Banquet of the Spirits ensemble will include:
Cyro Baptista; Brian Marsella; Shanir Blumenkranz; Tim Keiper and Iuri Oriente.
CYRO BAPTISTA arrived in the U.S. in 1980 from his native Brazil, and has emerged as one of the premier percussionists in the world. A veteran of stage and studio work with the likes of Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock, Trey Anastasio, John Zorn, Yo-Yo Ma, Laurie Anderson, Cassandra Wilson, Sting and many others, Baptista is one of the most sought-after players around. His visionary approach to music-making stresses inclusion, community, and pushing past boundaries, while remaining refreshingly fun and accessible.
In a polarized culture, music can be a unifying force that enables people to find a common language, if only for a moment. World-renowned percussionist Cyro Baptista believes there has never been a better time to bring people together to re-discover that most ancient form of communication: Sound!
Working with fellow artists Billy Martin (drummer for Medeski, Martin and Wood), pianist Brian Marsella and sculptor Shasti O’Leary Soudant, Baptista is coming to Artpark in Lewiston, NY for 10 days of workshops, performances and an interactive installation that promises to reaffirm his belief in music’s transformative powers.
Read full interview with Cyro at artpark’s website: http://www.artpark.net/cyro-baptista