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Artist Biography

Everything you need to know in one spot.

  • Band/Affiliation: Independent
  • Country: Brazil

One of the most high-profile percussionists of the 1970s and still among the most famous, Brazilian percussionist Airto Moreira (often simply known by his first name) helped make percussion an essential part of modern jazz. Making his U.S. debut on the Miles Davis classic Bitches Brew, Airto went on to perform with many jazz greats including Stan Getz and Lee Morgan and became of founding members of the pioneering fusion groups Weather Report and Return To Forever.

Life After That, his first-ever world percussion record, is a ripping adventure into Airto's signature brand of Brazilian-inspired grooves. Unbelievably complex rhythms and a wild array of percussion, voice and other instruments make Life After That, an amazing testament to his undiminished genius.

"I got my first Zildjian cymbal from an old drummer 41 years ago in south Brazil. Since then, all I know is Zildjian. A cymbal is not just something you hit. Definition, character and flexibiliry are very important to my musical expression and style. My cymbals have the natural sound of life."

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