Susie Ibarra



Susie Ibarra is a percussionist, composer, and humanitarian. Her work spans multiple soundscapes and backgrounds: most prevalent are the indigenous sounds from the Philippines and other East Asian cultures, experimental, jazz, electronic, and improvisation. She often works within the genre of Pilipino indigenous music and has received multiple grants for her work in public service projects regarding environmental preservation and environmental disaster relief.


She recently created an orchestral piece that was shown at the 2012 London Olympic Festival BT River of Music world premiere of Binalig Blues with Arun Ghosh Arkestra Makara. She is a Yamaha, Vic Firth and Paiste Drum Artist and has recorded over 40 recordings as a leader, collaborator and soloist. She has performed with many artists including Wadada Leo Smith, John Zorn, Pauline Oliveros, Ikue Mori, Roberto Juan Rodriguez, Sylvie Courvoisier, Tania Leon,  Juan Sanchez, Anthony Davis, Yusef Komunyakaa, Makoto Fujimura, Trisha Brown, Dave Douglas, Daniel Fish, Mark Dresser, William Parker, Min Xiao Fen, John Lindberg, Kathleen Supove, Jennifer Choi, Bridget Kibbey,  Dr. L Subramaniam, Miya Masaoka, George Lewis,  Thurston Moore, Sean Lennon, Prefuse 73, Yo La Tengo.


Ibarra is a 2013 MAP Fund Grantee, 2010 TED Fellowship recipient, 2014 TED Senoir Fellow, 2010 Asia 21 Delegate, and 2008 recipient of the 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. She works with musician Roberto Rodriguez to help lead a children’s world music group Mundo Niños that teaches and performs music with children from elementary to highschool. She actively performs, archives and teaches in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East.  In 2012, Ibarra became a Faculty member at Bennington College in the Music Department and Center for Advancement of Public Action CAPA.