Anita Hustas specializes in improvising double bass performance and composition. Anita draws from music from many diverse cultures, and influences from many art forms. Her main ensembles are Anemone with Joe Talia and Anthony Schulz, and the Bywater-Hustas Duo with Phil Bywater. She performs and tours regularly with a wide variety of other ensembles including The Adam Simmons Toyband, Koffer, Peter Knight's 5+2, David Tolley, Dure Dara, Ren Walters and Collider.
Anita's work has also been performed by Adrian Sherriff's Oynsemble, The Sandy Evans Project, Phil Bywater's Buried Treasure, and Adam Simmons Toy Band. Solo performances include La Mama Musica, The Boite Winter Music Festival, The Make It Up Club, Port Fairy Folk Festival and Woodford Festival. Anita is currently in her first year of Masters in Performance, Improvisation and Composition at the VCA. She lectures in Double Bass in both the Repertoire and Improvisation Streams and teaches at most of Melbourne’s tertiary institutions.
Anita was awarded an Art Omi fellowship for July/August 2005, assisted by the Australia Council for the Arts to take up a composer/performer artist residency in New York. In 2003 Anita received an Australia Council commission to compose "Music of the Trees" a graphic score for Oynsemble Melbourne, which premiered in January 2004.
Anita has also just completed a new collection of graphic scores on "Water" for Anemone, premiered in November 2007. She has performed with most major Australian artists in the fields of Improvisation, Jazz and Classical music. Anita is an in demand session musician performing on countless film scores and many other projects too numerous to mention.