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Cyro Baptista: Sounds of Community–Free Community Workshops!

March 29 @ 12:00 am - April 3 @ 11:59 pm

Calling all community musicians with diverse musical & cultural traditions and music enthusiasts! 

Hosted by Arts Transcending Borders at the College of the Holy Cross, renowned Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista arrives at JMAC/Worcester PopUp to lead Sounds of Community workshops, building towards a final performance at the JMAC/Brickbox with Baptista’s winsome quartet, the Banquet of Spirits, and community participants. As part of his week-long residency, Cyro Baptista will lead workshops with a variety of community groups and participants, using everyday objects as well as traditional instruments. This performance is the culmination of the residency and includes community participation.

A veteran of stage and studio work with the likes of Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock, Yo-Yo Ma, Trey Anastasio (of Phish), Sting, the New York Philharmonic, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, 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 totally accessible. His technique of using his body, spare parts of kitchenware, anything that’s out of the ordinary and traditional instruments, makes his workshops a truly unique and entertaining experience.

Free and open to the general public. For details, call us at (508) 793-3835 or email atb@holycross.edu. 

Tuesday, March 29, 6-8 PM

Sounds of Community Workshop with Cyro Baptista

JMAC Worcester PopUp

Friday, April 1, 6-8 PM 

Sounds of Community Workshop with Cyro Baptista

JMAC Worcester PopUp

Saturday, April 2, 10 AM–12 PM 

Family Music Day with Cyro Baptista

JMAC Worcester PopUp

From spare car parts and kitchenware to a wild assortment of recycled materials, legendary percussionist Cyro Baptista uses everyday objects and traditional instruments to bring participants together in rediscovering the most ancient form of communication – sound. Join us for a family-friendly workshop and exploration of the immensely rich musical world of one of the premier percussionists on the planet. For families with kids ages 5 & up


Sign up for free, public workshops: bit.ly/cyroworkshops


Disclaimer: The Worcester PopUp at the JMAC is a free-to-use, creative co-working space of the Worcester Cultural Coalition and in partnership with The Barr Foundation. This event does not necessarily reflect the views of either organization.


This residency is funded in part by awards from the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies; the Worcester Arts Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency; and the National Endowment for the Arts.



March 29 @ 12:00 am
April 3 @ 11:59 pm

JMAC Worcester PopUp

20 Franklin Street

Worcester, MA

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