Airto Moreira, a veteran, and senior performer grew up with his early years in the cities in Brazil. At less than 20 he appeared in New York city drumming in the jazz circles. Airto has since ascended from performer to performance leader. He is quite a singer as well as drummer.
In contrast to the American percussion and the African 6-10 note polyrhythmic percussion, Airto and his Brazilian style go through great musical scales with their myrid of instruments. In keeping with the then modern jazz styles, Airto’s music also differed from American & African drumming in being stream of consciousness as opposed to presenting a theme or message. The performances really takes you to a different focus in listening. Try some of his tracks here to get a flavor of the music.
Airto has toured the California and the Bay Area as recently as this past Fall.
On Sunday 14 December Chris Cortez interviews Airto Moreira at 8 am on the I’m Talkin’ Jazz program talking on his drumming and music career.