• Eating, Swallowing, and Digesting

    Percussionist Cyro Baptista is an eclectic musician; a master of myriad styles who has performed with a vast range of artists around the world. Baptista eloquently shared some thoughts about music-making and his band as prelude to their upcoming Neighborhood Concert.

    "This band is a musical manifestation of the process of eating, swallowing, and digesting all the tendencies that are part of the sonic landscape. The music is a product of the sounds these players have collectively consumed over the years; some of them they have digested and others they have rejected. Through this process it has been difficult to identify what belongs to what country, culture, or religion."

    We all have the anthropofagic nature within us
    We devour each other seeking transformation
    The mouth is sacred because of all the things that come in and go out
    We eat, we speak, we kiss, we smile and sing
    The mouth is the portal to our brain, stomach and heart
    The mouth is the system connecting our intellect, emotion and spirit
    And it digests everybody and everything in its path
    All is gloriously regurgitated
    We choose the essentials
    And eat again
    And again
    And again
    — Cyro Baptista