Since arriving in the United States from his native Brazil, performer and band leader Cyro Baptista has emerged as one of the premier percussionists in the world, bringing his unique charm and intense rhythmic drive to countless stages, performing on numerous Grammy-winning recordings, and collaborating with a myriad of musical luminaries, such as Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock, John Zorn, Sting, and others.
Described by Thom Jurek of All Music as “simply one of the most limitless musicians we have,” Baptista’s many honors include DownBeat Critics Poll Percussionist of the Year in 2013 and 2011, Jazz Journalists Association Percussionist of the Year in 2007 and 2010, Drum Magazine Percussionist of the Year in 2003 and 2004, and US Artists Walker Fellow in 2009-10.
Baptista leads four different ensembles, has released ten albums, and tours continuously throughout the world.
He conducts master classes at major musical institutions, including Juilliard, Berklee College of Music, Mannes College of Music, The New School, New World Symphony Orchestra, Kimmel Center Jazz Camp, and K-12 schools across the country.
Baptista has a great interest in education and spreading his knowledge, especially to underserved populations through his “Sound of Community” initiative.