This was one of my very favorite shows of the year. The project is normally called Banquet of Spirits and includes Shanir Blumenkranz on electric and acoustic bass, oud, and bass oud. Every time I've seen it in the past has been at a seated venue and this was basically a standing venue with some chairs around the perimeter of the room. We had 2 guys standing in for Shanir, 2 great guys I didn't know. They also really rocked out and I loved it even more than ever before. And I always loved it whenever I've seen it.
The bass player played upright, electric, and guitar. The guitar player had a few varieties. The whole thing was just amazing.
Other Banquet of Spirit Posts:
Cyro Baptista's Banquet of The Leprechauns
Banquet of the Spirits (for this night, Banquet of the Leprechauns) is the tour group led by maestro Cyro Baptista—the percussionist who has ongoing collaborations with everyone from Herbie Hancock and Yo-Yo Ma to Trey Anastasio, Paul Simon and Sting. Cyro’s endless sonic curiosity and intense rhythmic drive has never been stronger than with Banquet of The Spirits which features the best young musicians out of the downtown scene.
The group embodies the philosophy of Anthropofagia, a Brazilian cultural movement from the 1920's. The band is a musical manifestation of the process of eating, swallowing, and digesting all the tendencies that are part of the sonic landscape and environment. The music is the product of all sounds that the band members have collectively consumed over the years; some of them they've digested and others they have rejected. After that, its difficult to identify what belongs to what country, culture, or genre.