Cyro Baptista
Tenafly, NJ
2009 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by Christopher V. Walker.

Cyro Baptista is one of the country’s leading percussionists. He studied music at the Instituto Villa-Lobos and the Conservatory of Music in Rio de Janeiro and worked in film and theater there before arriving in the U.S. in 1980 on a scholarship to the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, New York. Remaining in New York, Baptista became an in-demand studio musician playing and/or performing with numerous talents such as Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock, Yo-Yo Ma, Cassandra Wilson, and John Zorn, as well as prominent Brazilian musicians. In 2002, he created the 10-piece ensemble, Beat the Donkey, which merges music with dance and Carnaval-style theatrics.

Photos courtesy Eleonora Alberto © 2009.

  • Artwork by Cyro Baptista
    Photos courtesy Eleonora Alberto © 2009
Artwork by Cyro Baptista