Cyro Baptista's Banquet of the Spirits

Cyro Baptista's Banquet of the Spirits

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Banquet of the Spirits features the tight new quartet led by maestro Cyro Baptista—the percussionist who has ongoing collaborations with everyone from Herbie Hancock
and Yo-Yo Ma to John Zorn, Paul Simon and Sting. Cyro’s endless sonic curiosity and intense rhythmic drive has never been stronger than with Banquet of The Spirits which features four of the best young musicians out of the downtown scene.
The quartet embodies the philosophy of Anthropofagia, a Brazilian cultural movement from the

Biography

"…The man the stars call when they want that otherworldly flavor in the mix…" - Time Out New York

Since arriving in the U.S. in 1980 from his native country Brazil, Cyro Baptista has emerged as one of the premier percussionists in the country. Coinciding with the rise in the public’s interest of world music, Cyro has managed to record and tour with some of music’s most popular names. His mastery of Brazilian percussion and the many instruments he creates himself, have catapulted him into world renown.

With his own project, the percussion and dance ensemble known as 'Beat the Donkey' Cyro gives free reign to his imagination, mixing his tremendous musical skills, his natural humor and theatrical ways with instruments from Brazil, Middle East, Indonesia, Africa and US.

Cyro's credits read like a "Who’s Who" of modern music. He toured extensively with Yo-Yo Ma's Brazil Project, Trey Anastasio's Band (of Phish), John Zorn's Electric Masada, Herbie Hancock's Grammy award winning "Gershwin’s World" , Sting and Paul Simon's "Rhythm of the Saints".

The wide range of artists Cyro Baptista has performed and recorded with include: David Byrne, Kathleen Battle, Gato Barbieri, Dr. John, Brian Eno, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Robert Palmer, Melissa Etheridge, Laurie Anderson, John Zorn, James Taylor, Carly Simon, Michael Tilson Thomas, Daniel Barenboin, Bobby McFerrin, Wynton Marsalis, Yo-Yo-Ma, Medeski Martin & Wood, Spyro Gyra, Trey Anastasio from Phish, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Santana and Sting. He has also played with many respected Brazilian artists such as Milton Nascimento, Caetano Veloso, Ivan Lins, Marisa Monte, and Nana Vasconcelos.

Downbeat Magazine - Aug. 2003
Cyro Baptista
"RISING STAR PERCUSSIONIST"

New York Times
Cyro Baptista's Beat The Donkey
Top 10 Alternative CD of 2002

Wire Magazine
Cyro Baptista's Beat The Donkey
Top 10 Global Music CD of 2002

PBS-WGBH Boston
Beat The Donkey
Emmy Award Winning Special

JamBase.com
Cyro Baptista
Top 10 instrumentalists

Drum Magazine
Cyro Baptista
Best Jazz Percussionist (2002)
Best World Beat Percussionist (2003)

Cyro has performed on five Grammy award winning albums: Yo-Yo-Ma’s "Obrigado Brasil", Cassandra Wilson's "Blue Light 'Til Dawn", The Chieftains' "Santiago", Ivan Lins' "A Love Affair", and Herbie Hancockæs highly-acclaimed "Gershwin's World". A documentary on Cyro's main project, Beat the Donkey, was recorded for the prestigious WGBH-TV Boston program 'La Plaza' won 3 New England EMMY Awards in 2002, and continues to air on PBS stations nationwide. Cyro collaborated with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra for a Brazilian Carnaval modern jazz concert.

The first Beat the Donkey album, (TZADIK) was picked by The New York Times as one of the ten best alternative albums of 2002. Readers of JAZZIZ and DRUM magazine voted it as "Best Brazilian CD of the Year" and named Cyro "Best Percussionist of 2002." Downbeat Magazine's 51st annual critics' poll selected Cyro as "Rising Star" in percussion.

Cyro' first solo recording, Villa Lobos/Vira Loucos, a heady mix of his own compositions with the work of the brilliant Brazilian composer Heitor Villa Lobos, has been acclaimed as "the most courageous, bright, funny, dramatic, and imaginative work in recent memory."

Blue Note Records released Supergenerous, a duo CD recorded with guitarist Kevin Breit (KD Lang, Cassandra Wilson). Billboard called Supergenerous "pure aural pleasure" and the Washington Post noted it "a marvelous debut that manages to feel outside and intimate at the same time."

Cyro has also been composing music for the children's television Nickelodeon.

Discography

Caym Tzadik Records 2011
Infinito Tzadik Records 2009
Banquet of the Spirits Tzadik Records 2008

::: Recordings As Guest Performer (by Artist) :::
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GERI ALLEN

