Susie Ibarra



Susie Ibarra
Filipina-American Composer/Percussionist Susie Ibarra is known for her individual artistry on percussion and genre-defying music. "In the past decade, her willingness to step out from behind the kit and embrace non jazz forms- opera, poetry experimental sound, dance-has taken her from that initial buzz from below Houston Street (NYC) to international reknown as a composer, performer and proponent of folkloric music." Catapano, NYTimes. Susie Ibarra, a Yamaha Drums, Vic Firth and Paiste artist, received nomination for Best Emerging Percussionist in Downbeat Poll Aug 2006. Recently, she performed a NY Premiere of her solo drumset piece titled Optical Illusion: 4 Meditations in Light at Zankel Carnegie Hall. Several other current works include solo piano Dancesteps for CAG artist fellow Jade Simmons; Shangri-La, a collaboration with Pulitzer Prize poet and librettist Yusef Komunyakaa at the Kitchen; and Dreams, etudes for her trio. She has toured extensively in the US, Europe and Asia as well as performed and recorded with noted artists such as John Zorn, Dave Douglas, Pauline Oliveros, Trisha Brown, Ikue Mori, Sylvie Courvoisier, Thurston Moore, Yo La Tengo, Yusef Komunyakjaa among others. Some of her music can be heard on recordings: Songbird Suite; Susie Ibarra Trio, Tzadik Records, Folkloriko: Susie Ibarra compositions, Tzadik Records, Entomological Reflections; Mephista, Tzadik Records, and new Nov 2006 release EK Dialects, Electric Kulintang on Plastic Records.

participating in

  • WOMEX 2007