Friday, January 13, 2006

News From The Road

I ran past coconuts, biquinis and the smell of salt, jumped into the transparent waters of Arpoador in Ipanema , in and out of the water, quickly to the Rio de Janeiro Airport. I was so tired that I felt asleep right away when I got inside the plane.

Buummm.... woke up with the impact of the landing, opened the little window of the plane and everything was white, "snowing heavy in NY". I went straight to the Apollo Theater in Harlem to rehearse with Herbie Hancock and Sting for the ABC's Good Morning America. The band is amazing with Steve Jordan on drums, John Patituchi on bass and Lionel Loueke on guitar.(vide photo) Life is Beautifully!

Next was an incredible night with Makigami (throat singer from Japan) at the Stone in the East-Village. First as a duo, then we were joined by Ikue Mori (computer samples) and John Zorn (neuro-romantic sax). See video of Cyro and Makigami in Tokyo 2005

I am learning, or better, I am trying to learn how to use ProTools. It has been so hard and I hope I am not too much of a 3rd world person, so I can learn and work with it in my next record that is starting to take shape.

Christmas, and is time for the Broza Five at 92nd Street Y. It is the tenth anniversary of this show on Christmas night. David Broza, our beloved leader, played guitar and sang better than ever, Francisco Centeno on bass, Julio on guitar and Jay Beckestein on soprano. It was a sold out crowd and was a preparation for our trip to Israel by January.

New Years was very intense.
Playing the New Year's Eve concert at Tonic with Electric Masada on 31st, then Mike Patton, Bill Laswell and Zorn on the 1st. I survived!!!

I finished my participation acting on the feature film "Across the Universe" directed by Julie Taymor. I did Mr.Kite's scene. With this stupid costume (a cymbal on my head, a bass drum on my back and a snare) I look more like a Brazilian old monkey. I am sure nobody will recognize me. Hours and hours of waiting, but is going to be an incredible movie about Beatles songs.

Happy New Year for you all with a lot of the things that you like the most.

Cyro

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