Airto Moreira

Genres: Documentaries Latin Music Videos & Concerts
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

5 August 1941, Itaiópolis, Brazil. Moreira moved to Rio de Janeiro when he was 16 years old. In the 60s he played in a quartet with the pianist/flautist Hermeto Pascoal, travelling the length and breadth of Brazil collecting and using over 120 percussion instruments. He moved to Los Angeles in 1968 and then to New York in 1970. Airto, as he is commonly referred to, was a musician who managed to be in the right place at the right time; jazz was being opened up to the kind of extra rhythmic subtlety a second percussionist could offer. Moreira describes how ‘you look and listen for your own place in the music - your own space - and then you start to make sounds... music is like a picture; it’s not just sound’.

Moreira worked with Miles Davis in 1970 as he sought to establish the changes announced in Bitches Brew. He played percussion on the Weather Report debut album in 1971 and then worked with Chick Corea’s Return To...

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