell records.

The group's second release "The Physical EP" focused more towards lyrical songwriting and was primarily recorded at Dave Sitek's Brooklyn studio "Stay Gold" by Daniel Huron. The record was mixed by Huron and O'Malley, and produced by Bogie and O'Malley. It was released on Royal Potato Family in 2011. The songs "GMYL" and "Hounds" were released as a 7" on Electric Cowbell, the songs "Needles and Pins" and "Oh, Tatiana" were released on 7" through Royal Potato Family.

The group's third release Hands (2013) focused on collaborative song writing, and was collectively composed through the use of clapping patterns to generate material. The core musicians on Hands were Luke O'Malley, Ryan Ferreira, Eric Biondo, Nikhil Yerawadekar, Jared Samuel and Miles Arntzen. The album featured lead vocal performances by several different members of the group. The singles "See Me On My Way" and "Sentimental Pieces" were released on 7". Both the LP and 7" were released by Royal Potato Family. The album and 7" feature art by Joao Machado. Colin Stetson, Abena Koomson, Afi McLendon, Kalmia Traver, Joci Adams, and Shaneeka Harrel also performed on the record.

The group has collaborated with video artist Tatiana McCabe on "GMYL," "Mr. Mystery," "Sentimental Pieces," "Hounds," "Needles and Pins," "Second Heart," as well as several live video collaborations.

Their latest release, Escape Velocity, was released in September 2015. AllMusic noted that the album was "Marking a new focus more than a new sound for the group, Escape Velocity's interplay of ruminative tone and unbridled infectiousness works like a charm, compelling not only moving feet but repeat plays".[9]


Aside from contributing to countless acts, Bogie has also produced records by Volney Litmus and Jeremiah Lockwood. In addition, he has also produced tracks for the films Lo and Behold and Invisible Girlfriend.[10]


He has been the recipient of a Meet the Composer grant, and has written, produced and performed music for film, dance, television, and toys, for which he played alongside Elmo. Bogie also played on Angélique Kidjo's album Djin Djin, which received a Grammy for best contemporary world music album.

Notable collaborations[edit]

He has shared stage and/or studio with the Arcade Fire, Iron and Wine, Wu-Tang Clan, Medeski Martin & Wood, Public Enemy, Celebration, The Roots, Paul Simon,[11] Harlem Shakes, Burning Spear, Zack de la Rocha, Massive Attack, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ronson, Saul Williams, Passion Pit, Tony Allen, Sinéad O'Connor, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Joe Russo's Almost Dead, The El Michaels Affair, Baaba Maal, Bat for Lashes, DJ Logic, Brian Jackson, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Rana, Dub is a Weapon, Congo Ashanti Roy, Kologbo, Tunde WIlliams, Ticklah, Paul Cox, Renata, Colin Stetson, Foals, Matt Bauder, Matthew Lux, Toby Summerfield, Great Lakes Myth Society, minusbaby, Crush, Kill, Destroy, Fire of Space, The Eternal Buzz Brass Band, Geoff Mann, Recloose, Evan Hause, Reverend Vince Anderson, Chin Chin, The Sharp Things, The Fu Arkist-Ra, Dick Griffin (of Sun Ra's Arkestra), Vincent Chancey, Steve Swell, Joe McGinty, Tom Abs, Shoko Nagai, Jeremy Wilms, Larry MacDonald, Butch Morris, Bill Brovold and Larval, Caural, Victor Rice, Dragons of Zynth, Loser's Lounge, State Radio, Gomez, Brightblack Morning Light, Holly Miranda, Noba, Miles Anthony Benjamin Robinson, Centralia, Wild Yaks, Oren BlowedowMichael Leonhart and The Get Hustle.[5]

He has also arranged strings for Spencer Day, James Harries and Ben Jonas.[5]


