From the "Where's the Music? 2008 Festival" in Tokyo, Japan.

Banquet of the spirits is:

Cyro Baptista - percussion, vocals
Brian Marsella - piano, keyboards, balafon
Tim Keiper - drums, percussion
Shanir Blumenkranz - acoustic/electric bass, oud, gimbre

Video Created By: Justin Bias

Video Shot by: Eleonora Alberto, Yuka and Supplied by WiTM Festival

Check out more about Banquet of the Spirits here:
myspace.com/banquetofthespirits

Banquet of the Spirits features the tight new quartet led by maestro Cyro Baptista—the percussionist who has performed with everyone from Herbie Hancock and Yo-Yo Ma to Laurie Anderson, Paul Simon and, Medeski Martin and Wood.

Cyros endless sonic curiosity and intense rhythmic drive has never been stronger in these imaginative original songs.

Featuring three of the best young musicians out of the downtown scene and some very special guests, the music jumps from a whisper to a scream and never misses a beat. The quartet embodies the philosophy of Anthropofagia, a Brazilian cultural movement from the 1920's.

The band, is a musical manifestation of the process of eating, swallowing, and digesting all the tendencies that are part of the sonic landscape and our environment.

The music is the product of all sounds that they have collectively consumed over the years; some of them they've digested and others they have rejected. After that, it has been difficult to identify what belongs to what country, culture, or religion.

"Banquet of the Spirits is world music in the most literal sense of the phrase—traveling from continent to continent in a single song and creating intriguing new lands in the process. If you like mind-bogglingly precise rhythms and instrumental tightness interspersed with free jazz freakouts, then Banquet of the Spirits is for you." - Matt Brockett, jambase

"Delightful music from one of the world's greatest and most adventurous Brazilian musicians." - Djouls

"Banquet of the Spirits surrounds the listener with a feast for the auditory senses and a resounding hunger to drum into uncharted, reverberating landscapes." - Bill Whiting, Honest Tune

"Bottom line: this is music of substance, brilliantly conceived, consummately executed. Miss it at your peril." Jan Dennis, Longboard Jazzer

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