The Art of Drumming with Airto Moreira
Airto Moreira, from Brazil, moved to New York with his future wife Flora Purim. In New York, Flora was singing with South African singer Miriam Makeba and Airto began playing with musicians such as Reggie Workman, JJ Johnson, Cedar Walton, and bassist Walter Booker. Airto began playing with the greats Cannonball Adderley, Lee Morgan, Paul Desmond and Joe Zawinal, Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock and Paul Simon. Airto is an original member of Weather Report and later joined Chick Corea’s original ‘Return to Forever’ group.
Airto’s vocals and unique percussion style has attracted an audience interested in world music and the new age movement. Airto has been advancing the cause of world music as a member of the Planet Drum percussion ensemble, founded by Mickey Hart, drummer for ‘The Grateful Dead’. This group of musicians, including master conguero Giovanni Hidalgo, tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussein, Flora Purim and Babatunde Olatunji, won a Grammy Award in 1991 for their recording Planet Drum. That same year Airto contributed to another Grammy Award winning ensemble, Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nations Orchestra, which received the award for Best Live Jazz Album.
Airto Moreira recordings include: “Live/Evil at the Fillmore”, “The Isle of Wight”, “Bitches Brew” and “On the Corner” with Miles Davis, as well as “The Exorcist”, “The Last Tango in Paris’, “King of the Gypsies” and “Apocalypse Now”. Add to Favorites