A Brazilian music legend needs our help

A Brazilian music legend needs our help


norman lebrecht

August 06, 2022

Friends are trying to raise $150,000 to provide medical care for Airto Moreira, who is 81 and in poor health.

From the fundraiser:
We are appealing to you on behalf of legendary master percussionist/drummer Airto Moreira for help with his physical rehabilitation. After a recent and challenging battle with pneumonia, Airto was finally released from the hospital and is now back at his apartment in Curitiba, Brazil. The experience has left him extremely fragile and with very minimal corporal mobility. He cannot perform the most basic daily tasks without assistance and requires the support of a professional caregiver. In addition, he also requires bi-weekly home visits from a registered nurse, as well as medication. He also needs extensive treatments and particular physical therapy to recover as much of his corporal mobility as possible. Airto and his family need your help with this overwhelming task!

You may donate here.


  • Barry Guerrero says:

    What a pity. Airto was about the most energetic and ‘tasteful’ percussionist imaginable. He’s on a boat load of jazz and Brazilian jazz albums.

  • Roland says:

    A master of percussion! May he get well soon!

  • drummerman says:

    A great musician who, along with his wife at the time, singer Flora Purim, was a part of Chick Corea’s 1970s bands.