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Event Review: Cyro Baptista @ Makor (New York)
February 14, 2003
By Matthew S. Robinson
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2004-03-24
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Whether you are single or attached, Valentine's Day is a great excuse for a party. And a party is just what resulted when Cyro Baptista crashed into the 92nd Street Y's Makor Center. Dressed in all manner of clothes, from morning suits to evening gowns, the overwhelmingly talented band of multi-instrumentalists collectively known as "Beat the Donkey" combined Baptista's native Brazilian beats with all manner of international noises. From sweet and sloppy Blues to tight techno samples, the group kept the level of variety high and the level of energy even higher.

When not playing everything from tuned bells, zydecos, gongs, and melophones to oxygen tanks, chainsaws, air raid sirens and talking dog puppets(!), Baptista's team amazed the crowd with their synchronized step-dancing and body percussion displays. As folks stood on chairs to see the amplified tap dancing routines and to check out the latest costume changes, Baptista directed with a coach's whistle, turning the rich rhythms on a dime in a non-stop array of sound and fury.

Among the highlights were a Bonzo-fied cover of Led Zep's "Immigrant Song" and a tri-lingual love song about quitting smoking. Part Blue Man Group, part Stomp!, part Riverdance, part pow-wow and all fun, Cyro Baptista put together a Valentine's Day party even lonelyhearts could love!


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