Pitz Quattrone

Didgeridoo performer/educator

Though living in Vermont, Mr. Quattrone’s heart lies half a world away in Arnhemland, one of the native lands of Australia, the birthplace of the Didgeridoo/Yidaki. Pitz started playing the standard drum kit as a teenager and then later moved on to various percussion instruments. Since the mid 80’s, Pitz has been professionally involved as an integral member of many
projects performing and recording a wide range of musical styles including: Folk, Reggae, Funk, Worldbeat, New Orleans R&B, Rock & Roll and Hip-Hop. With the Didgeridoo, Pitz has collaborated with a diverse list of artists that inludes: Pete Seeger, Guy Davis, The Ronstadt Generations Project, The Dark Star Orchestra, Tony Vacca, Massamba Diop and Barou Sall of Baaba Maal's band, John Flynn, Entrain, Max Creek, Dom Flemons of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Professor Louie of The Band, Dan Landrum of Yanni's band and notable Vermonters; Steph Pappas and Dave Keller. At her invitation, Pitz played Didgeridoo to kick off a presentation by environmentalist, anti-nuclear activist, Dr. Helen Caldicott. Since 1993, Pitz
has been immersed in the Didgeridoo by performing concerts, playing on recordings, instructing workshops, leading school assemblies, teaching “Didge” lessons and handcrafting Didgeridoos. The deep felt connection to the Didgeridoo combined with Pitz’s eagerness to pass on what he has learned about the Didge, has become a mission of his life’s work. Another mission is, Pitz showcases the Didgeridoo in as many musical settings as possible to demonstrate its sonic versatility. He believes the Didgeridoo is the most musically flexible instrument and can be a critical component to any type of music on earth.

Pitz is at home in front of a crowd, microphone or camera and has professional experience in numerous situations. His radio career started in 1990. On the radio he has been creator, host and producer of specialty music shows as well as voice-over/character voice talent in commercials
and audio books. He’s also managed to combine his love of sports and radio by working as a color commentator and play by play announcer. He’s fluent in Hockey, Football, Lacrosse and Baseball.

Being a professional performer since the mid 80's has given Pitz a level of comfort on the public stage that can only be obtained in a hands-on environment. He has also enjoyed being employed as an MC of special events and music festivals. Pitz has earned an Associate’s degree in Communications, combining TV, film/video and radio structures.

December 6, 2017

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