One of the most charismatic and versatile percussionists around, Cyro Baptista has worked with everyone from Herbie Hancock, Sting and Paul Simon to Phish, Laurie Anderson and John Zorn. Following up on his brilliant first CD for Tzadik Beat the Donkey, Cyro Baptista now presents us with his second release, appropriately entitled Love the Donkey.Featuring a wild band of percussionists, dancers and musicians in a varied program of songs and instrumentals, this is an intense CD, beautifully recorded by Jamie Saft at his Brooklyn studio, that captures all the fun and unpredictable excitement of Cyro’s astonishing live shows. Creative and colorful new music for the whole family to enjoy.
Cyro Baptista is a Brazilian musician, teacher, and recording artist specializing in percussion in the genres of jazz and world music. Since arriving in the U.S. in 1980, Cyro Baptista has emerged as one of the premier percussionists in the country. Coinciding with the rise of the public's interest in world music, Cyro has recorded and toured with some of musicâs most popular names. His mastery of Brazilian percussion and the many instruments he creates himself, have catapulted him into world renown.
As a cultural ambassador to the world, Yo-Yo Ma has immersed himself in the native music of many countries and taken away charming souvenirs of his musical explorations that he shares openly and without affectation. The chief characteristic of Ma's approach is his showcasing of other talents, with a modesty and generosity on his part that makes these performances all the more appealing.
Inspired by the spiritual mythology of William Blake, A Vision in Blakelight is the latest in Zorn’s continuing series of 21st century mystical works. With a cinematic sweep reminiscent of his best film scores the music is alternately romantic, ominous, ecstatic, driving and meditative. Featuring the Nova quartet augmented by harp and percussion—and the charismatic Jack Huston reciting from Blake’s Jerusalem on one mysterious track—this suite of ten instrumental miniatures references jazz, classical, easy listening, film music and minimalism. A lovely and varied suite reflecting the humanistic philosophy of the immortal visionary William Blake with a dramatic and brilliant lyricism.