Cyro Baptista

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Cyro Baptista
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Cyro Baptista, Marciac, France, 2008
Background information
Birth nameCyro Baptiste Ciari
Born (1950-12-23) December 23, 1950 (age 68)
São Paulo, Brazil
GenresJazz, jazz fusion, world music
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsPercussion
Years active1970s–present
LabelsAvant, Tzadik
Associated actsTrey Anastasio Band, Bar Kokhba, Electric Masada, Beat the Donkey, Banquet of the Spirits
Websitewww.cyrobaptista.com

Cyro Baptista (born December 23, 1950) is a Brazilian percussionist in jazz and world music. He creates many of the percussion instruments he plays.

Career[edit]

Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Baptista arrived in the U.S. in 1980 with a scholarship to Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, New York.

During the 1980s, he worked on films with John Zorn and appeared on Zorn's albums in the 1990s. Also in the '90s, he appeared on albums by Marisa Monte, Holly Cole, and Cassandra Wilson. In 1997 he released his first solo album, Vira Loucos, with cover versions of music by Heitor Villa-Lobos. The album was recorded with Marc Ribot and Nana Vasconcelos and released by Avant, a label owned by Zorn. He was a member of Zorn's band Dreamers.[1]

He recorded with pianist Herbie Hancock on his album Possibilities. He recorded and performed worldwide with Hancock's Grammy award-winning Gershwin's World. He toured with Yo-Yo Ma's Brazil Project and appeared on the Obrigado Brazil, which won two Grammy awards. He collaborated with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra for a Brazilian Carnival modern jazz concert. For over two years, he toured with Paul Simon and appeared on his Concert in Central Park album. He has toured worldwide with Sting.

Baptista has also worked with Trey Anastasio, Laurie Anderson, Badi Assad, Derek Bailey, Gato Barbieri, Daniel Barenboim, Kathleen Battle, David Byrne, Dr. John, Brian Eno, Melissa Etheridge, Stephen Kent, Ivan Lins, Bobby McFerrin, Medeski Martin & Wood, Milton Nascimento, Robert Palmer, Carlos Santana, Tim Sparks, Spyro Gyra, James Taylor, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Caetano Veloso

Baptista formed Beat the Donkey, a percussion and dance ensemble. The name comes from a Portuguese expression for "let's do it" or "let's go". The band's personnel and genre are in flux. Sometimes it includes Ribot and Zorn. The music can be rock, funk, Brazilian, or Balkan.[2]

Other work[edit]

Baptista appeared in Nicolas Humbert and Werner Penzel's 1990 documentary film Step Across the Border about Fred Frith, He composed music for programs for the children's television network Nickelodeon.

Baptista conducts educational rhythm workshops in a variety of formats. He has provided presentations for elementary school children and professional musicians. He has conducted workshops and master classes at Berklee College of Music, The New School. Mannes College of Music (New York City), New World Symphony Orchestra (Miami) and Rimon School of Music (Tel-Aviv, Israel).

Awards and honors[edit]

The album Beat the Donkey was picked by Jon Pareles of The New York Times as one of the ten best alternative albums of 2002.[3] Readers of JAZZIZ magazine and DRUM magazine voted it Best Brazilian CD of the Year and named Baptista Best Percussionist of 2002. Down Beat magazine's 51st annual Critics' Poll selected Baptista as 'Rising Star' in percussion. A documentary about Beat the Donkey that was a recorded WGBH-TV in Boston program won three New England EMMY Awards in 2002.

Baptista has performed on five Grammy award-winning albums: Yo-Yo Ma's Obrigado Brazil, Cassandra Wilson's Blue Light 'Til Dawn, The Chieftains' Santiago, Ivan Lins' A Love Affair, and Herbie Hancock's Gershwin's World.

In 2009 Baptista won a Fellow Award in Music from United States Artists.[4]

Instruments[edit]

Baptista plays alfaia, agogo bells, apito, bandora, bass drum, bell tree, berimbau, bongos, bottles, Chinese bells, cabasa, caja, caxixi, clay drum, conga, cowbell, cuica, cymbals, drums, finger cymbals, gong, kalimba, maracas, mark tree, pandeiro, rototom, repinique, shaker, shekere, snare drum, surdo, triangle, tabla, talking drum, tamborim, tambourine, temple block, timbales, tom-toms, udu, washboard, water gong, waterphone, whistle, and wood block.[5][6]

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

As guest[edit]

With Trey Anastasio

  • Alive Again (Elektra, 2002)
  • Plasma (Elektra, 2003)
  • Shine (Elektra, 2005)
  • Bar 17 (Rubber Jungle, 2006)

