1. http://CyroBaptista.com/

    Check Out Cyro's Projects:

    Banquet Of The Spirits:

    Beat The Donkey:

    Vira Loucos:

    Cyro Baptista

    Since arriving in the U.S. from his native Brazil, performer and bandleader Cyro Baptista has emerged as

    one of the premier percussionists in the world, bringing his unique charm and intense rhythmic drive to

    countless stages, performing on numerous Grammy-winning recordings, and collaborating with myriad

    luminaries such as Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock, John Zorn, Yo-Yo Ma, Sting, Caetano Veloso, and

    many others. Described by Thom Jurek of All Music as “simply one of the most limitless musicians we

    have,” Baptista’s many honors include DownBeat Critics Poll Percussionist of the Year in 2013 and 2011,

    Jazz Journalists Association Percussionist of the Year in 2007 and 2010, Drum Magazine Percussionist

    of the Year in 2003 and 2004, and US Artists Walker Fellow in 2009/10.

    Baptista’s quartet, Banquet of the Spirits, has performed internationally at Stanford Lively Arts, SF JAZZ,

    Salle Pleyel in Paris, the Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle, The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts,

    the Wharton Center in Michigan, Purdue University's Loeb Playhouse, “Where is the Music?” Festival in

    Japan, The Bimhuis in Amsterdam, SESC Pompeia in São Paulo, and many more.

    With Beat The Donkey, or Pau Na Mula (Brazilian slang meaning “Let’s go!” or “Let’s do it!”), Baptista

    leads an ensemble of musicians and dancers in a high-energy performance combining music, humor,

    capoeira, tap dance, and instruments from around the world. The project has toured to major venues and

    festivals including Grand Performances in Los Angeles, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Detroit International

    Jazz Fest, Quebec City Summer Fest, the Chicago World Music Festival, the International Festival of Arts

    and Ideas, the Krannert Center, the Hancher Auditorium, the Walker Art Center, George Washington

    University, Central Park Summerstage, FloydFest in Virginia, and 92nd Street Y. Beat The Donkey’s selftitled

    release was selected by The New York Times’ Jon Pareles as one of the top ten alternative albums

    of 2002.

    Baptista has conducted workshops and master classes at major venues, such as The Juilliard School,

    Berklee College of Music, Mannes College of Music, The New School, New World Symphony Orchestra,

    Kimmel Center Jazz Camp, and K-12 schools across the country.

    # vimeo.com/73894111 Uploaded 178 Plays 0 Comments
  2. Cyro Baptista's Beat The Donkey - São Paulo, Brazil, 2012

    Rio de Janeiro
    Forró For All

    with special guests Bixiga 70

    Uploaded 4 Plays 0 Comments
  3. # vimeo.com/37441762 Uploaded 17 Plays 0 Comments
  4. http://www.thesoundofcommunity.org/

    Imagine a performance that would involve professional musicians, children, teenagers, senior citizens, adults with developmental disabilities, and physically challenged individuals performing choreography in their wheelchairs.

    A performance where no more emphasis would be placed on Yo-Yo Ma’s Stradivarius Cello as would be placed on pizzicato rubber bands and balloon bassoons.

    Imagine an opportunity for an adult living with developmental disabilities to play an instrument he or she built from scratch as part of a full production on a stage with lights in front of an audience.

    This can all be a reality with your support.

    This is the ultimate goal of The Sound of Community project. 2009 USA Artists award recipient (Walker Fellow) Cyro Baptista has called upon his close friend and musical collaborator Kenny Wolleson to help realize this vision. Baptista and Wolleson have worked together for 20 years on various projects including John Zorn’s Electric Masada, numerous movie soundtracks and most recently recording a duo album for Tzadik records.

    In addition to Kenny, Cyro has assembled a small team to help bring this concept to fruition. He has enlisted the help of long time manager and music industry veteran Eleonora Alberto as well as engineer/producer and collaborator Justin Bias.

    The Sound of Community is a project of true inclusion, where under served members of the community would collaborate together. Each participant will be made to feel that music isn’t something only created on big stages and fancy recording studios – but rather can be a part of their everyday life as a ritual and a means of bringing people together.

    It’s with this in mind that they created this initiative. The plan is to involve different sections of the community who may or may not have interacted otherwise.

    The team will work with several different groups, such as: individuals with physical and/or developmental disabilities, senior citizens, underprivileged children, and homeless groups. The aim here is to join those on the edge of society with those more firmly rooted in it. Within that same community, we will call upon local professional musicians of various styles (classical, jazz, world, hip hop and others) to perform Baptista and Wolleson’s compositions.

    This process has already begun. The team has already formed a relationship with Rockland County, New York’s Developmental Disabilities Service Organization and have jointly come up with a plan of how to best work with their patients. The initial meeting with these individuals was very successful and proved educational to all parties involved.

    Baptista and Wolleson have a long track record of building some of the most innovative “home made” percussion instruments in the country. They plan to continue this trend by dedicating time to developing new instruments for each group according to their abilities. They will supply the raw materials and facilitate the building of these instruments by the participants.

    We need your help to raise funds!

    As you can see, this is an extremely ambitious project so the team has decided to break it down into two phases of development. Each workshop will cost $1,000 to operate. The team is fundraising for a minimum of 8 workshops, including start up materials and transportation fees for a total of $10,000.

    **Every thousand over this minimum, however, will fund an additional workshop!**

    The hope is to conduct 25 workshops over the next year, so think big!

    This project will directly touch the lives of over 100 individuals who are typically overlooked by society.

    Please help us to reach our goal as soon as possible so we can start on this journey!!

    We can’t thank you enough for your support!!!

    # vimeo.com/22859129 Uploaded 142 Plays 0 Comments
  5. CAYM: Book of Angels Vol. 17 is available now!
    Click Here for Your Copy:

    Here is a sneak peak into the making of the album CAYM!

    This is the first in a series of collaborative videos made by videographer Justin Bias that will include a separate movie for each track on Caym.

    From these videos, the listener will not only gain insight into the creative process, but also better understand the inspiration behind each song!

    First Up: Yahel!

    Banquet of The Spirits is
    Cyro Baptista
    Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz
    Tim Keiper
    Brian Marsella

    Original Compositions By
    John Zorn

    Arrangements By
    Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz

    Video Shot and Created By
    Justin Bias

    Make sure to Click Here and "like" the Caym Facebook Page:

    # vimeo.com/20583956 Uploaded 1,135 Plays 0 Comments

Cyro Baptista

Justin Bias


Browse This Channel

Shout Box

Heads up: the shoutbox will be retiring soon. It’s tired of working, and can’t wait to relax. You can still send a message to the channel owner, though!

Channels are a simple, beautiful way to showcase and watch videos. Browse more Channels.