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Cyro Baptista: in his own words

From: David Schulman
Series: Musicians in their own words
Length: 07:06

Cyro Baptista in his percussion garage ... Read the full description.

Cyrobtdcoverele_small Beyond-Brazilian musician Cyro Baptista is fluent in the musical languages of samba, cabela, and yoyoma. Also, squirrel. He proves it in this piece, and demonstrates how he narrowly averted disaster during a recording session with the fearsome-to-some-people soprano Kathleen Battle. Cyro's secret weapon? A vacuum cleaner hose. Originally included in "Keepers of the Groove," a Musicians in their own words special distributed in 2007 by PRI.

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Piece Description

Beyond-Brazilian musician Cyro Baptista is fluent in the musical languages of samba, cabela, and yoyoma. Also, squirrel. He proves it in this piece, and demonstrates how he narrowly averted disaster during a recording session with the fearsome-to-some-people soprano Kathleen Battle. Cyro's secret weapon? A vacuum cleaner hose. Originally included in "Keepers of the Groove," a Musicians in their own words special distributed in 2007 by PRI.

Broadcast History

Originally included in "Keepers of the Groove," a Musicians in their own words special distributed in 2007 by PRI.

Timing and Cues

Cyro Baptista grew up in Brazil. He can play a mean samba.

He's really made a name for himself, though, by playing with musicians from OTHER styles -- jazz pianist Herbie Hancock. Lyric soprano Kathleen Battle. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

Cyro Baptista invited our producer David Schulman to visit his house in the New Jersey suburbs. He picked him up at the bus station, and they went out back, to Cyro's workshop -- a garage crammed with all kinds of percussion.

Whatever he touched made some kind of musical sound ...

TAPE IN: "You can go crazy here. I don't know if you know this big shop, Cabella's? ...

TAPE OUT: ends over music. Last spoken words: "the waves of the ocean."

OUTRO:

The words and the sounds of Cyro Baptista.

We heard from him in his garage full of percussion, behind his house in New Jersey. He's got a workroom almost as big -- just to hold the CASES for all his instruments ...

Our piece was produced by David Schulman, and supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Related Website

http://www.ownwords.org