With Gabrielle Roth

  • Tongues (Raven, 1995)
  • Zone Unknown (Raven, 1997)
  • Tribe (Raven, 2000)

With Cassandra Wilson

With John Zorn

  • The Big Gundown (Nonesuch 1986)
  • Film Works III/ 1990–1995 (Nonesuch 1992)
  • Film Works 1986–1990 (Tzadik, 1996)
  • Film Works II/ Walter Hill (Tzadik, 1996)
  • Film Works V/ Tear of Ecstasy (Tzadik, 1996)
  • Film Works VI/1996 (Tzadik, 1996)
  • Film Works IV/S&M Works (Tzadik, 1997)
  • Film Works VII/ Cynical Hysterie Hour (Tzadik, 1997)
  • The Circle Maker (Tzadik, 1998)
  • Taboo and Exile (Tzadik, 2000)
  • Film Works IX/ Trembling Before G-d (Tzadik, 2000)
  • The Gift (Tzadik, 2001)
  • Film Works X (Tzadik, 2001)
  • Film Works XII /Three Documentaries (Tzadik, 2002)
  • Cobra/Game Pieces Vol II (Tzadik, 2002)
  • The Satyr's Play/Cerberus (Tzadik, 2011)
  • A Vision in Blakelight (Tzadik, 2012)
  • Mount Analogue (Tzadik, 2012)
  • Pellucidar: A Dreamers Fantabula (Tzadik, 2015)

