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

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

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

Wexner Center for the Arts

8 p.m. Thursday, March 6

1871 N. High St., Campus