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Rama Parwata is a Melbourne based musician, educator, composer, curator, and sound artist who has a distinguished reputation for his audacious and technical aural explorations in sound, texture and rhythm on the drum-kit, drawing influence from Jazz, Extreme Metal, and Gamelan music from his Balinese and Indonesian heritage.

Since graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts/University of Melbourne in 2016, Rama has become a very active figure in Melbourne’s underground Metal, Experimental, Punk and Jazz scenes and he has been at the very forefront of Melbourne’s underground music scene both as a performer and a curator.

Rama is currently a member of the seminal Melbourne-based Doom Metal outfit, Whitehorse, who have toured extensively internationally and recently released a collaborative EP with the internationally-renowned American Metal duo, The Body, to critical acclaim. In 2021, Whitehorse recorded their next upcoming full length album Death Weight, for the Flash FWD project.

Rama is also currently a committee member and co-curator of the legendary Make It Up Club, which is one of the world’s longest-running experimental concert series (starting in 1998), which hosts weekly improvised music and sound performances.

In 2021, Rama released his sonically experimental debut solo album, Tekanan, on Cassauna / Important Records.

Rama is currently involved in developing major dance works with choreographers Juliet Burnett, Stephanie Lake, and Melanie Lane.

As a performing and recording artist, Rama has performed, collaborated and recorded with some of Australia and the world’s leading experimental acts, including Senyawa [ID], The Body [US], Marco Fusinato (as INDENT), Robin Fox, Abah Andris [ID], Umlaut, Robbie Avenaim, Karina Utomo, Judith Hamann, Carolyn Connors, Sean Baxter, David Brown, Andrea Keller, and Bridget Chappell, among others. He has appeared at multiple arts and music festivals including Falls Festival and most recently, Asia TOPA.