With others

  • Geri AllenEyes in the Back of Your Head (Blue Note, 1997)
  • Gabriela AndersWanting. Warner Brothers 1998
  • Laurie AndersonBright Red. Warner 1994
  • Laurie Anderson – Strange Angels. Warner 1994
  • Peter ApfelbaumIt Is Written. ACT 2005
  • Badi AssadRhythms. Chesky 1995
  • Derek BaileyCyro. Incus 1987
  • Derek Bailey & Cyro Baptista – Derek. Amulet 2006
  • Bar Kokhba SextetBar Kokhba. Tzadik 2005
  • Gato BarbieriQue Pasa. Sony 1997
  • Daniel Barenboim – Brazilian Rhapsody. Teldec 2000
  • Kathleen BattleSo Many Stars. Sony 1995
  • Tony Bennett – Duets. RPM Records/Columbia 2006
  • Ronnie Bird – One World. PEM 1992
  • Chris BottiFirst Wish. Verve 1995
  • Edie BrickellPicture Perfect Morning. Geffen 1994
  • David ByrneRei Momo (Warner Bros., 1989)
  • James CarterChasin' the Gypsy (Atlantic, 2000)
  • Tommy Cecil – Samba for Felix. Slider 1999
  • Tony Cedras – Vision Over People. Gorilla 1994
  • Nels ClineMacroscope (Mack Avenue, 2014)
  • Holly Cole – Temptations. Metro Blue 1995
  • Criara – Behind the Sky. EMI 1997
  • Corin Curschellas – Voices of Romantsch. MGB 1997/1996
  • Susana Baca – Eco de Sombras. Luaka Bop 2000
  • The Chieftains – Santiago. BMG Classics 1996
  • Dominique Dalcan – Ostinato. Island 1998
  • Dip in the Pool – The Sea of Serenity. Epic/Sony 1993
  • Dr. John – Duke Elegant. Blue Note 2000
  • The Dreamers – A Dreamers Christmas (Tzadik, 2011)
  • The Dreamers – Ipos: Book of Angels Volume 14 (Tzadik, 2010)
  • Electric Masada – 50th Birthday Celebration Volume 4 (Tzadik, 2004)
  • Electric Masada – Electric Masada: At the Mountains of Madness (Tzadik, 2005)
  • Manfredo Fest – Oferenda. Concord 1993
  • Fobia – Leche. BMG Mexico 1993
  • Serge Gainsbourg – Great Jewish Music: Serge Gainsbourg|Great Jewish Music. Tzadik 1998
  • Gibran – Dialogos Intestinales. Urukungolo 2001
  • Len & Vani Greene – Luminosity 2011
  • Janet Grice – The Muse. Optimism 1989
  • Andy Haas – Arnhem Land. Avant 1997
  • Herbie HancockGershwin's World. Verve 1998
  • Herbie Hancock – Possibilities. Starbucks 2005
  • Janis Ian – Revenge. Boomerang 1995
  • Janis Ian – Hunger. Windham Hill 1997
  • Javon Jackson – For One Who Knows. Blue Note 1995
  • Javon Jackson – Good People. Blue Note 1997
  • Bob JamesPlayin' Hooky. Warner 1998
  • Richard Leo Johnson – Language. Blue Note 2000
  • Geoff Keezer – Turn Up the Quiet. Sony 1997
  • Arto Lindsay – Mundo Civilizado. Bar/None 1996
  • Ivan Lins – A Love Affair. Telarc International Corporation|Telarc 2000
  • Frank London – Science at Work. Tzadik 2002
  • Lionel LouekeVirgin Forest. ObliqSound 2007
  • Romero LubamboBrazilian Nights. Q Records 2001
  • Jon Madof's Zion80 – Zion80. Tzadik, 2013
  • Chuck MangioneThe Hat's Back. Gates Music 1994
  • Harold Mabern – To Love and Be Loved. Smoke Sessions 2017
  • Herbie Mann – Opalescence. Kokopelli 1994
  • Billy Martin – Drop the Needle/ Illy B Eats. Amulet 2002
  • Billy Martin – Socket. Amulet 2005
  • Nilson Matta – Walking With My Bass. Blue Toucan Music 2006
  • Bobby McFerrin – Beyond Words. Blue Note 2002
  • Maureen McGovern – Out of This World. Sterling 1996
  • Hendrik Meurkens – In a Sentimental Mood. A Records 1999
  • Jason MilesMusic of Weather Report. Telarc 2000
  • Jason Miles – Miles to Miles. Narada 2005
  • Marisa Monte – Mais. EMI 1994
  • Jean-Louis Murat – Mustang. Virgin/France 1999
  • New York Voices – NYV Sings Paul Simon. BMG 1997
  • Ojoyo – Forward Motion. Ojoyo 1996
  • Ojoyo – Ojoyo Plays SafroJazz. Ojoyo 2002
  • Robert PalmerDon't Explain. EMI 1989
  • Robert Palmer – Ridin' High. EMI 1992
  • Clara Ponty – The Embrace. Phillips 1999
  • Howard Prince – Double Take. Cat's Paw 1997
  • Paul Rebhan – Colors. Carmel/BMG 1991
  • Paula Robison – Brasileirinho. Omega 1993
  • Paula Robison – Rio Days, Rio Night. Arabesque 1998
  • Philippe Saisse – Next Voyage. Verve 1997
  • Peter Scherer – Very Neon Pet. Metro Blue/Capitol 1995
  • Peter Scherer – Cronologia. Tzadik 1996
  • Paul Shaffer – The World's Most Dangerous Party. SBK 1993
  • Paul Simon – Concert in the Park. Warner 1991
  • Phoebe Snow – I Can't Complain. House of Blues 1998
  • Richard Stoltzman – Danza Latina. BMG – 1998
  • Richard Stoltzman – World Beat Bach. BMG – 2000
  • Sisters of Glory – Good News in Hard Times. Warner 1995
  • Tim Sparks – At the Rebbe's Table. Tzadik 2002
  • Tim Sparks – Tanz (album)|Tanz. Tzadik 2000
  • Spyro Gyra – Dreams Beyond Control. GRP Records|GRP 1996
  • Spyro Gyra – The Deep End. Heads Up International 2004
  • Bob Telson – Calling You. Warner 1993
  • Bob Telson – La Vida Segun Muriel. VCC Polygram 1998
  • Trio Da Paz – Black Orpheus. Kokopelli 1994
  • Trilogia – Wheels Within Wheels. TDK/Japan 1992
  • Nana Vasconcelos – Rain Dance. Island 1989
  • Nana Vasconcelos – Fragments – Modern Tradition. Tzadik 1997
  • Roseanna VitroThe Time of My Life. Sea Breeze 1999
  • Grover Washington Jr.Soulful Strut. Columbia
  • Grover Washington Jr. – To Grover with Love. Atlantic 2001
  • Kazumi WatanabeMo' Bop III. Hybrid Records 2006
  • David Watson with Beat the Donkey – Skirl. Avant 1999
  • Yo-Yo MaObrigado Brasil. Sony Classical 2003
  • Yo-Yo Ma – Obrigado Brazil Live in Concert. Sony 2004
  • Tom ZeThe Hips of Tradition. Luaka Bop

References[edit]

  1. ^ Layne, Joslyn. "Cyro Baptista". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  2. ^ Nastos, Michael G. "Beat the Donkey". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  3. ^ Strauss, Neil (2003-01-08). "Tributaries to the Musical Mainstream". The New York Times. pp. E1. Retrieved 2008-07-18.
  4. ^ United States Artists Official Website Archived November 10, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/cyro-baptista-mn0000630439/credits
  6. ^ http://www.cyrobaptista.com/photos/photo88.jpg
  7. ^ "Cyro Baptista | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 December 2018.

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