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Fragility : An Exploration of Polyrhythms

Fragility: An Exploration of Polyrhythms is a new work that mines the dimensions of rhythm through music, dance, physics, and technology.

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Premiere of Fragility!

Posted on June 12, 2018 by Susie Ibarra

SO thrilled to have the premiere of Fragility installed and performed at the Starr Gallery , Asia Society Museum in NY.  I am very grateful to the performers, surround sound , set and lighting designers, tech team and producers. The polyrhythmic game piece and all the pieces came out so very well with everyone!

Overview

We play polyrhythms everyday by recognizing and allowing our bodies and minds to move and think in multiple ways.  I am interested in how physically playing polyrhythms in music taps into our intuition .  The ability to understand something immediately allows us to be fully present.  I find this to be a heightened experience that gives us a greater awareness for people and our surroundings , while allowing us to hear and see a larger world.

Fragility: An Exploration of Polyrhythms is a new work that mines the dimensions of rhythm through music, dance, physics, and technology, created by composer/drummer Susie Ibarra.

Ibarra will be joined by performing choreographer/dancers Souleymane Badolo and Yanan Yu in live experimentation. Their investigations form the core of a groundbreaking new interactive game commissioned by Asia Society and developed with Pioneer Works to be premiered in June 2018 on Governors Island NYC and at the Starvos Niachos Cultural Center in Athens. Ibarra is composing  an electro-acoustic score for 8.1 surround sound multi-channel installation with live music performed by her 6 piece band DreamTime Ensemble ( violin, cello, voice, guitar/piano, electronics and percussion) . 

The dance is choreographed and improvised movement  utilizing a custom built motion capture software and features multi-percussion compositions with strings and electronics by Ibarra. Dancers interacting with the polyrhythms follow delicate parameters that shift in response to the music. One piece will allow for audience members to play with motion capture technology in a movement improvisation led by Susan Sgorbati. Ibarra experiments with how to relate chaos theory, symmetry, and Conway’s game of life to polyrhythms in the creation of this new work.

Fragility: An Exploration of Polyrhythms is created in collaboration with choreographer Susan Sgorbati, physicist Bernard Grossman, performing choreographer/dancers Souleymane Badolo and Yanan Yu, sound engineer and sound design by Justin Frye, interactive programming by Tommy Martinez and Greg Fox.

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Susie Ibarra # 7 Part 1 and Part 2
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# 7 Part 1 and 2 ,
Tracks 1 and 2 on this soundcloud are one of the multi-channel percussion and string pieces composed for the Polyrhythm works.

Susie Ibarra Patala #3
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Susie Ibarra Patala # 3 is one of the pieces composed for multi-channel and dance on the polyrhythmic work.

Start and End Dates

06/09/201807/01/2018

Location

New York, New York

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Last update on June 12, 2018

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New York, New York
Composer/Percussionist Susie Ibarra creates live and immersive music that explores rhythm , indigenous practices and interaction with cities and the natural world. Ibarra is a Yamaha, Paiste and Vic Firth Drum Artist. She is a 2014 TEDSenior Fellow. Ibarra premieres a new project this year 2017 DreamTime Ensemble, with a forthcoming new album on Decibel Collective…

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Asia Society commissioning institution
sound engineer and sound designer
Choreographer

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