Rizky is a PhD student in ethnomusicology. Prior to his studies at University of Pittsburgh he earned his MA degree in Performing Arts and Visual Arts studies from Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. At University of Pittsburgh he earned another MA degree. His thesis entitled Aksi – Soundscape of a Political Protest in Indonesia, 1998 uses theoretical framework of his interests: sound studies, performance studies, and popular music analysis. In 2019 he participated in a workshop on acoustemology with Steven Feld, a sound studies workshop and lecture organized by Johannes Gutenberg University, in Mainz, Germany. In the same year he presented papers on the topic of decolonization from the perspective of international students at International Council of Traditional Music World Conference in Bangkok, and Society for Ethnomusicology conference in Bloomington, Indiana. Currently, he is working towards his doctoral degree with his planned research on the indie and underground music scene in Indonesia.
Rizky is a singer/songwriter of Indonesia indie rock band Risky Summerbee & the Honeythief. Since 2008 the band has released three studio albums, one live cassette album and performed at various gigs and music festivals in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, and Australia. He is also a member of a Teater Garasi/Garasi Performance Institute, a contemporary theater group based in Yogyakarta. Between 2009-2017 he organized a music program “Live at Teater Garasi” facilitating performances of Indonesia and global independent musicians and bands.