Duane Pitre (originally from New Orleans) is a Brooklyn-based, avant-garde composer and performer. His current works explore both chaos and discipline—and the relationship that exists between the two. Pitre primarily works with long-tones and utilizes alternate tuning schemes that focus on microtonality, enabling him to explore unaccustomed harmonic intervallic relationships. Composing primarily for acoustic and electro-acoustic instrumentation, Pitre has scored works for large and small ensembles as well as for solo performers.
Pitre has presented his works in NYC at such spaces as Roulette, The Stone, and ISSUE Project Room (where he was the Spring 2009 Artist in Residence). He has also performed in cities across the U.S. and Europe. Pitre's upcoming shows includes a performance at the MoMA's P.S.1 in Long Island City, NY. He has shared bills with artists such as Marc Ribot, Tony Conrad, Audrey Chen, Sean Meehan, and James Blackshaw.
Pitre has releases on Important Records, Trome Records, Quiet Design, NNA, etc. He's appeared on compilations with artists such as Keith Rowe, Sir Richard Bishop, Tetuzi Akiyama, and Jandek; and he has appeared on soundtracks with Dinosaur Jr., J Mascis, and Animal Collective. He recently curated and contributed a track to a Just Intonation compilation (Important Records), which will feature artists such as Pauline Oliveros, Ellen Fullman, Michael Harrison, Greg Davis, and Charles Curtis.