|Biography||Susie Ibarra is a Filipinx composer, drummer/percussionist, and sound artist who creates live and immersive music that invites people to connect to their natural and built environments. Susie is passionate about working to support Indigenous music and culture (musika katatubo in the Philippines) and advocating for preserving freshwater through sound recording and research|
around glaciers and fresh water. New works include album releases a composer portrait album, Talking Gong, featuring her trio with Claire Chase and Alex Peh on New Focus Recordings (Jan 2021) in which the title piece is inspired by traditional Maguindanaon gandingan talking gongs; Walking on Water, Innova Records (April 2021) a series of spirituals performed by her band DreamTime Ensemble created with the paintings of Makoto Fujimura in homage to survivors and those losts in 3/11 and the great earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku Japan and to those affected by the climate crisis and Fragility Etudes which features a series of musical compositions which are studies into a world of sound that reflect humanity's interdependence and mutual existence alongside the natural environment. In Fragility Etudes Ibarra’s dynamic score explores this interconnectedness through polyrhythms and concepts from the physics of glass. Alongside climate scientist, glaciologist Dr. Michele Koppes, Ibarra field records and creates works titled Water Rhythms: Listening to Climate Change , where they map from source to sink several of the largest water towers of glaciers and glacier melt to tell the story of the dualness of water, the universal connector of nature and humans. Ibarra is a 2020 National Geographic Explorer in Storytelling, a 2019 United States Artist Fellow in Music, 2018 Asian Cultural Council Scholar supported by the Rockefeller Foundation. She is a Senior TED Fellow and a Yamaha, Zildjian and Vic Firth Drum Artist.