Tune in to Som do Brasil at 11:00 PM on Wednesday, July 13 to hear from Cyro Baptista live in the studio. The show will feature musical selections and insights from Baptista, who has established himself as one of the country's premier percussionists since arriving in the U.S. in 1980 from his native country, Brazil. Cyro has recorded and toured with some of music’s most popular names, and his mastery of Brazilian percussion, as well as the many instruments he creates himself, have catapulted him into world renown.
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 Hancockæs 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 also collaborated with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra for a Brazilian Carnaval modern jazz concert.