Rouse Visiting Artist Lecture: Susie Ibarra, “Listening and Creating Spatially: How do we hear in real life?”


Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 6:30pm to 8:00pm


Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

Composer/Percussionist Susie Ibarra creates music which often navigates how we hear in our environment and how our interdependence with each other and our surroundings informs and shapes these experiences. Ibarra will share several of her music works for performance and sound installations which include Fragility, A Game of Polyrhythms, a conducted game piece for performance which invites the audience to conduct an ensemble through polyrhythms; Music and Water Routes of the Medina of Fez , a music and architecture mobile app in collaboration with architect Aziza Chaouni, mapping with music, water and urban networks of Fez and its urban evolution; and Himalayan Glacier Soundscapes, a collaboration with glaciologist and geomorphologist Michele Koppes, sound recording for both research and installation which maps and records memory and change in the earth and its culture along the Ganges off of Satopanth Glacier.

Susie Ibarra will perform a concert of solo drum set and percussion where audience will sit in the round inside of an 8.1 surround sound system distributing her drums and percussion to the speakers.

Susie Ibarra is a Filipina-American composer, percussionist, and sound artist. Her sound has been described as “a sound like no other’s, incorporating the unique percussion and musical approach of her Filipino heritage with her flowing jazz drumset style” (Modern Drummer Magazine) and her compositions are sometimes described as “calling up the movements of the human body; elsewhere it’s a landscape vanishing in the last light, or the path a waterway might trace” (New York Times). 

This event is free and open to the public. 

Learn more about Susie Ibarra, “Listening and Creating Spatially: How do we hear in real life?”