Anita Hustas
double bassist and composer

Photo by Lainie

Anita graduated from the WA Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music (Performance) in 1993, then spent a year of intensive study with double bass virtuoso Francois Rabbath in Paris (1994-95). Anita began composing in 1995 for solo bass and in 1999 for theHustas-Keller
Duo. Since then Hustas-Keller have releasd a CD "Ice dreaming" (sponsored by Bang & Olufsen) featuring their compositions. Anita's work has also been performed by Adrian Sherriff's Oynsemble, The Sandy Evans Project, Phil Bywater's Buried Treasure
and Paul Grabowsky.

Recent playing activities

The Anita Hustas Project - a long-form composition for improvising quintet commissioned for the 2001 Melbourne Women's Jazz Festival, assisted by the Australia Council.

Solo appearances at the 2000 Boite Winter Music Festival, the Planet Cafe in 1999 and 2000 for the Make It Up Club, and the 1996 Port Fairy and Woodford/Maleny Folk Festivals.

Performances for the Melbourne Jazz Coop with Prrim (Anita Hustas, Tunji Beier, Adrian Sherriff), exploring contemporary jazz via techniques from Indian Classical music.

Performance and workshop with Phil Bywater in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Performances for Melbourne Creative Musicians Alliance with Peter Knight's 5+2 and Adrian Sherriff's Oynsemble Melbourne

Performances at the HalfBent Winter Jazz Festival with Peter Knight's 5+2 and Adam Simmons Toy Band

Performance with Tatar folksinger Zulya Kamalova in Melbourne, with upcoming gigs at the Woodford and Womadelaide Festivals.

Adam Simmons Toy Band CD 'Happy Jacket' launch at the Corner Hotel, Melbourne, and tours to Queenscliff and Meredith Music Festivals.

Phil Bywater's Buried Treasure CD 'Looking Up' recorded with assistance from Arts Victoria

Phil Bywater's Buried Treasure performance for the Boite's Afghan Refugee Benefit Gala

The Hustas-Keller Duo with pianist Andrea Keller, reinventing the relationship between contemporary jazz and classical music, supported Mulgrew Miller and Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen in 1999, played the 1998 Melbourne International Jazz Festival and 1997- 2000 Melbourne Women's Jazz Festivals, 2001 Pinnacles Festival, the Side On Cafe for SIMA, and Melbourne Jazz Co operative's"Alive" and "Transitions" series at Bennetts Lane. Recorded and broadcast on PBS and ABCFM .

The 1996 Barossa International Music Festival with US jazz pianist Kenny Drew Jr. Trio and the Guadanini Ensemble led by Violinist Jane Peters with soloist Peter Waters .

Performances with Paul Grabowsky, The Jex Saarelaht Trio, the Alan Lee Quintet, Bob Sedergreen, Ted Vining , Adrian Sheriff, the Adam Simmons Quartet, the Gai Bryant Quartet, Sandy Evans, Niko Schauble, the Helen Matthews Quartet, and the Sue Bluck Trio. Tour of Korea and Australia in September 2000 as a cultural exchange with the Gai Bryant Quartet and The Won Family (Masters of Traditional Korean music).

Recordings include Hustas-Keller Icedreaming CD, Helen Mountfort Upside down on the Bottom of the World CD, Zulya Kamalova Aloukie CD, Various Artists Tribute to Andrew Entsch CD, SueBluck Hands On CD, Tricycle Super CD