Since arriving in the US in 1980 from his native country Brazil, Cyro Baptista has emerged as one of the premier percussionists in the country. During his Spring-Summer 2017 Residency
, Baptista worked with Buffalo sculptor Shasti O’Leary Soudant and UB students on the creation of a unique sculpture/percussion instrument, the Beat Blossom, that was installed
in the Percussion Garden at Artpark
. His residency culminated in a performance marking the opening of the new permanent installation on July 30, 2017. This performance included Baptista, Billy Martin, Tom Kolor, UB music students
, participants in the Sound of the Community workshop
, and others.