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'Sound of the Community' with Cyro Baptista kicks off at Artpark

Mon, Jul 24th 2017 07:45 pm
Cyro Baptista and his students at Artpark.
Cyro Baptista and his students at Artpark.
Internationally acclaimed percussionist Cyro Baptista is conducting free daily workshops at Artpark this week with his collaborators, Billy Martin (Medeski Martin & Wood) and pianist Brian Marsella.
A project of true inclusion, the workshops are open to all, run from 5-8 p.m., and bring participants together in re-discovering the most ancient form of communication: sound.
Instruments are provided. Attendees are invited to bring their own instruments. RSVP and questions can be sent to: [email protected].
The weeklong project will lead to the official opening of a new Artpark Percussion Garden installation on Sunday.
Baptista has collaborated with Buffalo-based sculptor Shasti O'Leary Soudant and students from the University at Buffalo to create a colorful, interactive, sound-generating work called "Beat Blossom" (shown in the photos), as well as an original musical composition created especially for the installation.
The 4 p.m. event will include a concert with Baptista, Martin, UB Percussion Collective and other local musicians. The interactive event is free and open to the public.
Artpark is located at 450 S. Fourth St., Lewiston.
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