Event Details

Monday, July 24th, 2017
|  5:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday, July 29th, 2017

Sound of the Community Workshop with Cyro Baptista

JULY 24-29 (5pm – 8pm daily)

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JULY 24-29 (5pm – 8pm daily)

Join Cyro Baptista as he leads free daily percussion workshops with collaborators Billy Martin of Medeski Martin & Wood and pianist Brian Marsella. A project of true inclusion, the workshops are open to all and will bring participants together in re-discovering the most ancient form of communication -- sound. Instruments will be provided but you may also bring your own instruments. No musical background required.
Workshop will meet daily at the Emerald Grove stage (Rain location: Artpark Gallery).

RSVP and questions can be sent to: artpark@artpark.net 


with special guests cyro baptista's banquet of the spirits
JULY 19 at 6:00pm

Tickets: $12-$27 

Catch Cyro Baptista’s Banquet of the Spirits live on the Amphitheater stage prior to Ziggy Marley’s set as part of the Coors Light Concerts at Artpark Series. Tickets are $12-$27, click here for ticket details or to purchase now.

Thom Jurek of Allmusic described Banquet of the Spirits as “undeniable in how provocative, powerful, and deeply enjoyable it is as a listening experience. Whether one relishes ‘progressive,’ ‘modern,’ ‘primitive,’ ‘art,’ or ‘pop’ music, this one’s for you.”

Banquet of the Spirits ensemble will include:
Cyro Baptista; Brian Marsella; Shanir Blumenkranz; Tim Keiper and Iuri Oriente.


ARTPARK PERCUSSION GARDEN: Beat Blossom opening concert
and exhibition
JULY 30 at 4pm

In collaboration with Buffalo-based sculptor, Shasti O’Leary Soudant and students from the University at Buffalo, Cyro Baptista an interactive sound-generating installation entitled “Beat Blossom” will come to life. Cyro will perform an original musical composition created especially for the installation at the Artpark Percussion Garden. The opening event will also include a concert with Cyro Baptista, Billy Martin, Brian Marsella, Slyboots Circus, UB Percussion Collective, and other local musicians on the Emerald Grove Stage in the Lower Park. The interactive event is free and open to all.

In the Artpark Percussion Garden, visitors explore different ways to interact and produce sound while posing curious questions on the nature of a performance, music-making and relationships within the natural environment of the park.

The Artpark Percussion Garden was launched in 2016 with the support of Charles D. and Mary A. Bauer Foundation and includes Chime Tree and Swingset by David Cossin (Bang on a Can), and Earth Drums by Glenn Kotche (Wilco) and is open to the public May-September. 




CYRO BAPTISTA arrived in the U.S. in 1980 from his native Brazil, and has emerged as one of the premier percussionists in the world. A veteran of stage and studio work with the likes of Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock, Trey Anastasio, John Zorn, Yo-Yo Ma, Laurie Anderson, Cassandra Wilson, Sting and many others, Baptista is one of the most sought-after players around. His visionary approach to music-making stresses inclusion, community, and pushing past boundaries, while remaining refreshingly fun and accessible. 



SHASTI O’LEARY SOUDANT is a Buffalo-based trans-disciplinary artist, designer and writer who has exhibited internationally. In her art practice, she uses a wide range of media and material to create objects and immersive experiences that attempt to initiate meaningful engagements with the public that concern perspective, hidden forces, transformation and the ways in which we edit the self. More Info




Cyro Baptista’s “Sound of the Community” Comes to Artpark in July