Ria Soemardjo is a Melbourne based musician with a passion for collaborating with artists across diverse range of genres and artforms.
Her distinct, haunting vocal style reflects her Australian/Indonesian cultural heritage. She draws on her fascination for Indonesian musical traditions in her song writing and collaborative projects. Ria has recorded with many ensembles including original compositions with her contemporary world music trio 'Fine Blue Thread' which melds tabla, cello, viola and voice.
All Ria’s work integrates, in quite an exquisite way, an aesthetic coming directly from an Asian tradition (with which she has cultural links) and her Australian context. This kind of work enriches the culturally diverse landscape in Australia and opens new possibilities. It is breathtakingly beautiful, and deserves to be fostered in order to continue and grow....Ria is an artist of great skill and humility, who is quite unique in her ideas, talents and dedication to her work. (Bagryana Popov 2002)