Violinist/composer/improviser Billy Bang performs with Susie Ibarra on drums and Patricia Nicholson, dance.
Billy Bang was born Billy Walker on September 20, 1947 in Mobile, Alabama. Billy studied violin as a youngster growing up in New York’s South Bronx. In the early 60′ s he abandoned the violin for percussion, getting into Afro-Cuban rhythms. Drafted to Vietnam, he had a political awakening and returned to America to throw himself into the anti-war movement. When he began to play music again in 1971, he experimented with saxophones, but came back to the violin, recognizing that this was where his technical facility lay. Bang became known as an associate of component of the celebrated Loft scene. In the early 70’s he formed the String Trio Of New York. Associates with Sun. Ra, Don Cherry, Marilyn Crispell and James Blood Ulmer were also productive. Like other musicians of his generation, Bang refuses categories; from elegant free jazz and austere art music to playing on Bootsy Collin’s comeback album. In 1988 Bang toured Europe and recorded with a quartet that comprised Charles, Lowe and Sirone. —Bio as of 2010
Susie Ibarra is a composer and percussionist. She 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. She is a 2014 TEDSenior Fellow. Ibarra has performed with luminaries such as Pauline Oliveros, NEA heritage artist Danongan Kalanduyan, John Zorn, Wadada Leo Smith, Dave Douglas, Tania Léon, Ikue Mori, Yusef Komunyakaa, Yuka Honda, Sylvie Courvoisier, Trisha Brown, Derek Bailey, Marc Ribot, Jennifer Choi, Craig Taborn, Mali singer-songwriter Mamadou Kelley and Hamdcha Sufi Group of Fez, Morocco. —Bio as of 2019