Year Album Artist Credit
2014 Eve Angélique Kidjo Saxophone
2013 B-Room Dr. Dog Sax (Tenor)
2013 Hands Superhuman Happiness Composer, Engineer, Group Member, Producer
2013 Red Hot + Fela Arranger, Primary Artist, Producer, Programming, Sax, Whistle
2013 Reflektor Arcade Fire Saxophone, Horn Co-Arrangement (with Colin Stetson)
2012 Antibalas Antibalas Group Member, Sax (Tenor)
2012 Folilla Amadou & Mariam Sax (Tenor), Horn Arrangement, writer
2012 Love this Giant David Byrne Saxophone
2012 Out of the Game Rufus Wainwright Sax (Tenor)
2012 TigerFace Marco Benevento Saxophone, Vocals (Background)
2011 28,000 Days Gojogo Flute, Sax (Tenor)
2011 Blow Wind Blow The Blam Saxophone
2011 Collider Sam Roberts Woodwinds
2011 Kiss Each Other Clean Iron & Wine Performer
2011 Last Night on Earth Elysian Fields Sax (Tenor)
2011 Nine Types of Light TV on the Radio Saxophone
2011 Red Hot + Rio 2 Arranger, Percussion, Producer, Saxophone
2011 Rolling Blackouts The Go! Team Composer
2011 Smooth Jazz #1 Hits, compilation featuring Spencer Day's Til You Come to Me String Arrangement
2011 The House of Friendly Ghosts, Vol. I The Sway Machinery Engineer, Group Member, Sax (Tenor)
2011 The Physical EP Superhuman Happiness Bass Harmonica, Bells, Clarinet, Drum Programming, Engineer, Flute, Horn Arrangements, Mixing, Percussion, Producer, Sampling, Sax (Tenor), Toy Guitar, Vibraphone, Vocals, Whistle
2011 Whatever's on Your Mind Gomez Bass Harmonica, Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone
2011 Ximena Sariñana Ximena Sariñana Saxophone
2010 Earthology Whitefield Brothers Clarinet
2010 Fela! Original Broadway Cast Album Percussion, Sax (Tenor)
2010 Fossils and other Phantoms Peggy Sue Saxophone
2010 Maximum Ballroom Maximum Ballroom Saxophone
2010 Odd Blood Yeasayer Bass Harmonica, Saxophone, Jawharp
2010 Seahorse and the Storyteller Michael Leonhart Bass Harmonica, Clarinet, Contra-Alto Clarinet, Sax (Baritone), Sax (Tenor)
2010 The Magician's Private Library Holy Miranda Sax (Tenor), Horn Arrangement
2010 Õÿö Angélique Kidjo Sax (Tenor)
2009 A New Tide Gomez Bass Harmonica, Clarinet, Contralto Clarinet, Sax (Alto)
2009 Dance Mother Telepathe Saxophone
2009 Dark Was the Night: Red Hot Compilation Mellotron, Tom-Tom, Vibraphone, Sax (Tenor), Co-Production, Arrangement
2009 Hidden Melodies Revealed The Sway Machinery Group Member, Sax (Tenor), Tambourine
2009 Insurgentes Steven Wilson Sax (Tenor)
2009 It's Blitz! Yeah Yeah Yeahs Sax (Baritone, Tenor)
2009 Manners Passion Pit Sax (Tenor)
2009 Rings Sean Bones Flute, Sax (Tenor)
2009 Summer of Fear Miles Benamin Anthony Robinson Clarinet, Jawharp, Sax (Tenor)
2009 Technicolor Health Harlem Shakes Bass Harmonica, Sax (Bari, Tenor)
2009 The Flashing, the Fancing Chin Chin Sax (Tenor)
2009 Vapours Islands Sax (Tenor)
2008 All is Golden Pronto Sax (Tenor)
2008 Antidotes Foals Saxophone
2008 Anywhere I lay My Head Scarlett Johansson Bass Harmonica, Saxophone
2008 Dear Science TV on the Radio Horn Arrangements, Sax (Tenor, Bari)
2008 Motion to Rejoin Brightback Morning Light Clarinet, Saxophone (Tenor), Bass Harmonica
2008 Politics for Kids Thought Sax (Tenor)
2008 The Sway Machinery The Sway Machinery Member of Attributed Artist, Sax (Tenor)
2008 The Truth About Suffering Jamie Leonhart Clarinet (Contra - Alto)
2007 A Moveable Feast The Sharp Things Sax (Tenor)
2007 Chin Chin Chin Chin Sax (Tenor)
2007 Coronation Thieves Dragons of Zynth Saxophone
2007 Days Like These James Harries Clarinet, Harmonica, String Arrangements
2007 Djin Djin Angélique Kidjo Sax (Tenor)
2007 Introducing White Blue & Yellow Clouds White Blue & Yellow Clouds Bass Harmonica, Harmonica, Harp, Member of Attributed Artist
2007 Security Antibalas Composer, Metal Percussion, Co-Producer, Sax (Tenor), Synthesizer
2007 Surviving Death/Alive Why? Bill Brovold Composer, Reeds
2007 The Modern Tribe Celebration Additional Personnel, Choir/Chorus, Clarinet (Bass), Horn Arrangements, Sax (Tenor), Vocals
2006 American Primitive Jeremiah Lockwood Audio Engineer, Audio Production, Bass Harmonica, Bass Instrument, Composer, Engineer, Guitar, Harmonica, Main Personnel, Mixing, Producer, Saxophone, Vocals
2006 Mirrors for Eyes Caural Additional Personnel, Sax (Tenor),
2006 Note Bleu: The best of the Blue Note Years 1998-2005 Medeski, Martin & Wood Clarinet (Alto), Contra-Alto Clarinet, Member of Attributed Artist, Sax (Tenor)
2006 Return to Cookie Mountain TV on the Radio Bass Clarinet, Sax (Tenor)
2006 Zen of Logic DJ Logic Sax (Tenor)
2005 Celebration Celebration Clarinet, Sax (Tenor)
2005 Gilles Peterson in Africa Gilles Peterson Composer, Sax (Tenor)
2005 Great Lakes Myth Society Great Lakes Myth Society Sax (Tenor)
2005 Naturally Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings Jawharp
2005 Remembering Today Caural Clarinet
2005 Tastes Like Chicken Funkeymonkeys Bass Harmonica, Composer, Jawharp, Co-Producer, Saxophone, Vocals
2004 Sing Dance and Underpants Funkeymonkeys! Composer, percussion, flutes, jawharps
2004 Who is This America? Antibalas Composer, Group Member, Member of Attributed Artist, Sax (Tenor)
2003 Age of Epoch Fire of Space Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
2003 Cool Rock Chris Lee Sax (Tenor)
2002 Red hot + Riot: The Music and Spirit of Fela Kuti Sax (Tenor)
2002 Talkatif Antibalas Sax (Alto)
2002 Uninvisible Medeski, Martin & Wood Clarinet (Alto), Contra-Alto Clarinet, Sax (Tenor)
1998 Reproductive Rights for All Women Arwulf Arwulf Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
1997 This is Home Entertainment, Vol. 3 Clarinet (Bass)
1997 Transmission Transmission Clarinet, Clarinet (Bass), Composer, Group Member
2009 Fall Down Seven Times Stand Up Eight Stuart Bogie Clapping, Clarinet, Clarinet (Bass), Composer, Engineer, Percussion, Primary Artist, Producer, Sax (Tenor), Synthesizer, Vocals
2008 The Lovely Ugly Truth Darrin James Band Clarinet, Horn Arrangements, Sax (Alto), Sax (Baritone), Sax (Tenor)


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