Susie Ibarra Rhythm in Nature Workshop

  • July 15, 2023 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • PS21 Grounds

    2980 New York 66
    Chatham, New York 12037
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Rhythm in Nature Community Listening Lab

Susie Ibarra, Jake Landau, and the Rhythm In Nature Residency will hold a Community Listening Lab at PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century on Saturday, July 15, from 9:30 AM-12 PM, followed by a community discussion.


Led by composer/percussionist Susie Ibarra and co-produced by multi-instrumentalist, sound engineer, and field recordist Jake Landau, the Rhythm in Nature Residency at PS21 runs from July 13-15, 2023, with an international community of artists studying and interpreting the rhythms of diverse habitats. In addition to music, sound, and wellness workshops with guest artist/teachers Phyllis Chen, Tashi Dorji, Nico Chkifi, Martha Cheo, and Dalia David, each morning Ibarra and Landau will lead workshops on field recording and listening along the Stony Kill creek and the PS21 grounds.


Community Day Participants will meet at PS21 at 9:30 AM on July 15 and will walk as a group to the Stony Kill where Ibarra, Landau, and the Rhythm In Nature Residency attendees will offer insights and instruction into field recording practices and techniques. Rhythm in Nature participants will lead the community in making field recordings and listening to the surrounding environment, with a focus on water and bird song, using handheld Zoom Field Recorders, stereo microphones, directional microphones, and hydrophones.


Community members are encouraged to bring their own headphones (cabled, not bluetooth).


Participants will walk along the Stony Kill and through the fields and forested areas of PS21’s grounds, transitioning through a spectrum of natural acoustic ecosystems, including water, woodlands, and meadows, exploring a range of sites for bird song, and returning to PS21’s open-air pavilion theater. In the theater, where bird song continues to be filtered through the natural amplification of the space, Rhythm In Nature Residency attendees will talk to the community about field recording and listening, and will lead a Q&A.


The residency culminates in the world premiere of Ibarra’s Four Meditations on Impermanence, featuring special guest artists Tashi Dorji and Phyllis Chen with the Rhythm in Nature Artists Ensemble and local guest ensembles at 7 PM.


About Susie Ibarra

Susie Ibarra is a Filipinx composer, percussionist, and sound artist. Her interdisciplinary practice spans formats, including performance, mobile sound-mapping applications, multi-channel audio installations, recording, and documentary. Many of Ibarra’s projects are based in cultural and environmental preservation: she has worked to support Indigenous and traditional music cultures, such musika katatubo from the North and South Philippine islands; her sound research advocates for the stewardship of glaciers and freshwaters; and she collaborates with The Joudour Sahara Music Program in Morocco on initiatives that preserve sound-based heritage with sustainable music practices and support the participation of women and girls in traditional music communities.


Ibarra is the recipient of the Foundation For Contemporary Arts Award in Music/ Sound (2022), the National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship (2020); United States Artists Fellowship in Music (2019); the Asian Cultural Council Fellowship (2018); and the TED Senior Fellowship (2014). 

Date & Time

Sat, Jul 15, 2023 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Venue Details

PS21 Grounds

2980 New York 66
Chatham, New York 12037 PS21 Grounds
PS/21 Inc

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A vibrant center for contemporary performance in the Hudson Valley, PS21 “presents work that challenges and invites” (The New York Times): adventurous productions by leading and emerging American and international artists in music, dance, and theater, and visionaries creating entirely new genres. On our open-air Pavilion Theater stage, across our expansive, unspoiled grounds, and in the diverse surrounding communities, PS21 cultivates and presents productions that transcend aesthetic boundaries and revitalize existing artistic languages and grammars. Throughout the year, we host developmental residencies for dancers, musicians, actors, and creators of original, even unclassifiable new work. Rooted in community collaboration, PS21’s programming engages creatively with critical global and social issues. It is a mecca for innovative and original artistic voices, a destination for performance that can be experienced nowhere else in the region. PS21’s Pavilion Theater is a green-energy marvel surrounded by 100 acres of unspoiled meadows, trails, and woodlands that are a haven to wildlife and visitors across the region.  Integrated into our unspoiled campus, the theater embodies our commitments to the public: open, inviting, and optimized for their enjoyment and encouraging citizen expression and participation.


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