Brazilian percussionist AIRTO MOREIRA is one of the most acclaimed artists of his generation. After 50 years of a successful international career living in the USA, he is finally releasing his first CD ever recorded in Brazil: ALUÊ (Selo Sesc, 2017).
Airto was a sought-after musician in Brazil in the early 60’s, when he often worked with the likes of Hermeto Pascoal, Cesar Camargo Mariano and Milton Nascimento. In 1967, he moved to New York to meet with his lifetime partner, singer Flora Purim.
It wasn`t long after arriving in NY that the percussionist attracted attention of high caliber jazz musicians. Soon he would become a member of the Miles Davis group, and later join Chick Corea in his new group Return to Forever. From that on, his biography would be a who`s who of the contemporary music in decades to come - including artists such as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Dizzy Gilespie, Cannonball Adderley, Lee Morgan, Dave Holland, Keith Jarrett, Jack de Johnette, Ron Carter, John McLaughlin, Quincy Jones, George Duke, Mickey Hart,
Paul Simon, Carlos Santana, Michael Brecker, Zakir Hussain, Stanley Clarke and Joe Zawinul, among many others.
In 1974, Airto started his career as a lead artist, which resulted in more than 20 albums and countless performances all around the globe. His newest CD, ALUÊ, is a dream come true: it was the first time the percussionist returned to his native country Brazil to record his own music. Produced by Carlos Ezequiel, ALUÊ was recorded live in the studio in November 2016, counting on a careful selection of musicians: Airto`s daughter Diana Purim (voice), his long time sideman José Neto (guitar), plus some of Brazil`s top performers Sizão Machado (bass), Vítor Alcântara (winds), Fabio Leandro (piano), and Carlos also acting as the drummer. The repertoire in this special release combines Airto’s most well-known pieces such as “Misturada” and “I`m Fine How Are You” with collective improvisations which carry the artist`s unique soundprint.