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Cyro Baptista’s Banquet of the Spirits at UC Davis Mondavi Center

UC Davis Mondavi Center
05/16/2012 – 05/19/2012 8:00 PM


Since arriving in the United States in 1980 from his native Brazil, Cyro Baptista has emerged as one of the foremost percussionists in the world. His endless sonic curiosity and intense rhythmic drive have spurred collaborations with everyone from Herbie Hancock and John Zorn to Yo-Yo Ma and Medeski Martin & Wood. His Banquet of the Spirits trio features two equally adventurous musicians—multi-instrumentalist Shanir Blumenkranz (bass and oud) and jaw-dropping fingerpicking guitarist Tim Sparks—mixing far-flung sounds of the Jewish diaspora with Brazilian melodies to create “a diversity of sounds and colors that can’t be found anywhere else. This is global exotica of a kind so wonderfully weird and cool that it’s a must-listen for 2011” (All About Jazz).

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