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Percussionist Cyro Baptista Performs with “Banquet of the Spirits” May 5

May 5, 2018

World Music Event Anchors Mahaney Center for the Arts’ 25th Anniversary Celebration

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Middlebury, VT—Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista has performed on five Grammy-winning albums and toured with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma, Trey Anastasio, Herbie Hancock, Sting, and Paul Simon. At Middlebury College, he leads his winsome quartet—Banquet of the Spirits—on a virtuosic trek through Afro-Brazilian beats with improvised jazz. Concertgoers are in for a wild and carnivalesque stew of joy and irreverence.

Performing Arts Series Director Allison Coyne Carroll explains, “As I considered a performance to join with the Mahaney Center for the Arts’ 25th Anniversary celebration, Cyro and Banquet of the Spirits seemed the perfect fit. I’ve tracked Cyro’s career since first seeing him perform with Brazilian vocalist Monica Salmaso in 2002, and continue to be awed by his thoughtful and effervescent approach to music.” She adds, “Be sure to join us in the lobby afterwards, where the party will continue!”

Banquet of the Spirits anchors a grand celebration that begins with food, music, and Museum of Art tours at 6:00 p.m. and continues with performances and receptions around the Mahaney Center for the Arts through the night. For more information, visit


About the Artists

Four musicians in a living room wearing unusual hatsOne of the premiere percussionists on the planet, Cyro Baptista has played alongside a veritable “Who’s Who” of modern musicians including Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock, Yo-Yo Ma, Trey Anastasio (of Phish), John Zorn, Laurie Anderson, Cassandra Wilson, Sting, the New York Philharmonic, the Kennedy Center Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and many others. His visionary approach to music-making stresses inclusion, community, and pushing past boundaries, while remaining refreshingly fun and totally accessible.

Baptista will lead his quartet on a whirlwind tour of music Man reaching out of flowers with tambourinefrom all around the world. Banquet of the Spirits embodies the Brazilian philosophy of anthropofagia, or cultural cannibalism, a term coined by the Brazilian modernist poet Oswald de Andrade for a radical new approach to art-making. Washed out surf rock splashes, blazing hardbop solos, breathtaking West African harping, and exquisite Brazilian rhythms all coalesce as these four astonishing players draw freely on sounds and instruments from around the globe to create utterly unique combinations.

“A joyous, carnival-like treat.”—All About Jazz

“Simply ingenious... undeniable... provocative, powerful and deeply enjoyable.”—All Music Guide


Performance Details

Cyro Baptista’s Banquet of the Spirits will perform on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 8:00 P.M. at the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts’ Robison Hall. The Mahaney Center is located at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south, on the campus of Middlebury College. Free parking is available curbside on Route 30 or in the Center for the Arts parking lot, in rows marked faculty/staff/visitors. Tickets are $22 for adults; $16 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, emeriti, and alumni; $10 for youth 18 and under; and $6 for Middlebury College students, and are on sale at 802-443-MIDD (6433) or

Concertgoers are invited to free events both before and after the show. For information on the Mahaney Center for the Arts’ 25th anniversary celebration, visit



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Cyro Baptista’s Banquet of the Spirits will celebrate the Mahaney Center for the Arts’ 25 Anniversary on May 5.


Mahaney Arts Center
Middlebury College
South Main St./Route 30 South
72 Porter Field Rd.
Middlebury, VT 05753
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