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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 considerably 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.

Since 2017, Rama has been a member of the seminal Melbourne-based Doom Metal outfit, Whitehorse, who have toured extensively internationally and in 2019 released a collaborative EP with the internationally-renowned American Metal duo, The Body. In 2021, Whitehorse released their latest full length album Death Weight on Heavy Machinery Records.

In 2021, Rama co-founded the experimental Metal/Gamelan outfit Rinuwat with Karina Utomo and Mike Deslandes of High Tension fame. Their highly anticipated debut album, Dua Naga, is slated for a late 2021 release on Heavy Machinery Records.

Additionally to Rinuwat, in 2021 Rama co-founded the Black Metal trio Kilat, with Rinuwat band-mate Karina Utomo and Ben Andrews of My Disco and Agents of Abhorrence fame, as a means to explore and celebrate their shared interest of raw Black Metal from the 90’s underground.

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, Andrea Keller, Robbie Avenaim, Judith Hamann, Carolyn Connors, Sean Baxter, David Brown, and Bridget Chappell, among others.