Procession Along the Aciga Tree

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Susie Ibarra joins PRISM Quartet for with world premiere recording of her 2018 work, “Procession Along the Aciga Tree.”  In her words, “Beautiful acacia trees are commonly seen throughout the forest areas of the northern Luzon in the Philippines. One of the largest acacia trees known in the province of Kalinga is the Aciga Tree which is said to be a tree of treasures. ‘Procession, along the Aciga Tree is inspired by the tradition of processional music in the north of the Philippines often found weaving through the forests. This piece draws upon interlocking rhythms, shifting melodies, pulses and cross rhythms.  It imagines a sonic procession amidst the Acacia to the Aciga tree.”


About Susie Ibarra
Susie Ibarra is a Filipinx composer, percussionist, and sound artist. Her interdisciplinary practice spans formats, including performance, mobile sound-mapping applications, multi-channel audio installations, recording, and documentary. Many of Ibarra’s projects are based in cultural and environmental preservation: she has worked to support Indigenous and traditional music cultures, such musika katatubo from the North and South Philippine islands; her sound research advocates for the stewardship of glaciers and freshwaters; and she collaborates with The Joudour Sahara Music Program in Morocco on initiatives that preserve sound-based heritage with sustainable music practices and support the participation of women and girls in traditional music communities.

She is a recipient of the Foundation For Contemporary Arts Award in Music/ Sound (2022), a National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship (2020); United States Artists Fellowship in Music (2019); the Asian Cultural Council Fellowship (2018); and a TED Senior Fellowship (2014).  Susie Ibarra is a Yamaha, Vic Firth, and Zildjian Drum Artist.

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Executive Producer; Editing/Mixing/Mastering: Matthew Levy
Produced by PRISM Quartet (Timothy McAllister, Zachary Shemon, Matthew Levy, Taimur Sullivan) and Susie Ibarra
Recorded at Elm Street Studios, Conshohocken, PA
Lead Session Engineer: John O. Senior
Assistant Engineers: Nancy Kimmons, Brendan McGeehan
Artwork/Design: Jon Rohrer,


Record Label / Catalogue Number:
XAS 118

Release Date:
October 06, 2023