Susie Ibarra

Composer/Percussionist Susie Ibarra creates live and immersive music that explores rhythm, indigenous practices, and interaction with cities and the natural world. Ibarra is a Yamaha, Paiste, and Vic Firth Drum Artist. In 2017, Ibarra will premiere DreamTime Ensemble with a forthcoming new album on Decibel Collective titled Perception, a collection of pieces around the idea of finding unfixed meaning in sensory experiences and interaction in ones environment. Other works include Musical Water Routes in the Medina of Fez, a music and river route mobile app in collaboration with architect Aziza Chaouni; Mirrows and Water, a composition and sonic installation commissioned for Ai Wei Wei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Signs at the sculpture trail of the National Museum of Wildlife Art; Digital Sanctuaries, a modular music app that remaps cities with music sanctuaries to engage with historical and cultural sites; Circadian Rhythms, inspired by endogenous rhythms for 80 percussionists and 8.1 surround sound of Macaulay Library recordings; The City a Radio Radiance; We Float, a sonic retelling of space explorations with singer songwriter Mirah; and The Cotabato Sessions, a digital music film and album that captures one family legacy of gong-chime kulintang music in Mindanao, Philippines. In 2014, she was a TEDSenior Fellow.

She is a faculty member at Bennington College, where she teaches Performance, Percussion, and at the Center for Advancement of Public Action. Her teaching at the Center focuses on her work in rebuilding cities with the arts, art intervention, and advocacy for human rights extended equally to women and girls.