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Airto Moreira has made his home in the United States for decades, but Brazil has never left his hands. His first recording was the iconic Quarteto Novo, in a group including Hermeto Pascoal.
In the U.S. Airto met Joe Zawinul, who introduced him to Miles Davis, with whom Airto would play and record with over the next couple of years.
From Miles, Airto moved onto Weather Report with Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, and Miroslav Vitous, going on from there to join Chick Corea's Return to Forever as drummer, recording on the albums Return to Forever and Light as a Feather.
Airto has played and recorded with Cannonball Adderley, Lee Morgan, Paul Desmond, Wayne Shorter, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette, John McLaughlin, Keith Jarrett, Al Di Meola, Zakir Hussain, and George Duke, among others.
He's composed for film and television, including for the scores for Apocalypse Now and Last Tango in Paris, and he played at the re-opening of the Library of Alexandria, Egypt.
Airto lectured for three years at UCLA.
He's married to singer Flora Purim.
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