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Rama Parwata is a Melbourne based musician, drummer, educator, curator, and sound artist who has a distinguished reputation for his audacious and technical aural explorations in sound, texture and rhythm on the drumkit, 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. Whitehorse are currently in the midst of writing their new album, slated for a 2020 release.

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

Rama has been involved in developing a major dance work with choreographer, Melanie Lane and local dancers from across Indonesia. In late 2019, he travelled to Solo, Central Java, Indonesia to partake in the first phase of research for this project.

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], Abah Andris [ID], Umlaut, Bär McKinnon [US], Robbie Avenaim, Judith Hamann, Carolyn Connors, Sean Baxter, David Brown, Maria Moles, Sage Pbbbt, Mick Meagher, Stevie Richards, Rod Cooper, Karina Utomo, Bohjass, Belinda Woods, Angus Leslie, Adam Simmons, and Stephen Magnusson among others. He has appeared at multiple arts and music festivals including Falls Festival and most recently, Asia TOPA.