Fall 2018 September – December

New work development on polyrhythms commissioned by Asia Society and the Artist In Residence program at Pioneer Works

September 29, 2017
Artist Talk @ The Rubin Museum, NYC  6:15-7pm

Oct 3 & 10, 2017
Children’s Gong Orchestra
Workshop for elementary school students
led by Susie Ibarra on Philippine gong-chime music
@ Pioneer Works

Oct 18, 2017
The Stone Music Workshop 4pm- 6:45pm
The College of Performing Arts, The New School

Nov 2, 2017
Tracie Morris and Susie Ibarra Duet
Harvard University

Nov 12, 2017
Second Sundays at Pioneer Works
Artist showing of work in progress

Nov 7-28, 2017 , Pioneer Works, Red Hook, Brooklyn NY
Polyrhythms in Music, Math, Art and Movement
In this intimate one month workshop, participants will build their own instruments and learn to play music rhythmically, melodically, and conceptually. While examining polyrhythms from different musical traditions, participants will follow the traditional constructs of music through mathematics, visual art, and movement.

Nov 29, 2017
New Album Release concert, Perception with DreamTime Ensemble
at Park Church Co-op hosted by Le Poisson Rouge NYC


Dec 2
Work in Progress Performances on Polyrhythm project commissioned by Asia Society and the Artist in Residence program at Pioneer Works 

April 7, 2018
Susie Ibarra Solo
Counterflows Festival, Glasgow Scotland

April 20, 2018
Susie Ibarra and DreamTime Ensemble
National Sawdust , Brooklyn , NY

June 2 & 3, 2018
World Premiere of new work for
PRISM Saxophone Quartet and percussion by Susie Ibarra
in Philadelphia and New York City
Time and Space TBA



Wishing you a terrific summer. We would like to share with you the release of The Cotabato Sessions, a music and film project featuring the music and dance in Mindanao, Philippines

Much Love, Susie

Tonight, we’re celebrating the music release of The Cotabato Sessions music album and film with a NYC film screening and live performance at The Asia Society today hosted by Asia Cinevision and The Asia Societ NYC.. National Heritage artist Danongan Kalanudyan, filmmaker Joel Quizon and musicians/dancers Juliet Cheatle,Alexis Canillo and Roberto J. Rdoriguez will join for traditional and experimental kulintang music. If you are in NYC, we’d love to have you come out. The digital album is available online at iTunes and Amazon. The film will release soon.  I’m also very happy to be supporting the peace initiatives and treaty signed in March moving forward  with the Christian government and Muslim tribes in Mindanao. We will be featuring the culture of Mindanao at the Peace Summit in Seoul this September, and helping communities such as the Maguindanaons featured in this film and album. 

July 22nd 6:30pm
South Street Seaport (Corner of Fulton and Front Streets)

A Digital Roadmap Event:
Big Ideas for Smart Cities:  Open Space and Place Making
Hosted by SHoP Architects, Droga5 and Downtown Alliance

Please join us for this public conversation about the role of technology in the public realm, followed by a modular music app walk with Digital Sanctuaries.

June 21, 2014 Digital Sanctuaries, NYC will be leading 3 group music mobile app walks in Lower Manhattan

Free to the Public, Please sign up to reserve for one of the walks

Don’t forgot to bring your headphones!

RSVP forms for 3 different Digital Sanctuaries walks in NYC

Composer & Percussionists: Susie Ibarra and Roberto Rodriguez Visual Art: Makoto Fujimura Interaction Design:  Shankari Murali

Download the app here:

June 21 at 1:00pm at India House
June 21 at 3:00pm at Peter Minuit Plaza
June 21 at 5:00pm at Tear Drop Park

Commissioned by New Music USA’s Commissioning Music/USA program , The MAPFund and presented as part of Make Music New York

Digital Sanctuaries, NYC is an urban music mobile app walk that brings 12 sanctuaries of music to 12 historic sites in Lower Manhattan. Digital Sanctuaries, NYC invites the public to join on a virtual pilgrimage through the built environment of a cityscape, discovering meditative spaces in unexpected places, marked by an ever-changing musical score. As the audience engages with the music in each place, they are encouraged to discover the hidden qualities of the world.

I’m happy to be invited to perform a residency of music at NYC’s lower east side venue, The Stone. In rare occasion, I’m going to play what I call a 12 set music meditation for 6 nights , where I don’t repeat myself.  I’m really lucky to play with all of these stellar musicians and poets.  Its all small ensemble music – chamber jazz , electronic, world, percussion ensemble, first meeting duet improvisations and I end with solo music. If you are in NYC , hope to see you!
See for the full schedule.


If you are in LA this weekend, I would love to invite you out to the premiere and screening of

The Cotabato Sessions at the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, Saturday May 10th @ 5:30pm.

Click here for more details on The Cotabato Sessions at the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival

I am also inviting traditional Maguindanaon artist Danny Kalanduyan to perform. Danny will perform solo, we’ll play duet and there will be a Q and A after the film with Director Joel Quizon

Thank you again to all of you who kickstarted and funded the post production to help make this happen! The official release of the digital album and film.

Will keep you all posted for the NYC release and screening in late July this summer!


If you are in NYC please come out to this special premiere of a new collaboration with Singer/Songwriter Mirah  titled We Float

MARCH 1 Concert in NYC, Mirah and Susie Ibarra premiere for the Ecstatic Music Festival, Merkin Concert Hall, NYC

Thank  thecotabatosessionsyou to all of you who have supported the project, 
The Cotabato Sessions on Kickstarter!  We are thrilled to let you know that as of today we have officially successfully funded the project.   Song of the Bird King Music will be releasing the full length digital download music album and short film of the Kalanduyan family , a music legacy in Mindanao end of April 2014!
 We have so much gratitude to all of you who have made it happen.  Stay tuned for release events in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Manila and Cotabato City!  We are taking polls, please let us know where you would like to hear and see The Cotabato Sessions .

FEBRUARY 8 , 2014

Thank you everyone for your wonderful support! As we are starting up our second week, help us reach our goal of 400 new backers! We are offering a special premium reward at $25. You can now have the choice of choosing between the album or film download. Only two weeks to go before our kickstarter campaign ends. Help us reach our goal of $15,000 by February 22nd. With your support we can do it!  

Thank you for spreading the word!

Warm Regards,

Susie and Joel

Song of the Bird King Music and Form Follows Function Film

Links to The Cotabato Sessions: