Cyro Baptista brought his CHAMA solo project to Park City Music Hall in Bridgeport, CT on Saturday.
Earlier this year, the Brazilian percussion master and longtime Trey Anastasio Band member released his latest solo endeavor, entitled “CHAMA,” which means flame in Portuguese. The album is percussion-driven, naturally, and combines elements of Cyro’s multi-faceted background including traditional Latin Bossa Nova, blues, and Reggaeton. Though experimental, the project speaks to a mass audience with universal human rhythms.
Each of the 14 tracks on CHAMA features a different lineup of musicians, but Cyro has assembled a stellar band to interpret the album live with Felipe Hostins on accordion, Brian Marsella on keyboards, Gil Oliveira on drums, and Cyro himself providing layers of sound with a vast array of obscure and homemade instruments, noisemakers, animal calls, and electronically processed vocalizations.
Saturday’s show also coincided with the 60th anniversary celebration for WPKN Community Radio.
Click below to view a gallery of photos from Cyro Baptista’s CHAMA at Park City Music Hall in Bridgeport, CT courtesy of photographer David Gray.
Cyro Baptista joins back up with Trey Anastasio Band this weekend for Suwannee Hulaween and will bring CHAMA to perform at Big Ears Festival in March. He also has a residency at The Stone in May. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit his website.