Cyro Baptista performs at the Hoboken Arts & Music Festival


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Cyro Baptista to perform at the Hoboken Spring Arts & Music Festival

Sunday May 7, 2006
11am to 6pm

Washington Street - Observer Highway to 7th Street in Hoboken, NJ

Featuring over 300 artists, sculptors, photographers and craftspeople

3 stages of live performance - so far featuring:
* Cyro Baptista: http://www.cyrobaptista.com (see bio below)
* The Soul Cruisers: http://www.soulcruisers.com
* The Verdict: http://www.verdictisin.com
* Red Molly: http://www.redmolly.com
* Majorette: http://www.majorettemusic.com

More Musical performers to be announced . . .

* Special section with Fine Artists
* Lots of great Food
* Children's area with rides, games, creative activities, ponies, face painting, clowns, balloons, live performances and much much more
*Crafters display / sell handmade items
* Hoboken restaurants will set up street cafes offering an eclectic variety of international foods

Attendance for last year's Hoboken Spring Art & Music Festival was estimated between 40,000 to 50,000.

Contact Person: Geri Fallo
Hoboken Division of Cultural Affairs
94 Washington Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: 201-420-2207
Fax: 201-420-2388
Email: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.hobokennj.org

Bio for Cyro Baptista:
Cyro Baptista: www.cyrobaptista.com
“...The man the stars call when they want that otherworldly flavor in the mix..."--Time Out New York

Since arriving in the U.S. in 1980 from his native country Brazil, Cyro Baptista has emerged as one of the premier percussionists in the country. Coinciding with the rise in the public's interest of world music, Cyro has managed to record and tour with some of music's most popular names. His mastery of Brazilian percussion and the many instruments he creates himself has catapulted him into world renown.

Cyro's credits read like a “Who's Who" of modern music. He toured extensively with Yo-Yo Ma's Brazil Project, Trey Anastasio's band , John Zorn's Electric Masada and Sting, and played on Herbie Hancock's Grammy award winning Gershwin's World and Paul Simon's Rhythm of the Saints.

The wide range of artists Cyro Baptista has performed and recorded with also include: David Byrne, Kathleen Battle, Gato Barbieri, Dr. John, Brian Eno, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Robert Palmer, Melissa Etheridge, Laurie Anderson, John Zorn, James Taylor, Carly Simon, Michael Tilson Thomas, Daniel Barenboin, Bobby McFerrin, Wynton Marsalis, Yo-Yo-Ma, Medeski Martin & Wood, Spyro Gyra, Trey Anastasio from Phish, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Santana and Sting. He has also played with many respected Brazilian artists such as Milton Nascimento, Caetano Veloso, Ivan Lins, Marisa Monte, and Nana Vasconcelos.

Cyro has performed on five Grammy award winning albums: Yo-Yo-Ma's Obrigado Brasil, Cassandra Wilson's Blue Light 'Til Dawn, The Chieftains' Santiago, Ivan Lins' A Love Affair, and Herbie Hancocks highly-acclaimed Gershwin's World. A documentary on Cyro's main project, Beat the Donkey, was recorded for the prestigious WGBH-TV Boston program 'La Plaza' won 3 New England EMMY Awards in 2002, and continues to air on PBS stations nationwide. Cyro collaborated with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra for a Brazilian Carnaval modern jazz concert.

The first Beat the Donkey album, (TZADIK) was picked by The New York Times as one of the ten best alternative albums of 2002. Readers of JAZZIZ and DRUM magazine voted it as “Best Brazilian CD of the Year" and named Cyro “Best Percussionist of 2002." Downbeat Magazine's 51st annual critics' poll selected Cyro as “Rising Star" in percussion.

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