Thursday 27th June 2019
- Saturday 29th June 2019
£30.00 - £52.50
AIRTO GUIMORVA MOREIRA - percussion, voice
FLORA PURIM - voice
CARLOS ISMAEL NASCIMENTO EZEQUIEL - drums
FERNANDO DE JESUS MACHADO FILHO - bass
JOSE PIRES DE ALMEIDA NETO - guitar
VITOR CARLOS ALCANTARA BRECHT - sax, flute
FABIO LEANDRO DE MACEDO DA SILVA - piano, keys
Airto Moreira is a percussionist and singer who gained worldwide recognition after working with Miles Davis from 1969 to 1971. Flora Purim is equally praised as one of the most influential singers of her generation. Together, their discographies add up to over 40 albums, including Airto`s latest CD “Aluê” - nominated for the Latin Grammy 2018 as Best Instrumental Album.
Brazilian musicians AIRTO MOREIRA and FLORA PURIM both hold widely acclaimed careers spanning almost 50 years. After a period away from performing together, they are back on stage in a new European tour.
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.
Soon Airto would become a member of the Miles Davis group, and later Airto and Flora would join Chick Corea in his new group Return to Forever. From that on, both artists` biographies would be a who`s who of the contemporary music in decades to come, including names 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 the early 1970`s, both Airto and Flora started their solo careers, which often crossed paths and interacted. They constantly recorded and toured together, culminating in the combustive group Fourth World in the 1990`s.
After a sabbatical period, Airto recorded Aluê - his first album ever made in his native Brazil, presented in an European tour in 2018. Now Flora is back on stage with Airto in a new tour to revisit some of their brightest moments and continue to challenge the borders of creative music.
It is the heart that responds to Airto and Flora's extraordinary talents. Open your ears and you will fly.
supports (early shows): CARLOS EZEQUIEL QUARTET
CARLOS EZEQUIEL QUARTET feat. CARLOS EZEQUIEL drums ANT LAW guitar RONAN GUILFOYLE bass VITOR ALCANTARA tenor sax
Carlos works with Brazilian music and Jazz since 1992. Originally from Alagoas, in the northeast of Brazil, Carlos performed actively in the early 90‘s. In 1996 he won a scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music, in Boston, where he got his Bachelor`s degree in 1999. In 2014, he got his Master`s degree from Universidade Federal da Bahia, presenting a research on Polyrhythms and Odd-Meters applied to Brazilian Rhythms.
His first Cd, “Images” (with guitarist Lupa Santiago), was nominated for the Latin Grammy 2002 as “Best Latin Jazz Album”. With group Sinequanon, Carlos recorded four albums: “Sinequanon” (2004), “Telescópio” (2006), “Horizonte Artificial” (2008) and “Ao Vivo no Jazz nos Fundos” (2017). Carlos also plays with renowned Brazilian bassist Sizão Machado, and in the new group of legendary artist Airto Moreira.
As a performer, Carlos has played in Europe, Asia, South America, U.S.A., and all over Brazil. He`s been a featured player at the Hong Kong Jazz Festival, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Atina Jazz Festival (Italy), Schelde Jazz Festival (Holland), Festival de Jazz de La Plata (Argentina), Cascavel Jazz Festival (Brazil), among many others. He was a member of Finnish sax player Pekka Pylkkanen`s Global Unit group, Irish bassist Ronan Guilfoyle`s group, and the Thomas Walbum & Thomas Maintz Brazilian Quintet in Denmark.
In 2001, Carlos was nominated for the Visa Music Award in Brazil as Best Instrumentalist. He has been a sideman for jazz artists such as Lage Lund, Kurt Rosenwinkel, David Binney, David Liebman, besides many Brazilian jazz artists like Fernando Correa, Nelson Faria, Marcelo Coelho, and Daniel D’Alcântara.
As a producer, Carlos worked in “A Saga da Travessia” (Letieres Leite & Orkestra Rumpilezz), which won 3 awards at the Premio da Musica Brasileira 2017, including Best Album. He also produced Airto Moreira`s new record, “Aluê” (2017) - while simultaneoulsly acting as the drummer.
Carlos is a faculty member at Faculdade Souza Lima in São Paulo, and is the author of “Melodic Interpretation for the Drumset”, “Baiao and Northeastern Rhythms”, and “Brazilian Music in Odd-Meters”, all released worldwide by Advance Music.
Tell us what you think of Airto Moreira & Flora Purim, supports (early shows): CARLOS EZEQUIEL QUARTET below..