Susie Ibarra

Composer/Improviser/Percussionist Susie Ibarra actively composes and performs music as a soloist, collaborator, with and for ensembles that are instrumental, vocal and interdisciplinary.

Concerts, Compositions, Recordings

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, Rhythm Cycles, solo drumset
commissioned performance by the Bagri Foundation
for At the Cutting Edge Series , November 2019
to be released digitally 2020 and LP on OTO Projects, London UK

Pulsation by Susie Ibarra commission for Kronos Quartet
50 for the Future Kronos Learning Repertoire
Released Feb 6, 2020

The Himalayas by Susie Ibarra for Splice Explores
Released March 14, 2020

Fragility Etudes by Susie Ibarra for the Asia Society Triennial 2020-2021
November 20, 2020

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

When The Storm Fades
Festival Release 2018
Directed by Sean Devlin, Film Score by Susie Ibarra

Talking Gong
Commission by SUNY New Paltz and the Look and Listen Festival 2018
For Alex Peh, Claire Chase, Susie Ibarra

Procession Along the Aciga Tree
Commission for PRISM Saxophone Quartet + percussion

Flower of Sulphur
2018 Album Release on Thrill Jockey Records
Yunohana Variations
Featuring YoshimiO , Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Susie Ibarra



Water Rhythms

Water Rhythms
Susie Ibarra & Michele Koppes
at Fridman Gallery, Beacon New York

October 30 – December 19, 2021

475 Main Street | Beacon, NY
Opening reception: Saturday, October 30 6–8 pm

Performance by Susie Ibarra and Immanuel Wilkins: Friday, December 10, 8pm
(held at the Howland Center)

Fridman Gallery is pleased to announce Water Rhythms, an exhibition at its Beacon location, presenting a recent series of sewn paintings by Paolo Arao and an eponymous multi-channel sound installation by Susie Ibarra and Michele Koppes.

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July, 2021

SoundLives New Music Box Podcast
Susie Ibarra : Hybrid Culture
Transcript Page on New Music USA


July 17th, 2021
The Sultan Room NYC 9:30pm
Yonatan Gat presents VISUAELS
Red Medicine ( Eastern Medicine Singers)
Oliver Ackermann
Brian Chase
Christopher Pravoica
Yonatan Gat
Opening Set by Susie Ibarra Solo and Collaborations


August 9-14th, 2021
Jazz Danmark Summer Session
Susie Ibarra is teaching 2021 Summer Sessions at Jazz Danmark alongside guest
artists/ teachers Bill Frisell, Anat Cohen, David Virelles, Immanuel Wilkins, Kenny Wolleson, Thomas Morgan


October 12-15, 2021
TED Countdown Summit on Climate Change
Edinburgh, Scotland
Water Rhythms Listening Room installation
by Susie Ibarra and Michele Koppes commissioned by TED for installation

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