[June 1 – Aug 11] Fragility: An Exploration of Polyrhythms by Susie Ibarra

Created by Susie Ibarra in collaboration with choreographer Souleymane Badolo, an Asia Society commission.

Fragility: An Exploration of Polyrhythms created by drummer/composer Susie Ibarra in collaboration with choreographer Souleymane Badolo is a new immersive performance. Using polyrhythms as a model for human interdependence, Ibarra captures the concept of fragility through music, exploring the subtle intersections that affect relationships. Ibarra conceives  Fragility as a musical ‘game piece’ in which the rules require performers to take turns conducting action and shifting roles.O

Building 10a / Nolan Park / Governors Island

Open to the Public:
Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Holiday Mondays 11 am – 5 pm from June 1 thru August 11, 2019
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Drawing on deep knowledge of Asian and jazz percussive traditions, Ibarra leads audiences on a journey into a mesmerizing musical environment. An ensemble of seven musicians creates multi-layered, expansive sonic textures. Collaborating Choreographer / Dancer Souleymane Badolo interacts with custom-built motion capture technology in which the dancer’s movements trigger recorded sounds to create a live rhythmic composition. The performance of Fragility premiered in the Asia Society Museum’s Starr Gallery with musicians at the center, audience surrounding them, and all enveloped by the multi-channel surround sound installation. For Governors Island, Ibarra and Badolo will explore the sound and visual of motion capture in Fragility in an installation presented by Harvestworks and Asia Society.

Commissioned and produced by Asia Society as part of Creative Common Ground, an initiative that expands contemporary performance practice by commissioning, producing, and presenting artists who explore beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries. Creative Common Ground is supported in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

“Ibarra has made a career out of exploring the dimensions of rhythm and texture; she doesn’t approach the drumkit with a sense of rigid utility or preconceived methodology.”

– Nate Chinen, WBGO Jazz 88.3 , 2018 Take Five Gives the Drummers Some

“Ibarra’s sound is like no other’s. Incorporating the unique percussion and musical approach of her Filipino heritage with her flowing jazz drumset style”

– Ken Micallef, Moderm Drummer Magazine, Drum Wisdom: Susie Ibarra, June 2018

“She seems to treat rhythm and flow as clues to our relationship with the natural world. Sometimes what they ( her ensemble ) play calls up the movements of the human body; elsewhere it’s a landscape vanishing in the last light, or the path a waterway might trace.”

– Giovanni Russonello, NYTimes The Playlist Dec 2017

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