Cyro Baptista’s Beat The Donkey comes to Severance Hall October 9!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 ·

Friday, October 9, at 7 p.m. begins Fridays@7, an exciting new series of five Friday nights at Severance Hall – a Cleveland Orchestra concert plus post-concert world music. On October 9, Brazilian sonic provocateur Cyro Baptista brings his ensemble Beat The Donkey to bring down the house.

Beat The Donkey is more than just a band. It is a multicultural, polyphonic, highly creative and entertaining group that takes rhythms beyond their natural frontiers and creates a brand of music too innovative and varied to be labeled. The ensemble’s name, “Beat The Donkey,” comes from the Brazilian expression “Pau Na Mula” meaning “Let’s go, let’s do it!”

Cyro Baptista is internationally recognized as one of most inventive and undefinable percussionists . Cyro’s endless sonic curiosity and intense rhythmic drive has made him the percussionist of choice for some of the world’s biggest stars, including Yo-Yo Ma, Trey Anastasio (Phish), John Zorn, Medeski, Martin&Wood, Laurie Anderson, Herbie Hancock, Paul Simon, Wynton Marsalis and Sting. He also can be seen on the big screen stealing the scene at Jonathan Demme’s acclaimed movie “Rachel Getting Married.” Hear and see more of Cyro Baptista on his MySpace page.

Beat The Donkey in performance at the FMM Sines Festival in Sines, Portugal:


How the evening goes:

@5:30 p.m.
>doors open.
> bars open, have a drink, snacks and light food. maybe dinner at the Severance Restaurant (call ahead for that at 216-231-7373).

@7:00 p.m.
>the music begins, there’s no intermission, it’s straight-through like a movie. exciting and to the point.

@8:15 p.m. (or so)
>applause, and then it’s on for more. music. and drinks, food, relaxing, chatting, Friday fun

@late…
>more music in a different style. ask someone to join you. for dessert, wine, beer, cocktails, and delicious food. drive safely home.

What people are saying about Cyro Baptista:


“...truly one of the greatest musicians in the world...” – Wynton Marsalis

“wild, vivid entertainment.” – The New York Times


“Cyro follows an eclectic muse that helps him balance compositional sophistication with bedrock propulsion.” – New York Magazine

Tickets and more info: click here or call 216-231-1111.


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