Tuesday, June 15, 2010


Susie Ibarra is a Filipino American Percussionist, composer, and improviser of jazz, opera, experimental, and avant-garde music. She is probably best known for her work as a free jazz drummer, and is noted for her dynamic range and expressive technique, as well as her incorporation of diverse styles and influences, such as kulintang, gamelan, spoken word and electronica. She was voted "Rising Star" in the 57th Annual Critics Poll (2009) of DownBeat Magazine in the Percussion category.

She learned to play piano as a child, and played drums for a punk rock band while in high school. While at Sarah Lawrence College in the late 1980s, Ibarra attended a Sun Ra performance which she has credited with kindling her interest in jazZ.

she now resides in New York City. An international artist she has performed and collaborated with such noted artists as Pauline Oliveros, John Zorn, Dave Douglas, Yusef Komunyakaa, Trisha Brown, Tania Leon, Derek Bailey, Ikue Mori, Sylvie Courvoisier, William Parker, Dr. L Subramaniam, Kavita Krishnamurti, Wadada Leo Smith, Mark Dresser,humanfolk, Arto Lindsay, Thurston Moore, Prefuse 73, and Yo La Tengo. She received her music diploma from the Mannes College of Music and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Goddard College. Her teachers include Milford Graves, Vernel Fournier, Buster Smith, and Philippine Kulintang with Danongan Kalanduyan and the Kalanduyan family. Ibarra was a 2008 recipient of the Asian Cultural Council Philippine Fellowship

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