Stuart Fuchs is a Grammy-nominated multi instrumentalist, recording artist, sound healer, and an innovative and compassionate teacher. He is a lifelong minstrel and plays a wide variety of styles of music on acoustic guitar and ukulele including folk, classical, jazz, rock, experimental, sacred and world music. He also plays Latin percussion, Bolivian charango, Australian didjeridoo, Native American flute, Tibetan singing bowls, and yes – hunting calls and amplified toys.
Stuart has been called a “modern day pied piper” (Buffalo News) and travels the world spreading musical joy through spontaneous and scheduled acts of melodic kindness. Have you ever been treated to a spontaneous serenade at an airport gate or in the waiting room of a doctor’s office? If you heard soulful and peaceful refrains coming from a smiling ukulele player, that was probably Stu.
At age 19, Stuart had a chance encounter with with jazz legend Dave Brubeck — a spontaneous jam session where he encountered the spiritual power of music. That experience changed the course of his life forever.
That taste of musical nectar so many years ago still inspired Stuart to this day and motivates his performances and his open hearted sharing of a freer and more joyful vision of music education. Stuart tours the globe with his music and innovative music workshops, including “Ukulele Zen” and “Music Improvisation as Spirit Path”
With over twenty years of experience in the arts, Stuart has empowered people of all backgrounds to discover their own musicality and to play with greater ease, skill and joy. Stuart has performed his genre bending ukulele instrumentals and soulful songs at concert halls and festivals across the USA and internationally. He founded and played lead guitar in an award winning quartet “Babik” (Bah-Beek), in which he arranged and performed the gypsy jazz music of Django Reinhardt with symphony orchestras.
Fuchs’ concerts are like a combination of a summertime lawn bowling party, a mystical poetry reading in a Bedouin tent, a smoky jazz club, a nuanced recital hall concert, and heart opening meditation class. Audiences laugh, sing and clap along, reflect upon life’s mysteries and sometimes even shed a tear.
Shortly after embarking on a solo career In 2012 Stuart become an endorsing Kala Ukulele artist – in 2013 released his debut solo album “Stukulele” and began touring to major ukulele and acoustic music festivals. In 2014 he further expanded his reputation as a teaching artist with appearances at even more festivals, theaters and yoga centers. In 2014, Stuart was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for a ten-day residency to compose and perform healing music for and with cancer patients at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY.
As a practitioner of yogi and meditation for over 20 years, the playful and fun loving Stuart is all about connecting people through music and creative play. He is passionate about encouraging each person to access his or her “inner musician.” In his ukulele, guitar and free improvisation classes he weaves very effective teaching tips on effortless instrumental technique with a spirited method of how to break through the limitations to musical freedom. In his workshops participants learn to grasp onto difficult concepts with greater ease and more joy.