Eyes in the Back of your Head

Blue Note

GERI ALLEN

Eyes in the Back of your Head

Blue Note 1997

TREY ANASTASIO

The Horseshoe Curve

Rubber Jungle Records 2007

TREY ANASTASIO

Bar 17

Rubber Jungle Records 2006

TREY ANASTASIO

Shine

Elektra 2005

TREY ANASTASIO

Plasma

Elektra 2003

TREY ANASTASIO

Alive Again

Electra 2002

GABRIELA ANDERS

Wanting

Warner Brothers 1998

LAURIE ANDERSON

Strange Angels

Warner 1994

LAURIE ANDERSON

Bright Red

Warner 1994

PETER APFELBAUM and THE NEW YORK HIEROGLYPHICS

It Is Written

The ACT Company 2005

WILSON ASFORA

Journey To The Badlands

WTA 1996

BADI ASSAD

Rhythms

Chesky 1995

JAY AZZOLINA

Local Dialect

Garagista

SUSANA BACA

Eco de Sombras

Luaka Bop 2000

SPYRO GYRA

Dreams Beyond Crontrol

GRP 1996

DEREK BAILEY/ CYRO BAPTISTA

Cyro

Incus 1987

CYRO BAPTISTA

Banquet of the Spirits

Tzadik 2008

DEREK BAILEY & CYRO BAPTISTA

Derek

Amulet 2006

GATO BARBIERI

Que Pasa

Sony 1997

DANIEL BARENBOIM

Brazilian Rhapsody

Teldec 2000

KATHLEEN BATTLE

So Many Stars

Sony 1995

TONY BENNETT

Duets

RPM Records/Columbia 2006

RONNIE BIRD

One World

PEM 1992

CHRIS BOTTI

First Wish

Verve 1995

EDDIE BRICKEL

Picture Perfect Morning

Geffen 1994

DAVID BYRNE

Rei Momo

Warner Bros. 1989

JAMES CARTER

Chasin? the Gypsy

Atlantic 2000

TOMMY CECIL

Samba For Felix

Slider 1999

TONI CEDRAS

Vision Over People

Gorilla 1994

THE CHIEFTAINS

Santiago - Grammy Winner

BMG Classics 1996

HOLLY COLE

Temptations

Metro Blue 1995

RICHARD CRANDELL

Spring Steel

Tzadik 2008

CRIARA

Behind The Sky

EMI 1997

CORIN CURSCHELLAS

Voices Of Romantsch

MGB 1997/1996

DOMINIQUE DALCAN

Ostinato

Island 1998

DIP IN THE POOL

The Sea Of Serenity

Epic/Sony 1993

ELECTRIC MASADA

At the Mountains of Madness

Tzadik 2005

ELECTRIC MASADA

4

Tzadik 2004

MANFRED FEST

Oferenda

Concord 1993

FOBIA

Leche

BMG Mexico 1993

SERGE GAINSBOURG

GREAT JEWISH MUSIC

Tzadik 1998

GIBRAN

Dialogos Intestinales

Urukungolo 2001

JANET GRICE

The Muse

Optimism 1989

ANDY HAAS

Arnhem Land

Avant 1997

HERBIE HANCOCK

Possibilities - GRAMMY NOMINATED

Starbucks 2005

HERBIE HANCOCK

Gershwin's World - Grammy Winner

Verve 1998

HERBIE HANCOCK

Gershwin's World - grammy winner -

Verve

JANIS IAN

Hunger

Windham Hill 1997

JANIS IAN

Revenge

Boomerang 1995

JAVON JACKSON

Good People

Blue Note 1997

JAVON JACKSON

For One Who Knows

Blue Note 1995

BOB JAMES

Playin? Hooky

Warner 1998

DR. JOHN

Duke Elegant

Blue Note 2000

RICHARD LEO JOHNSON

Language

Blue Note 2000

GEOFF KEEZER

Turn Up the Quiet

Sony 1997

BAR KOKHBA

Bar Kokhba Sextet

Tzadik 2005

KEIKO LEE

In Essence

Sony/BMG 2007

ARTO LINDSAY

Mundo Civilizado

Bar/None 1996

IVAN LINS

A Love Affair - Grammy Winner

Telarc 2000

FRANK LONDON

Science at Work

Tzadik 2002

LIONEL LOUEKE

Virgin Forest

ObliqSound 2007

ROMERO LUBAMBO

Brazilian Nights

Q Records 2001

YO-YO MA

Obrigado Brazil Live in Concert - GRAMMY WINNER

Sony 2004

YO YO MA

Obrigado Brasil

Sony Classical 2003

MAUREEN MAC GOVERN

Out Of This World

Sterling 1996

CHIUCK MANGIONE

The Hat?s Back

Gates Music 1994

HERBIE MANN

Opalescence

Kokopelli 1994

BILLY MARTIN

Socket

Amulet 2005

BILLY MARTIN

Drop the Needle/ Illy B Eats

Amulet 2002

NILSON MATTA

Walking with my Bass

Blue Toucan Music 2006

BOBBY MCFERRIN

Beyond Words

Blue Note 2002

HENDRIK MEURKENS

In a Sentimental Mood

A Records 1999

PAUL MIDON

State of Mind

Manhattan

GLOBAL NOIZE

Global Noize

Shanachie Records 2008

JASON MILES

Miles to Miles

Narada 2005

JASON MILES

Music Of Weather Report

Telarc 2000

MARISA MONTE

Mais

EMI 1994

JEAN-LOUIS MURAT

Mustang

Virgin/France 1999

NEW YORK VOICES

NYV Sings Paul Simon

BMG 1997

OJOYO

Ojoyo Plays SafroJazz

Ojoyo 2002

OJOYO

Forwar Motion

Ojoyo 1996

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