The Appel Room

Cyro Baptista at 70: Spirit of Brazil

What To Expect

  • Brazilian percussion superstar Cyro Baptista celebrates his 70th birthday with very special surprise guests.
  • Astonishing percussion feats performed on both traditional instruments and a variety of unexpected objects.

“I don’t even think of him as a percussionist, because he is so much his own personality that it almost transcends any percussion instrument he could be playing.” - Yo-Yo Ma

“Truly one of the greatest musicians in the world” - Wynton Marsalis

Brazilian percussion superstar Cyro Baptista takes over The Appel Room for a wild 70th birthday party with some very special surprise guests.

Baptista is a one-of-a-kind musician loved worldwide for his astonishing percussion feats and irresistible eccentricity. He delights in playing an almost comically large range of instruments, many of which he creates himself. Beyond being a master of traditional percussion staples, Baptista uses creative genius and a magic touch to make all sorts of everyday objects sound like bespoke musical instruments. It’s a source of constant surprise and wonder, and seeing how he creates the sounds that millions of people have heard on recordings is an endless source of entertainment during his performances.

Over the past few decades, Baptista has performed, toured, and recorded Grammy Award–winning albums with such varying musicians as John Zorn, Yo-Yo Ma, Paul Simon, Phish, Milton Nascimento, Kathleen Battle, James Taylor, Bobby McFerrin, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Sting, Herbie Hancock, and dozens more. Just as he’s the go-to guy when great musicians need a percussionist, top artists are always keen to help Baptista out with his own projects. Special guest appearances are already planned by composer and saxophone legend John Zorn and Brazilian jazz guitarist RomeroLubambo, and it will be exciting to see who else he enlists for this special event!

Whether he’s playing his own original compositions or reinventing music by artists ranging from Heitor Villa-Lobos to John Zorn, Don Cherry, and Led Zeppelin, Baptista transports audiences into a singular world of sound and rhythm. Headlining The Appel Room for the first time ever, Baptista is going all out to make sure his birthday blowout is an unforgettable occasion.

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