Hope 2008 has been treating everyone very well and our best wishes go out for a year filled with great surprises, lots of passion, conviction, determination, strength and many flowers!!!
Banquet of the Spirits
Anthropofagia, the quartet formed by Cyro Baptist, Brian Marsella, Tim Keiper and Shanir Ezra Bumenkranz will soon be releasing their first CD, Banquet of the Spirits
Anthropo - greek for 'human being'
Phagy, Fagia - greek for 'to eat'
The music is inspired by the Anthrophagite Movement of Brasil, a cultural movement that occured in the 1920s, when for the first time in the country's history, artists rebelled against all the "official art" that came from Europe and claimed that the Brazilian character was defined by the regurgitation of all the ingested cultures current at that time: African, indigenous Brazilian and European.
The album, to be released by Tzadik in March, features extraordinary guest performances by John Zorn and Eric Friedlander
Banquet of the Spirits Website
Beat The Donkey celebrates 10 Years Of Donkey Madness in 2008!
Last year, from Chicago to Reno to most every southern state to the Corning Museum of Glass - Beat The Donkey delivered what the Grassroots Festival called "the most exciting live show you'll ever see". They got a chance to play for their old friends while making many many new ones along the way!!
In addition to touring - BTD has been vigorously involved in cultivating future generations of young musicians. In many of their stops across the country, Cyro and the group have held extensive workshops. The response has been tremendous and we hope to continue this trend in 2008!
The Robison Lubambo Baptista Trio
Once again in 2007, Cyro had the absolute pleasure of sharing the stage with breathtaking flutist Paula Robison and his old friend, guitarist extraordinaire Romero Lubambo.
With each new performance Cyro understands more and more why in the 'classical music' world Paula Robison is known as one of the greatest flutists in the planet.
He's proud to have lured her into the world of Brazilian music.
Cyro's not the only one to think that:
"Exquisite beauty... authentic and moving... may well qualify Robison for an honorary Brazilian citizenship." - Jazz Times
"A rare artist who can make the flute sound both sensuous and classically pure - An absolute wonder." - The New York Times
The Trio hit its stride in 2007. In January 2007, they played at the inaugural Cartagena Music Festival in Colombia. Their performance was so well received that they were invited to perform in September at the Festival Internacional de Arte in Cali, Colombia. As if that wasn't enough - they were asked back yet again to play this years Cartagena Music Festival!
During the spring, the trio spent time on the road touring the east coast with Charles Wadsworth's Musical Master Works series. In the spring of 2008, you'll be able to catch them at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC.
In other news, Pergola Recordings will be re-releasing one of the trio's albums! The album called "Rio Days, Rio Nights" features Paula Robison (flute), Romero Lubambo, (guitar) Cyro (percussion) and Sergio Brandao (bass and cavaquinho).
Look for this CD, as well as many others, at Cyro's online shop.
Cyro Awarded 2007 Percussionist of the Year!!
Cyro was awarded the title of "2007 Percussionist of the Year" by the Jazz Journalists Association.
Voting members of the JJA, a non-profit professional organization, cited Cyro as 2007's top percussionists.
Cyro is very proud of this acknowledgement and extremely prestigious honor!
Also, thank you to Howard Mandel (president of the Jazz Journalists Association) as well as the entire organization.
Beat The Donkey Goes to the Movies
2007 was a big year for films. Cyro and the band appeared in two movies this year!
Cyro and Beat The Donkey just wrapped up filming on a new Jonathan Demme Film - "Dancing with Shiva". You'll be able to see the band on the silver screen sometime in 2008. Aside from Cyro, you'll also be able see Ze Mauricio and Lisette DeFaria of Beat The Donkey. In addition, BTD's original music will be featured in the movie. Stay tuned for more information!!
Also, members of Beat The Donkey were in Julie Taymor's "Across The Universe". In that film, you might have caught a glimpse of Cyro in the Circus Band in the song "Being for the Benefit of Kite". Also in this film, you can see Beat The Donkey's own Tim Keiper as Sadie's drummer.