Circadian Rhythms

Circadian Rhythms

EMPAC Concert Hall

April 21, 2013 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Circadian Rhythms by Susie Ibarra
World Premiere Performance April 21, 2013

View video of performance

  1. OCEAN: Orcas
    Williams College Percussion Ensemble, Soloist Matthew Gold

  2. OCEAN: Whales and Dolphins
    Troy High School Drum Line, Empire State Youth Percussion Ensemble

  3. INDIA: Waterfowl Storks, Ducks, Magpie Geese and Dragonflies
    Williams College Percussion Ensemble, Bennington College World Percussion Ensemble.  Soloist Devesh Chandra
  4. EAST ASIA: Macaques
    Union College Taiko Ensemble
    Soloists Roberto Rodriguez, Susie Ibarra, Jennifer Matsue
  5. NORTH AMERICA: Black Bear   
    Bennington College World Percussion Ensemble.  Soloists: Alan and Jake George

    SOUTHEAST ASIA: Fruit Bats, Kingfishers and Cotabato Sparrow
    Bennington College World Percussion Ensemble, Soloist Susie Ibarra
  6. AFRICA: Elephants, Chimpanzees, Blue Turaco, Red Chested Cuckoo, Flamingos
    Woodstock Day School Guinean Drums, Rensselaer Percussion Ensemble.  Soloists Susie Ibarra, Jim Weber, Mamadabou Camara
  7. CUBA: Tree Frogs, Mongoose, Bee Hummingbirds, Saffron Finch
    Ensemble Congeros, Soloist Ade Knowles, Empire State Youth Percussion Ensemble


Finale All Ensembles and Soloists


Program Note by Susie Ibarra

I became sensitive to the concept of cycles of circadian rhythms when thinking about how they repeat and vary in lengths and patterns within animals, plants, birds, bacteria. Migration, birth, sleep, eating, environment, light and dark alter these rhythms. This can be seen in human beings, dolphins, whales, monarch butterflies and birds. I started to ask how strong are some mammals and how delicate could other living beings be? What would these cycles sound like?  I started to imagine, to listen to how this may cycle and vary between all species. What may this sound like? What may this inspire sound to sound like?  The composition is a tribute to Earth Day and the cyclical rhythms that each one of us has while we move and live on this planet.

Thanks to the Macauley Sound Archive, Cornell University, for graciously providing the nature recordings used in Circadian Rhythms.

Susie Ibarra is known for her innovative style and cultural dialogue as a composer, improviser, percussionist, and humanitarian. Her music is influenced by the interconnection of nature and cities, and the intersection of Indigenous and urban ecologies. Within these relationships, Ibarra is interested in tradition and avant-garde, and how this informs and inspires interdisciplinary art, education, and public service. In most recent years, Ibarra has developed composition and improvisation that blends traditions and crosses rhythms and tunings of Asia Pacific, Middle East, Americas, Europe, and Africa.

Presented in Earth Week Festival 2013, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Producer, Michael Century

(c) 2013 Susie Ibarra (p)(c) 2013 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, all rights reserved

Add to calendar