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It's been a good year for percussionist and experimentalist Susie Ibarra: first her stellar collaboration with Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe and YoshimiO, now this brand new solo full-length on Thrill Jockey! Perception moves sleekly between spiritual-feel jazz, expansive percussive play, and electronic enhancements. An album that will surprise and delight.


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Perception by Susie Ibarra
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8/10 Daoud Staff review, 24 October 2018

Susie Ibarra is one of those people whose list of accolades and projects makes you wonder what exactly you’ve been doing with your life. She's primarily a percussionist and composer who has worked with indigenous Filipino musicians, Yo La Tengo and with YoshimiO and Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe on 2018’s ‘Flower of Sulphur’.

‘Perception’ is one of her many solo albums, first released in 2017. The genre it probably sits most happily beside is jazz, despite her ensemble being decidedly not-jazzy. Ibarra (obviously on drums) is joined by a vocalist, a violinist, a cellist, a pianist and guitarist and someone on electronics. Without the presence of the brass or woodwind you might expect on something filled under jazz, nothing on the album is shrill or harsh. The result is something approaching ambient and warm, and on occasion, mournful.

Of course the star of the show is Ibarra whose drumming draws on her huge amount of influences to create a style that is unique to her. While on tracks like ‘Algeria’, Ibarra lays down a recognisably jazz beat, ‘Pulse’ has her combining tuned drums with bells in a way that almost completely eschews the vernacular of jazz.

Throughout ‘Perception’, Ibarra’s drumming is entirely unshowy and restrained, and is capable of becoming absorbed into the rest of album’s textures. It takes an incredibly confident musician to steal the show without being the loudest voice in the room, one like Susie Ibarra.




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