June 2021 premieres and concerts

Talking Gong

Susie Ibarra: Talking Gong with Claire Chase and Alex Peh
Wednesday, June 9, 2021. 8:00 pm

limited seating live performance and live stream

Composer and percussionist Susie Ibarra returns to Roulette with Talking Gong featuring flutist Claire Chase and pianist Alex Peh. This dynamic trio emerged out of the premiere of the title piece commissioned for SUNY New Paltz in 2018 when Ibarra was Davenport Composer in Residence, and the release of their album Talking Gong on New Focus Recordings this January 2021.

Talking Gong will perform an evening program of music featuring compositions by Ibarra from their album, as well as Ibarra’s series of solos as bird songs of the sunbird, hummingbird and kingfisher for piano, flute and drums. The trio will also perform an excerpt of Pauline Oliveros, The Witness, a trans-species opera, a biocentric experiment for humans and non-humans, combining deep listening, conscious movement and “blue hour” (dawn) light. Peh and Chase will perform a duet inspired by the black bird, The Merle Noir, by Olivier Messiaen. Amidst the program are conduction pieces by Ibarra , a mixture of motivic scores and improvisation that highlight the trio’s unique sound world and musical chemistry.

Claire Chase – piccolo, flute, alto and bass flutes
Alex Peh – piano
Susie Ibarra – drumset, kulintang, gandingan, agong, and percussion

with special guest Senem Pirler on electronics joining us for The Witness.

UNDRUM Festival UNDRUM Festival

UNDRUM Festival presented by Architek Percussion and Suoni Per Il Popolo
June 13th Susie Ibarra premieres solo percussion work , RITWAL

filmed by Tony Cenicola and recorded by Jake Landau

Fragility Etudes

Fragility Etudes by Susie Ibarra
Asia Society Triennial 2021

June 17th, 2021
New York time ET

Watch Live with Q and A afterwards

Fragility Etudes features a series of musical compositions by composer and percussionist Susie Ibarra. The pieces are studies into a world of sound that reflect humanity’s interdependence and mutual existence alongside the natural environment. Ibarra’s dynamic score explores this interconnectedness through polyrhythms and concepts from the physics of glass.

Fragility Etudes is performed by an ensemble of renowned musicians conducted by Ibarra. The filming of the performance at MASS MoCA is directed by multimedia artist Yuka C. Honda. Ibarra’s research in physics and music was conducted in collaboration with physicist Bernard Grossman.

Following the performance, join us for a Q&A with artist Susie Ibarra moderated by Sarah McCaffery, manager, interdisciplinary arts.

This event will be livestreamed on Asia Society’s YouTube page.

Performance duration: 40 minutes
Created by Susie Ibarra

Ensemble performance and soloists
Jennifer Choi: violin
Daniel Louis Doña: viola
Yuka C. Honda: electronics
Susie Ibarra: drum set and percussion
Jake Landau: pianos and pianet
Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe: voice and modular synthesizers

Recorded by sound engineer Eli Crews
Film directed by Yuka C. Honda
Director of photography Joseph Conroy

This work was commissioned by Asia Society Museum, New York, for the inaugural Asia Society Triennial: We Do Not Dream Alone. Supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The filming and recording of Fragility Etudes were created with the generous support of an artist residency at MASS MoCA (North Adams, Massachusetts).

Special thanks to

Director of Performing Arts + Film at MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA, Sue Killam
Production Manager of Performing Arts and Film at MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA, Tim Envoy
Director of Artist Services at MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA, Meghan Labbee