March 3, 2021
Splice Explores : Water Rhythms
Sound Pack Release Date on Splice Explores

Water Rhythms is a hybrid soundpack of water and drums created by Susie Ibarra (composer, percussionist, sound artist) and recorded with sound engineers Jake Landau and Eli Crews. She explores this soundscape through field recordings, acoustic drums and percussion and Sunhouse sensory percussion. Susie Ibarra is a Zildjian, Vic Firth and Yamaha drum artist.

These field recordings come from the sound archive of her collaborative art and science project, Water Rhythms: Listening to Climate Change with Michele Koppes (climate scientist, geographer). They have collected these recordings in some of the worlds most important water towers, the Indian Himalayas, Northwest Coast Mountains, and the Greenland Ice Sheet.

Water Rhythms is a story told by the sounds of ice and water, and speaks to the rapid change and depletion of our glaciers and freshwater sources worldwide. Only 2.5% of water on Earth is freshwater, and of this, 99% comes from glaciers and ice sheets. As glaciers disappear as response to climate change, water availability and water quality are being threatened for the billions who live downstream.

Through the immersive experience of “bathing” in these disappearing water rhythms, Water Rhythms hopes to invite the listener into a deeper contemplation of the ways in which we are intertwined by freshwater, it’s beauty and fragility.


April 1, 2021
Listening to Climate Change Podcast
Water Rhythms by Michele Koppes and Susie Ibarra
with Counterflows At Home, Glasgow UK
Streaming for the month of April


April 19, 2021
Susie Ibarra Talking Gong
featuring Claire Chase -flutes , Alex Peh piano
Bennington College live stream concert
Bennington College, VT


April 23, 2021
Walking on Water. Album Release Date
Susie Ibarra & Makoto Fujimura
Innova Records and Culture Care Creative Inc.

Featuring DreamTime Ensemble and soundscapes from the Himalayan glaciers on the recordings, Ibarra scores an album of Spirituals inspired and created for the paintings of Makoto Fujimura. These series of paintings were originally created as an elegy for the victims of 3/11/2011 Tohoku Great Earthquake and Tsunami and now through collaboration has become an elegy to the climate change crisis as well as an homage to human resilience of hope in dire circumstances.


June 17, 2021
Fragility Etudes, Susie Ibarra
Asia Society Triennial 2021

Fragility Etudes is a performance of a series of music compositions by composer/percussionist Susie Ibarra that examine the nature of polyrhythms and interdependence through the lens of glass physics. Commissioned by Asia Society NY and Creative Common Ground Ibarra presents these musical pieces as studies into a world of sound that reflects humanity’s interdependence and mutual existence alongside the natural environment.

Fragility Etudes will be performed by an ensemble of musicians conducted by Ibarra. The filming of this performance is directed by multimedia artist Yuka C. Honda. Susie Ibarra’s research in physics and music is conducted in collaboration with physicist Bernard Grossman. The video of the performance piece, Fragility Etudes, is created in support with an artist residency at MassMoCA.


June 2021
Susie Ibarra Solo
Release date TBA, to be streamed 2021 summer
Commission for the UnDrum Festival , Montreal CA
produced by Architek Percussion and Festival Suoni Per II Popolo


So happy about to be sitting #3 on list between several wonderful musicians!

“This riveting set from Susie Ibarra has a talkative disposition, even when its overall mood is contemplative. Whether she’s playing solos, duets, or trios with pianist Alex Peh and flutist Claire Chase, the percussionist speaks with a language all her own. The music here has a sense of tension and release that is positively addictive.”

January 22, 2021
Talking Gong, Susie Ibarra

Talking Gong by Susie Ibarra

Album Release on New Focus Recordings , available worldwide to buy/stream
digital and limited edition vinyl

Composer and percussionist Susie Ibarra releases a portrait album featuring solos, duets and trios with her new trio. Talking Gong with Claire Chase and Alex Peh will be released in digital and limited edition vinyl formats. Ibarra’s work melds influences from her Filipina heritage with her uniquely virtuosic approach to the drum set and sound collage.

