Monday, February 19, 2007

CYRO AND BILLY'S EXOTIC RHYTHMS WORKSHOPS


They're back!!!!!!

Cyro and Billy will be hosting another series of workshops in Tenafly, NJ.

There will be 2 workshops this time - a Morning Session and an Afternoon Session

MORNING WORKSHOP group of four classes (2 hours each) held on :
March 31, April 1, April 7, April 8
PRICE : $400
10 am - 12:00 pm

AFTERNOON WORKSHOP group of four classes (2 hours each) held on :
March 31, April 1, April 7, April 8
PRICE : $400
2:30pm - 4:30 pm

Cyro will discuss Brazilian culture, music and being a percussionist. This
is a hands on type of workshop, starting with basic rhythms and getting
into more complex patterns, the students develop their perception and
musical intuition.

Billy will conduct a creative music workshop using various 'exotic'
percussion instruments on-hand. We will improvise as a group and encourage
individuals to solo within each piece of music we create together.

Instruments will be provided by Cyro and Billy.

SIGN UP EARLY!!
Space is extremely limited - 10 students per workshop!!

A $200 deposit holds your spot - the remainder is due at the first class.

Click Here To Give Your Deposit

If you are interested and would like more information, please email either:
riddim@billymartin.net or cyro@cyrobaptista.com

Beat The Donkey Back on the Road this Spring!!

Cyro and the crew will be back on the road this Spring!!

On the tour page - you can see the beginings of our spring/summer itinerary!!

Check back often - we will be filling our summer tour dates in the coming weeks!
Come check out BEAT THE DONKEY in a town near you!!!

Here's a little video to hold you over in the meantime:




Video Shot By
Eleonora Alberto

Music By
Cyro Baptista and Beat The Donkey

Movie Created By
Justin Bias

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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Back by Popular Demand: SUPERGENEROUS!!



On a recent trip to Toronto, Cyro met up with his good friend - guitarist Kevin Breit.

For those of you who are not familiar with Kevin... Kevin Breit is one of North America’s finest musicians and one of the most talented multi-instrumentalists around. He plays well over 30 different stringed instruments. He has recorded with a virtual who’s who of music. Breit's discography includes many popular names in the Canadian music scene, including artists like Cassandra Wilson, Janis Ian, Celine Dion, The Guess Who, Marc Jordan, k.d. lang and many many more. Kevin has also supported Norah Jones on her two albums and has toured extensively with her. He appeared with Norah at the Grammies in 2004, where she thanked him 3 times. His song 'Humble Me' is featured on her album 'Feels Like Home'. In 2004, Kevin was honoured with the prestigious Musician of the Year Award from the Toronto Musician's Union!!

Cyro and Kevin got to playing and pretty soon they were in the studio recording their second album together as SUPERGENEROUS.

The recording session was a fantastic success and the finishing touches are being put on the new album right now.

In case you missed the last album - - this is what the critics had to say:

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Here is a montage from the recording of the newest album:



On the new album Cyro and Kevin invited some guests into the studio. Ian De Souza supplied the Bass and Sue Patrick Breit lended her vocals to the recordings





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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Cartagena Festival Internacional de Música






The Robison, Lubambo & Baptista Trio played in Cartagena, Columbia to a very appreciative audience.

This was the first Cartagena Festival Internacional de Música and it was an unbelievable success!!!

We hope to be back next year and we hope to see you all there!






For those of you who don't know Paula Robison.. here's what the critics have to say:

“A rare artist who can make the flute sound both sensuous and classically pure…An absolute wonder.”

The New York Times


“....the music of Paula Robison's flute spun like gold among the trees on a starry night.”

Los Angeles Times






Rumero Lubambo, guitar, is equally as accomplished:

"Guitarist Romero Lubambo may be the best practitioner of his craft in the world today... the guitarist's facility, creativity and energy are in a class all their own."
Jazziz







Look for The Robison, Lubambo, Baptista Trio on the road over the next few months.

For more inforamtion on the the trio, visit:
http://www.paularobison.com/trio.html