Stuart Vandegraaff is a performer, bandleader, educator and community music facilitator with a special presence in intercultural music. Based in Sydney since 2000, Stuart has performed locally, nationally, and internationally in a diverse range of musical settings. Classically trained, with an undergraduate degree in jazz performance and a Master’s in Arabic maqam study, Stuart is a saxophone specialist (SATB) with additional proficiencies on Arabic nays (cane flutes), clarinets, and a variety of other woodwinds. Aside from his ARIA-nominated work with the Zela Margossian quintet, Stuart is bandleader of Masha’s Legacy and SEV, and also a regular member of Elsen Price’s The EJT, Mara’s Musica Viva in Schools show, principal reeds for the orchestra of the Andalus Arabic Choir, and co-founder of the Clube Nacional do Chorinho na Australia. He is active in numerous jazz, Brazilian music and Arabic music ensembles and is an in-demand commercial and orchestral session artist.