 Talking Gong, Susie Ibarra


February 5 – March 31, 2021
Ione’s 26th Annual Dream Festival


World-wide dream action theater including performances, virtual music and literary launchings, art exhibitions, round table discussions, citywide and international ephemeral and long lasting dream events.

The Ministry of Maåt provides Spiritual, Educational and Holistic support for women and the full spectrum of cultural and gender identities. MoM nurtures creativity in multiple art forms as a foundation of the organization. We consistently wish to honor Black and Brown Histories and Futures.

The Ministry of Maåt (MoM) is a 501c3 Charitable Organization incorporated in the State of New York in 1997.

“Dream Community is a beautiful thing. It is our deepest source of creativity and our deepest form of democracy. We are all automatically members of this community, and we share the dream dimensions whether we are rich or poor, young or old. We dream in Angola and we dream in New York City. We dream in all weathers and through all the varying events and emotions of our lives. We are all dreamers. Because of this, dream sharing is an extraordinarily effective way of communing with other humans.” Ione (Excerpt from Listening in Dreams

Playlist this week on ICareifYouListen , ListnUp #UnevenMeasures
Thank you Amanda Cook and I care if you Listen. Happy to share these beautiful artists on this weeks playlist as part of Uneven Measures. I chose these pieces for my playlist because they’re like spirituals that I listen to that keep me grounded and close to nature.

ListN Up: Susie Ibarra (October 23, 2020)


Water Rhythms : listening to climate change
Public installations and Story maps
TED Senior Fellows Susie Ibarra and Michele Koppes launched their immersive artwork: Water Rhythms: Listening to Climate Change – two sonic waterfall installations, as part of a global art action on climate change for TED Countdown on Climate Change.

So excited to launch both our public art install with Fine Acts and TED Countdownalong with the Water Rhythms STory Maps on ESRI Maps. These SToryMaps contain photos, video, audio field recordings and maps of 5 water towers that Michele Koppes and Ihave been recording along with our sound and science teams. Although we are on pause from th efield, we will be back up at a safer moment to recofrd at the source of the Ganges of Satopanth and Gangotri Glacier. This is the first for us to share our field work publicly from the last 4 years and we will be adding to the story map rhythm transcriptions, more recordings, and writing aobut the work of listenin gto climate change through water rhythms. Thank you to everyone on our teams , Nat Geo, TED , Asian Cultural Council, Fine Acts and Splice.

Water Rhythms Story Maps


Rhythm Cycles, new drum solo digital release on OTO Projects UK. November 23, 2021

Susie Ibarra, Rhythm Cycles, drum solo

Excited to release this solo album commissioned by the Bagri Foundation in London and performed and recorded at the wonderful Cafe OTO in Dalston.



Walking on Water, Ibarra’s first set of spirituals composed and to be recorded is commissioned by Culture Care Inc. for visual artist Makoto Fujimura’s paintings Walking on Water to be released 2020 digitally and for installation to accompany the paintings

painting by Makoto Fujimura

Susie Ibarra is honored and excited to be a 2020 National Geographic Explorer Grantee in Storytelling for her project Water Rhythms: Himalayan Glacier Soundscapes in collaboration with Michele Koppes and their sound and science team. More on this and story map coming soon!

She is also very honored and happy to announce as of Dec 2019, she has signed with Zildjian Cymbals. Susie Ibarra plays Constantinople Rennaissance and Medium Rides and 14 inch hihats, Kerope K 18 and 19 cymbals, Zildjian Sweet Ride K 23 ” and Sweet K crash, and some fabulous prototype small cymbals cut as bells. The instruments are beautiful. More on these instruments both cymbals and gongs soon!

