Acclaimed jazz and experimental musician Susie Ibarra will premiere new work at SUNY New Paltz

The SUNY New Paltz Department of Music is pleased to announce that the world premiere performance of Susie Ibarra’s “Talking Gong,” for flute, percussion and piano, will take place in Studley Theatre on the New Paltz campus on Saturday, March 10, at 8 p.m.

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The performance will also feature 2012 McArther Genius Grant recipient Claire Chase, who joins Ibarra in helping the College inaugurate the new Davenport Mainstage Series focusing on new American music.

Ibarra is a composer and percussionist and a major figure in the New York City jazz and experimental music community. She was named “Best Percussionist” in the 2010 DownBeat magazine International Readers Poll, was a featured performer at the 2012 London Olympic Games, and has worked and performed alongside luminaries including Pauline Oliveros, John Zorn, Wadada Leo Smith, Craig Taborn and Mark Ribot.

Ibarra’s compositions and performance often blend Filipino folkloric and indigenous music traditions with jazz, classical, opera, electronic and avant-garde styles.

Her newest work, “Talking Gong,” was written for collaborative performance with Alex Peh, pianist and assistant professor in the Department of Music at SUNY New Paltz, and Claire Chase, a 2012 MacArthur Genius award recipient and 2017 Avery Fisher Career Prize winner.

“I am excited to write this special composition for Alex Peh, inspired by the gong chime culture of Southeast Asia and particularly the rhythms and language of the Philippine Maguindanaon talking gongs, the gandingan, which were originally used not only to play music but also to speak language,” Ibarra said.

Ibarra has dedicated the piece to master Philippine Kulintang artist, Danongan Kalanduyan.

“I am inspired by Susie’s deep cultural connection with her Filipino heritage and the ways in which this connection permeates her boundary-breaking work as a Jazz percussionist, composer, and improviser,” Peh said.

Photo credit: Marc Perlish

Claire Chase is a renowned flautist, composer and advocate for new and experimental music. She is the founder of the International Contemporary Ensemble, an American Music Center Trailblazer Award-winning collective that has premiered more than 800 works since its inception in 2001.

Chase will perform a portion of a newly commissioned piece by Marcos Balter, titled “PAN,” for solo flute and community participation.

This exciting evening of new American music will take place on March 10, 2018, at 8 p.m. at Studley Theatre on the SUNY New Paltz campus. Purchase tickets here.

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