Susie Ibarra

30 Nov 2016


Susie Ibarra. Photo courtesy of the Banff Centre.

Susie Ibarra is known for her innovative style and cultural dialogue as a composer, improviser, percussionist, and humanitarian. She is interested in the intersection of tradition and avant-garde and how this informs and inspires interdisciplinary art, education, and public service. In most recent years Ibarra has been developing composition and improvisation that blends traditions and crosses rhythms and tunings of Asia Pacific, Middle East, Americas, Europe and Africa. Recent new works include the 2012 London Olympic Festival BT River of Music world premiere of Binalig Blues with Arun Ghosh Arkestra Makara (a new Pan-Asian Orchestra) and Moon Over Still Waters of a Lost Road (electro-acoustic music for Arabic ensemble in Bayyati, with lyrics by Yusef Komunyakaa). In 2009, Ibarra co-founded Song of the Bird King, to foster multimedia art and humanitarian and environmental work that contributes to preservation and innovation with indigenous communities and children's education. She actively performs, archives and teaches in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East. Ibarra served as a Performance LOI panelist for the Center in 2014.