February 2008

Settlement Music School416 Queen Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $20 General Admission
Friday, February 8, 2008 - 8:00pm

The Music of Susie Ibarra

Susie Ibarra, percussion + composer
Emily Manzo, piano
Angelica Sanchez, piano
Jade Simmons, piano
Kathleen Supove, piano
Roberto Rodriguez, percussion
Ashley Deekus, percussion
Gabe Globus-Hoenich, percussion
Patricia Franceschy, percussion
Dan Capechi, percussion

Please join us for this very special event showcasing the music of percussionist and composer Susie Ibarra. Tonight's concert will feature These Trees That Speak for percussion quartet, the world premiere of Kit: Music for Four Pianists, and the music of Electric Kulintang for percussion duo, plus a new solo drum kit piece performed by Susie Ibarra.

Filipina-American composer and percussionist Susie Ibarra has emerged as one of the leading current jazz drummers of her time.  Ibarra studied drumming and percussion with Milford Graves and Vernel Fournier, and later with Denis Charles.  She also learned and performed in several percussion groups, including gamelan (Balinese and Javanese) and Philippine kulintang ensembles. A resident of New York throughout the 1990s, Ibarra became well known as a member of the David S. Ware Quartet and ensembles led by Matthew Shipp and William Parker.  In 1998, she was awarded Best New Talent of the Year by Jazziz Magazine. The New York Times said about Ibarra: "In the past decade, her willingness to step out from behind the kit and embrace non jazz forms - opera, poetry, experimental sound, dance - has taken her from that initial buzz from below Houston Street to international renown as a composer, performer and proponent of folkloric music."

Recently, she performed the premiere of her American Composers Orchestra commissioned solo drumset piece entitled Optical Illusion: 4 Meditations in Light at Zankel Carnegie Hall. Several other current works include Shangri-La, a collaboration with Pulitzer Prize poet and librettist Yusef Komunyakaa, and Dreams, etudes for her trio. She has toured extensively in the US, Europe and Asia as well as performed and recorded with noted artists such as John Zorn, Dave Douglas, Pauline Oliveros, Trisha Brown, Wadada Leo Smith, Yo La Tengo, and Yusef Komunyakjaa.

This performance is made possible by the generous support of the American Composers Forum, Philadelphia Chapter and by a grant from the Philadelphia Music Project, a program of the Philadelphia Center for Arts and Heritage, funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and administered by The University of the Arts.