Composer,Percussionist Susie Ibarra is interested in tradition and avant-garde and how this informs and inspires art, education and conservation. Ibarra's music crosses genres of world,jazz, experimental,electronic,and classical.
Recent new works include 2012 BT River of Music London Olympic Festival ,world premiere of Binalig Blues with Arun Ghosh Arkestra Makara; Moon Over Still Waters of a Lost Road world premiere with Visiting Tarab and Tarek Atoui commissioned by the Sharjah Art Foundatiom; Hidden Truths :Prayer for a Forgotten World, a surround sound composition, performed by Electric Kulintang, co-commission for River to River Festival 2012 and Harvestworks NYC; Saturnalia ,a new music theatre work with Libretto by Yusef Komunyakaa, Directed by Daniel Fish work in progress residency by Music Theatre Group 2010-2011, Drum Codes by Roberto Rodriguez and Susie Ibarra for Electric Kulintang for Lincoln Center 2011.
She is a Yamaha, Vic Firth and Paiste Drum Artist, has recorded over 40 recordings as a leader and collaborator. Ibarra can be heard on Drum Sketches solo percussion Innova Records, Folkloriko Susie Ibarra Trio Tzadik Records, Canciones de Cuna, Mundo NiÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â±os, and 2013 Releases of War Horses, Drum Codes by Electric Kulintang on SOTBK Records.
Ibarra is a TED Fellow 2010, Asia 21 Delegate 2010 and recipient of a 2008 Asian Cultural Council/Rockefeller Fellowship. In 2009 Ibarra co-founded Song of the Bird King to foster multi-media art and humanitarian and environmental work that contributes to preservation and innovation with Indigenous communities and childrenÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s education.She is a Bennington Faculty Member of Music and Center for Advancement of Public Action CAPA.
music, art, nature and cities, food, my family, cultivating empathy, water, environmental conservation, human rights, birds and animals, children, beauty
I have come across a few social songs and dances in Indigenous cultures that were originally war songs and dances later adapted for social celebrations. How close or how far are we from assimilating and keeping war so close to our way of life?
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It has been an amazing walk in the TEDFellows program. TED has inspired me continually with its incredible community of people across the world who care. It continues to help me develop potential as a person and to integrate the many facets of living as a musician, performing artist, educator, activist, entrepreneur, conservationist, mother, daughter, wife, sister and friend. I have deep gratitude for this experience and hope to offer my contributions to help make differences for others.
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