Ibarra is known for her innovative style and cultural dialogue as a composer, improviser, percussionist and humanitarian. She is interested in the intersection of tradition and avant-garde and how this informs and inspires interdisciplinary art, education and public service. Ibarra creates live and immersive music that explores rhythm, Indigenous practices, and interaction with the natural world.
Susie Ibarra is a Yamaha, Vic Firth and Paiste Drum Artist. She is a 2014 TEDSenior Fellow and a Faculty member at Bennington College. She teaches Percussion, Performance and at the Center for Advancement in Public Action with focused advocacy on Human Rights extended equally to women and girls and Rebuilding Cities with the Arts.
Her recent work includes
Mirrors and Water, a sound installation commission for Ai WeiWei’s Circle of Animals at the Sculpture Trail of the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Wyoming . July 1- October 11, 2015.
Circadian Rhythms, commissioned for Earth Day 2013 at RPI EMPAC inspired by endogenous rhythms for 80 percussionists and 8.1 surround sound of Macaulay Library recordings;
The City a Radio Radiance commission for Young Peoples Chorus of NYC; We Float, a 2014 commission by Ecstatic Music Festival with singer songwriter Mirah, a sonic retelling of space explorations;
and The Cotabato Sessions , a digital music film and album in collaboration with filmmaker Joel Quizon and National Heritage artist Danongan Kalanduyan that captures one family legacy of gong-chime music in Mindanao, Philippines 2014
Digital Sanctuaries, in collaboration with Cuban American composer/percussionist Roberto Rodriguez , interaction designer Shankari Murali and computer scientist Rommel Feria, , a modular music app walk that remaps cities with sanctuaries of music most recently installed in NYC and Pittsburgh. Digital Sanctuaries was commissioned by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New Music USA, National Endowment for the Arts, Artplace America and The City of Asylum, Pittsburgh 2013 and 2014
2012 London Olympic Festival BT River of Music world premiere of Binalig Blues with Arun Ghosh Arkestra Makara ( a new Pan-Asian Orchestra);
Moon Over Still Waters of a Lost Road ( electro-acoustic music for Arabic ensemble in Bayyati with lyrics by Yusef Komunyakaa) world premiere with Visiting Tarab Project with Tarek Atoui commissioned by the Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah Emirates 2012;
Hidden Truths : Prayer for a Forgotten World, a 5.1 surround sound composition recorded with 7 Filipino Indigenous tribes , performed by Electric Kulintang with Roberto Rodriguez and visual art by Makoto Fujimura world premiere and co-commission for River to River Festival 2012 and Harvestworks Artist in Residency at St Pauls Chapel NY;
Saturnalia , a new music theatre work with Libretto by Yusef Komunyakaa, Directed by Daniel Fish commissioned by Music Theatre Group 2012,
Drum Codes by Roberto Rodriguez and Susie Ibarra for Electric Kulintang commissioned for Lincoln Center Atrium 2011.
Susie Ibarra has recorded over 40 recordings as a leader, collaborator and soloist. She has performed with many artists including Wadada Leo Smith, John Zorn, Pauline Oliveros, Ikue Mori, Roberto Juan Rodriguez, Sylvie Courvoisier, Tania Leon, Juan Sanchez, Anthony Davis, Yusef Komunyakaa, Makoto Fujimura, Trisha Brown, Dave Douglas, Daniel Fish, Mark Dresser, William Parker, Min Xiao Fen, John Lindberg, Kathleen Supove, Jennifer Choi, Bridget Kibbey, Dr. L Subramaniam, Miya Masaoka, George Lewis, Thurston Moore, Sean Lennon, Prefuse 73, Yo La Tengo.
Ibarra can be heard on Drum Sketches solo percussion Innova Records, Folkloriko Susie Ibarra Trio Tzadik Records, Dreaming Wide Awake , Pauline Oliveros Deep Listening Records, Ten Freedom Summers, Wadada Leo Smith, Cuneiform Records, Entomological Reflections Mephista for Tzadik Records , Canciones de Cuna, Mundo Niños, and 2013 Releases of War Horses, Drum Codes by Electric Kulintangon SOTBK Records.