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Cyro Baptista (Percussionist)

Winner 51st Annual Critics Poll
#1 Rising Star In Percussion (DownBeat Magazine)

"The man the stars call when they want that
otherwordly flavor in their mix." (Time Out New York)

Madman percussionist Cyro Baptista, creator of "Beat the Donkey," is a living "Who's Who" of modern music. Over the last ten years, he has emerged as the premier percussionist whose music coincides with the public's interest in "World Music." Cyro's performs on over 30 different percussion instruments from his native country of Brazil, as well as from all over the world, and many instruments he creates himself.
He has toured extensively with Paul Simon, Sting, Trey Anastasio, PHISH, Yo Yo Ma, Herbie Hancock and others. He collaborated with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra for a Brazilian carnival modern jazz concert and is featured on Paul Simon's "Rhythm of the Saints" legendary concert in Central Park CD/VIDEO. Other artists he's performed and recorded with include David Byrne, Kathleen Battle, Dr. John, Brian Eno, Robert Palmer, Melissa Etheridge, Laurie Anderson, John Zorn, James Taylor, Michael Tilson Thomas, Daniel Barenboin, Bobby McFerrin, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Medeski Martin & Wood and Brazilian artists Caetano Veloso, Milton Nascimento, Ivan Lins, Marisa Monte, and Nana Vasconcelos.

Cyro has performed on over 100 albums and has collaborated on five Grammy Award winning albums: Yo Yo Ma's Obrigando Brazil, Cassandra Wilson's "Blue Light `Til Dawn," The Chieftains' "Santiago," Ivan Lins' "A Love Affair," and Herbie Hancock's highly acclaimed "Gershwin's World." A "Beat the Donkey" documentary on the prestigious PBS program La Plaza, from WGBH in Boston, won 3 New England Emmy Awards.
His first solo recording, "Villa Lobos/Vira Loucos," has been acclaimed as "the most courageous, bright, funny, dramatic, and imaginative work in recent memory." Jazziz and Drum magazine selected it as the "Best Brazilian CD of the Year" and named Cyro "Best Percussionist of 2002."

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

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