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Baptista, Cyro: Bluefly (Tzadik)

A pop-infused psychedelic trip featuring Cyro with a huge lineup of superb musicians, lyrical improvisation with latin and world influences, with Baptista taking vocals over his eclectic and melodically embraceable music; a beautiful album to return to frequently.

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UPC: 702397401421

Label: Tzadik
Catalog ID: TZA-CD-4014
Squidco Product Code: 21888

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
Recorded Out Of My Mind Studios in Montclair, New Jersey in 2014-2015 by Justin Bias and Cadu Costa.


Cyro Baptista-percussion, vocals

Tim Keiper-Kamel Ngoni, drum set

Ira Coleman-bass

Vincent Segal-cello

Romero Lubambo-guitar

Brian Marsella-Shahi Baaja, Andes #25F, Fender Rhodes

Ikue Mori-laptop

Amir Ziv-drums

Mark Ari-samples

Justin Bias-samples

Kevin Breit-mandolin orchestra


Felipe Calderon-samples

Andy Caploe-samples

Alessandro Ciari-samples

Cadu Costa-guitar, clarinet

Chikako Iwahori-Surdo

Franca Landau-samples

Zao Maura cio-Surdo

Marcelo Paganini-samples

Max Pollak-Surdo

Steve Sandberg-samples

Leni Stern

Gene Torres-samples

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track listing:

1. Menina 4:41

2. Trovao 4:29

3. Kong 2:26

4. Bala 5:19

5. Tarde 4:46

6. Hammer 3:07

7. Aguidavi 4:21

8. From The Belly 4:54

9. T Rex Constitution 3:11

10. Love Song 5:59

11. Under The Influence 2:35

12. Menina Interlude 1:18

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"A veteran of groups led by Herbie Hancock, Yo-Yo Ma, Laurie Anderson, Paul Simon, Phish, Sting and many more, Cyro Baptista continues to bring life, love and madness to every ensemble he works with. His own bands Banquet of the Spirits and Beat the Donkey tour the world to great acclaim and his CDs continue to be Tzadik best-sellers. Cyro's latest project is a pop-infused psychedelic trip featuring Cyro with a huge lineup of all-star musicians. Three years in the making, this is groovy lyrical instrumental and vocal music that you will listen to morning, noon and night. A classic!"-Tzadik

Artist Biographies:

"Ikue Mori moved from her native city of Tokyo to New York in 1977. She started playing drums and soon formed the seminal NO WAVE band DNA, with fellow noise pioneers Arto Lindsay and Tim Wright. DNA enjoyed legendary cult status, while creating a new brand of radical rhythms and dissonant sounds; forever altering the face of rock music.

In the mid 80's Ikue started in employ drum machines in the unlikely context of improvised music. While limited to the standard technology provided by the drum machine, she has never the less forged her own highly sensitive signature style. Through out in 90's She has subsequently collaborated with numerous improvisors throughout the US, Europe, and Asia, while continuing to produce and record her own music. 1998, She was invited to perform with Ensemble Modern as the soloist along with Zeena Parkins, and composer Fred Frith, also "One hundred Aspects of the Moon" commissioned by Roulette/Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust. Ikue won the Distinctive Award for Prix Ars Electronics Digital Music category in 99.

In 2000 Ikue started using the laptop computer to expand on her already signature sound, thus broadening her scope of musical expression. 2000 commissioned by the KITCHEN ensemble, wrote and premired the piece "Aphorism" also awarded Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship. 2003 commissioned by RELACHE Ensemble to write a piece for film In the Street and premired in Philadelphia. Started working with visual played by the music since 2004. In 2005 Awarded Alphert/Ucross Residency.

Ikue received a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in 2006. In 2007 the Tate Modern commissioned Ikue to create a live sound track for screenings of Maya Deren's silent films. In 2008 Ikue celebrated her 30th year in NY and performed at the Japan Society. Recent commissioners include the Montalvo Arts Center and SWR German radio program and Shajah Art foundation in UAE. Current working groups include MEPHISTA with Sylvie Courvoisier and Susie Ibarra, PHANTOM ORCHARD with Zeena Parkins, project with Koichi Makigami and various ensembles of John Zorn. New duo Twindrums project with YoshimiO  workshop/lecture in various schools include University of Gothenburg, Dartmouth Collage, New England Conservatory, Mills Collage, Stanford University, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago"

-Ikue Mori Website (

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