Cyro Baptista & Brian Marsella DUOS


Celebrated percussionist Cyro Baptista teams up with the astonishing and passionate pianist Brian Marsella with a new program of composed pieces for percussion, piano and a lot more!

Brazilian performer and bandleader Cyro Baptista is widely considered one of the premier percussionists on the planet, bringing his unique charm and undeniable rhythmic drive to countless stages, performing on numerous Grammy Award-winning recordings, and collaborating with myriad luminaries such as Trey Anastasio, John Zorn, Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock, Laurie Anderson, Yo-Yo Ma, Medeski, Martin & Wood and Sting. He is described by Thom Jurek of All Music, as “simply one of the most limitless musicians we have”.

Cyro arrived in the USA in 1980 and began to collaborate with John Zorn in his early years of NYC living. He’s been a member of many of Zorn's seminal bands, such as Electric Masada, Bar Kokhba and Essencial Cinema. He recorded over 50 CDs on Tzadik and has been an integral piece of the development of the "NYC downtown music scene”. He has been a member of Trey Anastasio Band ( from Phish) since 2001 and will be touring again with TAB in 2019.

Pianist Brian Marsella has risen to the top rank of NYC jazz pianists. A Philadelphia native, Marsella moved to New York in 1998 and has been touring and recording consistently since. Currently, Marsella has 7 albums out as a leader or co-leader with his groups The Flail, iMAGiNARiUM, and his trio with Trevor Dunn and Kenny Wollesen. Brian can also be heard on over 30 other albums including 12 on John Zorn's TZADIK label. Since 2004, Marsella has been of member of Cyro Baptista's Beat the Donkey and Banquet of the Spirits. With Cyro, Brian has toured the world and helped lead workshops in Brazilian rhythms and in the community building project, 'Sound of the Community.' Brian's touring and recording credits include John Zorn, Cyro Baptista, Matisyahu, Marshall Allen, Hassan Hakmoun, Billy Martin, Nels Cline, Zion80 and Yemen Blues.

“The classically trained Marsella displayed dizzying technique while imbuing pieces with an authentic soul-jazz feeling”
- Bill Milkowski