Flora Purim Biography

6 March 1942, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Purim was raised in a musical atmosphere (her parents were classical musicians) and she played several instruments before settling on a career as a singer. While studying percussion she met and later married Airto Moreira. After moving to the USA in the late 60s she worked with musicians including Stan Getz, Duke Pearson, Gil Evans and George Duke before becoming a member of Chick Corea’s Return To Forever unit, alongside Moreira, Joe Farrell and Stanley Clarke. In the early and mid-70s Purim and Moreira had their own band, and the singer also made several solo albums for Milestone Records which broadened her appeal into more popular areas of music. In the late 70s and early 80s Purim recorded with David Sanborn and a few years later was again working with Moreira on various projects, including Mickey Hart’s award-winning Planet Drum. Purim scats interestingly, and frequently vocalizes wordlessly, her light, captivating voice floating over the improvisations of the accompanying musicians. Her daughter, Diana Moreira, is also a singer and worked with her mother and father on 1992’s Fourth World project.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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