Fragility Etudes will premiere and be performed by Susie Ibarra and DreamTime Ensemble for the Asia Society Triennial 2020-2021, on Nov 20, 2020

Asia Society Triennial 2020-2021,

MXTX A Cross Border Exchange
Golden Hornet commissions Susie Ibarra to compose a work alongside 11 other composers for an ensemble from Mexico and Texas . “MXTX will be a live performance, album and an open- source audio sample library crossing physical and social boundaries.” Premieres will be Mexico City, Austin and Marfa, Texas in 2021.

San Francisco Girls Chorus commission Susie Ibarra as composer in residence fall 2020 for a new work for the SF Girls Chorus School to premiere Spring 2021

Rouse Vistiing Artist Lecture and Solo Surround Sound Performance: Susie Ibarra
Harvard Graduate School of Design November 2019

Harvard GSD Event Nov 2019

Article for Harvard GSD about the work of Susie Ibarra by Sala Elise Patterson

Interview with Susie Ibarra by Chelsea Pettitt , Head of Arts , Bagri Foundation for
At the Cutting Edge Series, London UK Nov 2019

Interview with Susie Ibarra by Ayesha Chugh for the Splice Blog 2018

i’m excited to be working with


I’ve launched two sound packs on their Splice Originals label . Producers and musicians can play my sounds 🙂 . I will be launching two more packs of Himalayan sounds in the fall on their Creator Series.

Susie Ibarra Sound Packs with Splice

Experimental Percussion Sounds with Susie Ibarra

Susie Ibarra Percussion Template

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Thank you to Harvestworks and Asia Society and to all the musicians in DreamTime Ensemble for such a lovely afternoon concert for the New York Electronic Arts Festival , this last Saturday July 13 on Governors Island !  We had such a great time performing the game piece Fragility: A Game of Polyrhythms with the audience. Here are some pictures of the event taken by photographer Ellen Wallop for Asia Society.

June 1 – August 11 
Physical and Digital: multifaceted visions in electronic art, an exhibition with Julia SinelnikovaAmy YoungsLoVidZahra PoonawalaAlexander HahnSusie IbarraMichael SchumacherMorehshin Allahyari and Amanda Gutiérrez @ Building 10a Nolan Park Governors Island

July 13, 2019 @ 3 pm @ Building 10a Nolan Park Governors Island. FREE

In conjunction with the NYEAF 2019 Fragility installation, drummer and composer Susie Ibarra 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. Presented in partnership with Asia Society.


July 27th, 2019 7pm Saturday


22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn, NY 11201

ISSUE presents a special “end of season” program gathering three singular artists working across avant-garde rhythmic music. The evening showcases Actress, the alias of British electronic musician and producer Darren J. Cunningham — widely celebrated for hybridizing known genres within electronic music and operating on the cutting-edge of club culture. Composer, percussionist, and sound artist Susie Ibarrapresents “Rhythm Cycles (for Drumset),” while “rhythmanalyst” Speaker Music (DeForrest Brown Jr.) premieres a new piece “Her Velocity; like a foreign (after)image, renders her opaque.”


August 11, 2019 ,

Yoshi’s , 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland CA


DOORS: 6:30 PM / SHOW: 7:00 PM

Line-up: David Harrington (violin) John Sherba (violin) Hank Dutt (viola) & Sunny Yang (cello)

World Premiere, Pulsation by Susie Ibarra


September 6, 2019

Susie Ibarra , solo drums & percussion

2019 Hopscotch Music Festival, Raleigh, North Carolina


November 7, 2019 , Cafe Oto , London UK

Bagri Foundation Music Series:  At the Cutting Edge

Susie Ibarra, solo drums & percussion


November 14, 2019

PASIC Percussive Arts Society, Indianapolis, IN

Focus Day Event:  Susie Ibarra , solo drums and percussion

Film Festival releases this fall 2018!  Im honored to have created the film score for Sean Devlin’s beautiful film.

When the Storm Fades