Raised in Yorta Yorta country in northern Victoria, Aditya Ryan Bhat developed an early and alarming predilection for tapping on his own head. Concerned parents resolved to redirect these latent percussive impulses to a less hazardous outlet, and enrolled him in drum lessons. From there (more-or-less), it has been an evolving journey of finding ever more delightful and strange things to hit!
Aditya completed a Bachelor of Music at the University of Melbourne, where he had the privilege of learning from such teachers as Steve Falk and Peter Neville, whilst also pursuing broader interests in composition and research, philosophy, and social sciences.
Enthusiastic about collaboration, Aditya enjoys finding ways to bring together varied interests including experimental music, jazz, electronics, improvisation, and the Indian musical styles of his heritage; favourite pastimes include scavenging in scrapyards for instruments, recording ambient sounds while going for walks, and trying to bow unlikely objects.
Aditya is undertaking his second year at ANAM in 2023, under the guidance of Peter Neville and John Arcaro—while also trying to cobble together his ethnomusicology thesis at The University of Melbourne!
Outside of music, Aditya spends time zipping up and down the Yarra on his bike, making exotic desserts, and reading about history and cultures.
FROM: VIC. Lands of the Yorta Yorta people.
Aditya’s training at ANAM is supported by ANAM Syndicate donors Christina and Terry Hart, Igor Zambelli, John and Sue North, Annie Chapman, Kerry Landman and the Estelle Redlich Circle
Aditya was the recipient of the David Richards Performance Award for the Most Outstanding Performance of a Contemporary Composition or New Work in an ANAM Recital in both 2022 and 2023. He also won the Engagement Award for Creative Concepts and Writing in 2022.
Photo credit Pia Johnson