When I create music with other musicians, it’s actually a really nice thing to be able to sing in English, in my language, and to use those songs to kind of make sense of the world that I live in now. Ria Soemardjo

Ria Soemardjo is a singer and musician born in Melbourne, her father having migrated from Indonesia. She uses traditional Javanese vocal techniques to express her respect for her heritage and sings with the Melbourne Community Gamelan orchestra. She also collaborates with other musicians to create songs that describe her contemporary Melbourne life.

Image source: Ria Soemardjo

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