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Susie Ibarra

Susie Ibarra is, Composer/Percussionist and Faculty in Music and Advancement in Public Action at Bennington College.  Ibarra creates live and immersive music that explores rhythm , indigenous practices and interaction with cities and the natural world.  With Bennington students, Ibarra founded a Sister City Partnership with Tagum City , Mindanao and Bennington Vermont in education and cultural exchange.  At the Center for Advancement of Public Action her work and teaching focus on Rebuilding Cities with the Arts, Art in the Public Realm and Human Rights extended equally to women and girls. Her work includes Mirrors 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, Jackson, Wyoming 2015; Digital Sanctuaries, a modular music app walk that remaps cities with sanctuaries of music and engages with historical and cultural sites within a city with music composed by Electric Kulintang commissioned by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and City of Asylum Pittsburgh; Circadian Rhythms, commissioned for Earth Day 2013 at Renssalear RPI EMPAC inspired by endogenous rhythms for 80 percussionists and 8.1 surround sound of Macaulay Library recordings; The City a Radio Radiance commission for Young Peoples Chorus of NYC; We Float, a 2014 commission by Ecstatic Music Festival with singer songwriter Mirah,  a sonic retelling of space explorations; and The Cotabato Sessions , a digital music film and album that captures one family legacy of gong-chime kulintang music in Mindanao, Philippines . Susie Ibarra is a Yamaha, Paiste and Vic Firth Drum Artist. She is a 2014 TEDSenior Fellow. See also Susieibarra.com

Position

Composer and Percussionist / Faculty member in Music and the Center for Advancement in Public Action, Bennington College

Expertise

  • Southeast Asia
  • Asia
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