Padma Newsome

PhD Student
College of Arts & Social Sciences

Padma Newsome is an Australian composer, arranger, and performer based in Mallacoota, Victoria. His musical palette expresses colours of the coastal wilderness where he lives, blended with modernist avant garde, Hindusthani and folk elements from India, chamber music remnants, and the energy founded in the pop/rock world. 

He composes for traditional large and small ensemble, the electro-acoustic medium, improvised chamber ensemble, music for dance and theatre, and rock bands. Padma is a community focussed musician. He currently directs and delivers Mallacoota’s “Ashes to Music” post NYE 2019 Firestorm creative recovery programme.

Padma is an embedded PhD researcher (ANU). He is an auto-ethnographer and researcher in Arts Recovery, and is co-researcher and author of the “Arts Responder Check List.”