Ria Soemardjo is a vocalist, musician, composer and teacher. Born in Melbourne of Australian/Indonesian descent, Ria draws on her deep respect for the Javanese musical tradition in her original compositions and soundscapes. Her distinct, haunting vocal style also reflects an eclectic range of influences, and she has recorded with a diverse range of ensembles – across genres including contemporary and traditional world, to jazz and improvisation. An experienced collaborator across cultures and disciplines, Ria has performed internationally in a range of diverse projects incorporating contemporary dance, theatre and installations. Recent projects include sound design/composition for performance installation Chinese Whispers (Best Live Art, Melbourne Fringe 2014). In 2012 her work with internationally acclaimed dancer Ros Warby and cellist Helen Mountfort in Tower Suites, was awarded a Green Room award for music composition and performance.
WORK WITH METRO ARTS //
2016 Performance / Sedih // Sunno, 2-6 August 2016 – co-presented by Metro Arts, Next Wave, and Rani P Collaborations; Performer & Creative Collaborator: Sound/Music