Susie Ibarra Quartet : Mysteries of Nature

Friday, February 25, 2011. 8:30 pm

Jennifer Choi-violin, Kathleen Supove- piano, Bridget Kibbey-harp, Susie Ibarra-drumset & percussion

“Ibarra is one of the all too few jazz artists who combine prodigious talent with cultural awareness to create art and make the world a better place in the process” – Elliott Simon AAJ- NY

Virtuosic composer/percussionist Susie Ibarra is an artist known for her innovative style and exquisitely global essence – coupling a profound respect for indigenous musics with a cutting edge sense of the avant-garde. Inspired by the nature of rhythmic cycles in Southern Philippine gong music, Mysteries of Nature is a series of quartets, duos, and solo compositions for violin, piano, harp and percussion exploring the nature of improvisation and how rhythms and chaos interplay in Nature. These compositions are an expression of nostalgia, folklore, laments and admiration by Ibarra for mysteries of nature.

Composer/Percussionist Susie Ibarra resides in New York and has performed as a soloist and collaborator in various configurations. Known for her innovative style Ibarra creates cultural dialogue through her music. She is a Yamaha, Vic Firth and Paiste Artist and has recorded over 40 records as a leader and co-leader. Recent work include : Drum Sketches, solo percussion composed and performed by Ibarra commissioned by Innova Records and The Brecht Forum, Dialects for Electric Kulintang on Plastic Records, Summer Fantasy and Folklore for Susie Ibarra Quartet commissioned by MoMa Summergarden and Jazz at Lincoln Center, A Translation of Silk with Yusef Komunyakaa for poetry, soprano and violin premiered at the Harlem Stage, Canciones de Cuna / Lullabies by Mundo Niños ,Madre Selva a soundtrack video installation by Juan Sanchez in tribute to Ana Mendieta, Kit: Music for Four Pianists commissioned by Ars Nova Workshop, War Horses music by Electric Kulintang and poetry by Yusef Komunyakaa commissioned by Isamu Noguchi Museum, These Trees That Speak commissioned by Ethos Percussion Quartet, Pintados Dream/ The Painteds Dream a concerto for drums , visual art by Makoto Fujimura and chamber orchestra commissioned by American Composers Orchestra and premiered at Zankel Carnegie Hall. In 2004 Ibarra began work in cultural and environmental preservation through with Indigenous and children’s groups in the Philippines, US, Asia/Pacific and globally. She is honored to be a 2010 TED Fellow and 2010 Asia Society Young Leaders Delegate as she continues her documentary work and is creating public service projects in music to support Indigenous communities , peace efforts in conflicted areas and children’s communities in the Asia/Pacific region and US.