• Thursday, Aug 26, 2010

    Cyro Baptista Performs Music from Vira Loucos Project in Zankel Hall October 13




    On Wednesday, October 13 at 9:00 p.m. Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista presents Vira Loucos, a performance featuring music written or inspired by one of the most significant composers in twentieth century Brazilian classical music—Heitor Villa-Lobos. Originally recorded more than thirteen years ago as Baptista’s critically-acclaimed solo debut album, Villa Lobos/Vira Loucos, the project marked Baptista’s transition from a sought after side-man to respected composer and bandleader. His distinctive take on Villa Lobos’s music led the coining of the term vira loucos or turning crazy. Baptista’s Zankel Hall performance marks only the second ever live performance of Vira Loucos, and features his original compositions alongside Villa Lobos’s works. The event also commemorates Baptista’s upcoming 60th birthday, and the culmination of a 30-year career spanning musical genres from jazz and classical to world music and rock. Accompanying Baptista in concert are vocalist Vanessa Falabella, guitarist Romero Lubambo, drummer Tim Keiper, bassist Shanir Blumenkranz, hyper-accordionist Michael Ward-Bergeman, and electronic guitar and banjo-player Kevin Breit. Special guest, saxophonist John Zorn will also perform.

    Since arriving in the U.S. in 1980 from his native Brazil and beginning his career on the streets of lower Manhattan, Cyro Baptista has emerged as one of the premier percussionists in the country—making a mark with his own distinctive projects as well as his recordings and tours with some of music’s most popular performers. His mastery of Brazilian percussion and the many instruments he creates for himself has catapulted him into world renown. With his own ensemble, the percussion and dance group Beat the Donkey, Baptista gives free reign to his imagination by mixing his musical skills, natural humor, and theatrical ways with instruments from Brazil, the Middle East, Indonesia, Africa, and the U.S. Since 1997, Baptista has released nine albums with various musical projects including Beat the Donkey, Banquet of the Spirits, Supergenerous, Robison, Lumbambo, and Baptista with acclaimed classical flutist Paula Robison as well as with avant-garde guitarist Derek Bailey.

    Baptista has performed and recorded with artists ranging from Brian Eno, James Taylor, Sting, and Jay-Z to Michael Tilson Thomas, Daniel Barenboim, Yo-Yo Ma, and Trey Anastasio. He has also performed with a number of renowned Brazilian artists including Milton Nascimento, Caetano Veloso, Ivan Lins, Marisa Monte, and Nana Vasconcelos. Baptista can be heard on five Grammy-winning albums including Yo-Yo Ma’s Obrigado Brazil, Cassandra Wilson's Blue Light 'Til Dawn, The Chieftains' Santiago, Ivan Lins's A Love Affair, and Herbie Hancock’s highly-acclaimed album Gershwin's World. A documentary on his Beat the Donkey ensemble was recorded for the prestigious WGBH-TV Boston program La Plaza and won three New England EMMY Awards in 2002. The documentary continues to air on PBS stations nationwide.

    Program Information
    Wednesday, October 13 at 9:00 p.m.
    Zankel Hall

    Cyro Baptista, Percussion and Vocals
    Romero Lubambo, Guitar
    Kevin Breit, Electric Guitar and Banjo
    Michael Ward-Bergeman, Hyper-accordion
    Shanir Blumenkranz, Bass
    Tim Keiper, Drums
    Vanessa Falabella, Vocals
    John Zorn, Saxophone

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall. 

    Ticket Information
    Single tickets, priced at $34 and $44, will go on sale to the general public on August 30 at 8:00 a.m.. All tickets may be purchased at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, or online by visiting carnegiehall.org.

    For more information on discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts.



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