Ram Sudama has been playing music since he was 11 years old, and performing
professionally since he was 14. He started as a classically trained
percussionist, specializing in timpani and mallet instruments, and studied under
a scholarship at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. As the principal
percussionist at Annapolis High School he was a member of the school orchestra,
the concert band, the marching band and the jazz band. He also played timpani
with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, participated as a soloist and band member
in numerous state and national competitions, played in the pit orchestra for
many musical productions, and had his own dixieland/mariachi band that performed
regularly at the local pizza parlor.
While still in his teens, Ram took up the guitar, started playing in various
progressive rock bands, and has never looked back. Since then he has been a
member of dozens of bands playing rock, blues, folk, country, pop, R&B and
jazz. During that time has played at many of the more prestigious clubs around
Boston, as well as most of the more unsavory places, including a memorable stint at a
striptease bar in the Combat Zone. He has recorded a number of albums with the
various groups he has been a member of, and has often participated as a studio
sideman for other groups.
Ram also started writing music when he was in his teens, and has written many
songs and instrumental pieces. He composes most of the original jazz/fusion
material performed by Fikus.
Ram is in love with his black PRS hollow body guitar. In the pursuit of
"the perfect tone" he has migrated over the years from .008's to
.009's, .010's, .011's, .012's and eventually .013's. His guitar is currently
strung with a combination of sitar strings, piano wire and parts confiscated
from abandoned chicken coops - and is totally unplayable by anyone but him.