Susie Ibarra: Drum Sketches


Drum Sketches


Susie Ibarra (percussion)


Drum Sketches (Innova 667)

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Susie Ibarra (percussion).

Composed by Susie Ibarra


Recorded: Various locations, 2007


Rating: 94/100 (learn more)

Don't be scared off by the personnel listing. Yes, this is a 10-movement solo percussion work, almost 40 minutes of thumpin', bangin' and plunkin'. But Drum Sketches will not remind you of that bad experience you had in college with mushrooms while listening to "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida." This is one of the most musical CDs of the year, and will help you get over your fear of solo percussion. Ibarra shows her mastery of a range of instruments, but I am especially impressed by her exploration of her Filipino ethnic roots, demonstrated here by extracts from field recordings and her masterful use of the Kulintang, a variant of the xylophone made of eight tuned gongs placed horizontally on a wooden rack. This is a CD you could easily miss that will surprise and delight.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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