Cyro Baptista & Beat the Donkey

Cyro Baptista & Beat the Donkey

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Wild world-beat percussion ensemble that blends and beats up a bewitching stage stew of untamed percussion mixed with dance, performing styles of rock, funk, jazz, samba, and avant-garde.

Biography

Grammy-award winning percussionist Cyro Baptista and his 7-piece percussion orchestra, Beat the Donkey, present a musical, dance, and visual event like no other. Beat the Donkey is a literal translation of the Brazilian expression "Pau Na Mula" which, loosely translated, means "let’s take it up a notch," or "let's go, let's do it!"

Since 1997, Beat the Donkey has been creating and performing music and dance which has been described as a "wild, world-beat percussion ensemble that blends and beats up a bewitching stage stew of untamed percussion, tap dance, samba, jazz, rock and funk." Founded by Cyro Baptista, Beat the Donkey is a high energy musical carnival of untamed drummers and dizzying dancers performing with jaw dropping precision including individuals from the U.S., Israel, Europe, Asia, and Brazil. The New York Times has called it "wild, vivid entertainment" and Time Out New York noted it as "a most unforgettable spectacle."

This multi-ethnic drum nucleus is complete with members and influences from Africa, Indonesia, Europe and South America. Beat the Donkey's rhythmic performances are in the vein of Stomp and Blue Man Group—intense visual interaction with heavy beats and enjoyable theatrical performance. Band leader Cyro Baptista has gained international recognition by performing with such artists as Paul Simon, Sting, Trey Anastasio, Herbie Hancock, Yo Yo Ma, Dr. John, David Byrne, and numerous others. He has also managed to record on four Grammy-winning albums throughout his career; additionally, Cyro is the Brazilian percussionist present on Yo-Yo Ma's recent critically-acclaimed release, Obrigado Brazil, which has been nominated for three Grammy awards in 2003.

Cyro leads a torrid ensemble of drummers, percussionists, samba dancers, tap dancers, singers, and exotically costumed half naked players. He has always rejected rigid classification of instrumentation and with Beat the Donkey, lets his imagination run wild, combining music with dance and martial arts, mixing instrumentation from all over the globe, and unusual percussion inventions of his own to create a show of infectious dance music, both spellbinding and mysterious.

Audio and video clips of Beat the Donkey are available at http://www.cyrobaptista.com

Discography

BEAT THE DONKEY Beat the Donkey
CYRO BAPTISTA Vira Loucos
CYRO BAPTISTA & KEVIN BREIT Supergenerous
YO-YO MA Obrigado Brazil - 3 Time Grammy Nominated
TREY ANASTASIO Plasma
TREY ANASTASIO Alive Again
HERBIE HANCOCK Gershwin’s World - Grammy Winner
BILLY MARTIN Drop the Needle/ Illy B Eats
PAUL SIMON Concert in the Park
IVAN LINS A Love Affair - Grammy Winner
MARISA MONTE Mais
GATO BARBIERI Que Pasa
THE CHIEFTAINS Santiago - Grammy Winner
DAVID BYRNE Rei Momo
ROBERT PALMER Don’t Explain
CASSANDRA WILSON Belly  of  The  Sun
CASSANDRA WILSON Blue Light  ‘Til Dawn - Grammy Winner
CASSANDRA WILSON New Moon Daughter
LAURIE ANDERSON Strange Angels
LAURIE ANDERSON Bright Red
BOBBY MCFERRIN Beyond Words
DAVID WATSON (with BTD) Skirl
JOHN ZORN Bar Kokhba
JOHN ZORN The Gift
JOHN ZORN FILM WORKS X
JOHN ZORN The Big Gundown
JOHN ZORN The Circle Maker
JOHN ZORN FILM WORKS II/ Walter Hill
JOHN ZORN FILM WORKS 1986-1990
JOHN ZORN FILM WORKS III/ 1990-1995
JOHN ZORN FILM WORKS IV/ S &M Works
JOHN ZORN FILM WORKS V/ Tear Of Ecstasy
JOHN ZORN FILM WORKS  VII/ Cynical Hysterie Hour
JOHN ZORN Taboo and Exile
JOHN ZORN FILM WORKS XII / Three Documentaries
JOHN ZORN COBRA / Game Pieces Vol II.
JOHN ZORN FILM WORKS  IX/ Trembling Before G-d
JOHN ZORN FILM WORKS  VI/1996
DR. JOHN Duke Elegant
NANA VASCONCELOS Fragments - Modern Tradition
NANA VASCONCELOS Rain Dance
TIMSPARKS Tanz
TIM SPARKS At the Rebbe’s Table
DANIEL BARENBOIM Brazilian Rhapsody
KATHLEEN BATTLE So Many Stars

Set List

::: Selected Past Shows :::

January 2004 Beat The Donkey - University of Richmond - Alice Jepson Theatre, Richmond, VA
January 2004 Beat the Donkey - Bowery Ballroom , New York, NY
January 2004 Beat The Donkey - The Public Theater, New York, NY
December 2003 Beat The Donkey - First Night Montclair 2004 - Montclair High School, Montclair, NJ
December 2003 Beat The Donkey - Montage Grille, Rochester, NY
December 2003 Beat The Donkey - Clark University - The Grind, Worcester, MA
November 2003 Amir ziV's KOTKOT - Tonic, New York, NY
November 2003 Beat The Donkey - Belbas Hall at Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, SD
November 2003 Beat The Donkey - Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
November 2003 Beat The Donkey - Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN
November 2003 Beat The Donkey - Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI
November 2003 Rhythm Awareness Workshop With Cyro Baptista - Bodies in Balance Fitness Studio, Ann Arbor, MI
November 2003 Beat The Donkey - Blind Pig,