Cyro Baptista is a Brazilian percussionist, known for hand building many of the percussion instruments he plays. Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Baptista arrived in the U.S. in 1980 with a scholarship to Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, New York.
Batista has played with Herbie Hancock, John Zorn, Robert Palmer, Laurie Anderson, Derek Bailey and Brian Eno to name a few. His percussion and dance ensemble ‘Beat the Donkey’ has had two albums released on Zorn’s Tzadik label.
Baptista also conducts educational "rhythm workshops" in a variety of formats. He has provided presentations for a range of audiences, from elementary school children to professional musicians.