Concert preview: Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista embraces his cannibalistic tendencies at the Wex

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From the March 6, 2014 edition

Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista, who performs here with his four-piece ensemble Banquet of the Spirits, has collaborated with a diverse array of musicians, including David Byrne, Caetano Veloso and Phish’s Trey Anastasio. According to a press release, the crew is heavily inspired by the Brazilian philosophy of “anthropofagia,” or cultural cannibalism, and as such its music cuts a wide swath, incorporating elements of samba, free-jazz, avant-rock and more.

The songs I sampled online sounded were appropriately freewheeling, with one track building from bird calls that suggested a tropical jungle environment to percussive movements more in line with a beachside Carnival celebration.

The performance is part of the Wexner Center’s ongoing “Via Brasil” exhibit, which explores the art and culture emanating from modern-day Brazil.

Eleonora Alberto photo