THE MUSIC OF KIRSTY PITTMAN
Composer - Guitarist
BEHIND THE MUSIC
Kirsty Pittman is an English born, Melbourne based composer, guitarist and educator, who studied composition at Melbourne Conservatorium of Music with Professor Stuart Greenbaum. Also at MCM she explored modern classical guitar and tango guitar with teachers Ken Murray and Doug De Vries.
Previously she had majored in guitar (BMus) at Melbourne Polytechnic, and cites guitarist Tom Fryer and multi-instrumentalist Adrian Sherriff as encouraging her fascination with Turkish and Arabic drum rhythms and additive cycles in her original compositions, During and after her studies, she studied Konnokol with Adrian Sherriff and Carnatic Vocals with Shobhar Sekhur,
She has composed and been commissioned to write music for symphony orchestra, big bands, electronics, guitar ensemble, extended chamber works as well as solos and duets. She has composed two studio albums of music for her chamber jazz quintet Samassin with whom she also performs as guitarist and vocalist and has toured to Europe and Turkey. These compositions are earthy, vibrant, original eastern-tinged jazz compositions with exotic rhythms and cinematic beauty...a musical journey through ancient landscapes.
She is also guitarist, co- manager, co- arranger/composer for Melbourne based tango sextet La Busca. This project enables her to deeply study the intricacies of tango guitar. She is also a member of the Melbourne Tango Orchestra with many acclaimed Melbourne tango artists. Members have received regular training from Maestro’s from Buenos Aires and many have studied in Argentina. Performance credits include Port Fairy Folk Festival, National Folk Festival, Cygnet Folk Festival, Brunswick Festival, MoNA in Hobart, The Famous Spiegeltent, and the iconic Boite World Music and Paris Cat in Melbourne.