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Susie Ibarra

United States

Grants Awarded

2018 | Music | India

a 2-month Individual Fellowship to record a climate soundscape along the Ganges River in India

2007 | Music | Philippines

to study indigenous music and document regional festivals in the Philippines


Fragility: An Exploration of Polyrhythms

June 8, 2018 - June 9, 2018

Fragility: An Exploration of Polyrhythms is the world premiere of drummer/composer and ACC grantee Susie Ibarra’s new immersive performance. Drawing on deep knowledge of Asian and jazz percussive traditions, Ibarra leads audiences on a journey into a mesmerizing musical environment. An ensemble of seven musicians creates multi-layered, expansive sonic textures. Dancer Souleymane Badolo interacts with custom-built motion capture technology in which the dancer’s movements trigger recorded sounds to create a live rhythmic composition. 

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Asian Sound Revolution

November 4, 2018

Jin Hi Kim, Masayo Ishigure, Gao Hong, Vãn-Anh Vō, Susie Ibarra perform in an afternoon filled with Asian music.

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Performance / United States

Trio Improv at The Stone

September 28, 2018

Trio Improv: Pamelia Stickney – Theremin,  Ingrid Laubrock -Saxophone, Susie Ibarra- Drums, Percussion. ACC grantee Susie Ibarra (ACC 2017, 2018) will also be performing at The Stone October 2-6.

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Grantee: Susie Ibarra

Talking Gong: Alex Peh, Claire Chase, Kyaw Kyaw Naing, Susie Ibarra

March 19, 2019

Pianist Alex Peh teams up with percussionists Susie Ibarra, an ACC grantee, Kyaw Kyaw Naing, and flutist Claire Chase to perform new works inspired by rhythm—both interior and exterior, ancient and contemporary—written for percussion, piano, and flute by composers Susie Ibarra, Kit Young, Kyaw Kyaw Naing and Phyllis Chen.

Talking Gong, written by Susie Ibarra for Alex Peh and Claire Chase, explores traditional Philippine Kulintang cipher scores, reimagined for piano, flute, and mixed percussion.

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Fragility: A Game of Polyrhythms

July 13, 2019

Drummer and composer Susie Ibarra, an ACC alumna, leads the DreamTime Ensemble in the performance of Fragility: A Game of Polyrhythms. A dynamic musical ‘game piece’, the performance invites members of the audience to conduct the ensemble through rhythms and musical motifs. Using polyrhythms as a model for human interdependence, the work is a staging of relationships with the ‘game’ element allowing for a spirited shifting of roles and perspectives in live musical experimentation. Drawing on deep knowledge of Asian and jazz percussive traditions, Ibarra and the DreamTime Ensemble lead audiences on a journey into a mesmerizing musical environment of multi-layered sonic textures.

Formed by Susie Ibarra, the DreamTime ensemble includes Claudia Acuña, vocals; Yves Dharamraj, cello; Cornelius Dufallo, violin; Yuka C. Honda, electronics; Susie Ibarra, drumset and percussion; and Jake Landau, guitar, banjo and keyboard. Their first album Perception, released in December 2017, was chosen by The New York Times for their top ten playlist, premiered at WinterJazzFest NYC 2018, and was featured in WBGO’s Take Five Gives the Drummer Some which featured Drummer-Led records. The album has many influences, including the late, great Brazilian percussionist Naná Vasconcelos, who was meant to record for the album.

Fragility: A Game of Polyrhythms builds upon explorations conducted in an earlier work Fragility: An Exploration of Polyrhythms, which was commissioned and premiered at Asia Society in June 2018 as part of Creative Common Ground, and developed in partnership with Pioneer Works artist residency program. Creative Common Ground is an initiative that expands contemporary performance practice by commissioning, producing, and presenting artists who explore beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries. The initiative is supported by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Fragility: A Game of Polyrhythms is presented in partnership with Harvestworks and their 2019 New York Electronic Art Festival. 

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Special Event / United States

Cultural Conversation with Susie Ibarra

September 25, 2019

Join ACC's community of grantees, staff, alumni, and peers as we learn about composer/percussionist/sound artist Susie Ibarra's 2018 ACC Fellowship researching and recording along the Ganges River as part of her ongoing project Himalayan Glacier Soundscapes.

About Cultural Conversations: Cultural Conversations provides ACC alumni a platform to share their experience and expertise with a broad network of artists, cultural practitioners, and beyond. We have an exciting lineup for fall 2019.

To RSVP, click HERE.

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Grantee: Susie Ibarra

Performance / United States

With Gongs, Drums and Pipes

October 5, 2019

The Department of Music at SUNY New Paltz presents, “With Gongs, Drums and Pianos: Traditional Southeast Asian Music” a concert featuring Burmese master percussionist, Kyaw Kyaw Naing, internationally-acclaimed percussionist and ACC alumna Susie Ibarra and SUNY New Paltz associate professor and pianist, Alex Peh.

The concert celebrates the historic debut of the first Burmese Saing ensemble in the United States comprising SUNY New Paltz students, faculty and community members led by Naing and the creation of a new community Filipino Kulintang ensemble led by Ibarra. The concert serves as the concluding performance of the 2019 New York Conference on Asian Studies and will take place October 5th, 8 pm in Studley Theatre, SUNY New Paltz.

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Grantee: Susie Ibarra