Creating with Airto Moreira Vol.1

Creating with Airto Moreira Vol.1

The meaning of life? Live with…

Who is Fourth World

"Working closely with the original founders of the Brazilian band Fourth World was a highly creative and most enjoyable time in my music label life."

The core of the Fourth World band featured Airto Moreira, his wife Flora Purim and José Pires de Almeida Neto (Jose Neto). All of them are bandleaders themselves, with a stunning pedigree of musicians they’ve worked and collaborated with. To mention all would take up too much space. For Airto Moreira and Flora Purim’s backgrounds, I must mention just a few, like Miles Davis, Gil Evans, Chick Corea, Milton Nascimento, Hermeto Pascoal, Mickey Hart, Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Stanley Clarke, George Duke, and Carlos Santana. Before I met José Pires de Almeida Neto he worked with Harry Belafonte but after the last recording Jose went on to join Steve Winwood on his tours.

Airto and I bonded during the recordings of the first Fourth World album for B&W Music. The ensuing friendship with Airto resulted in many projects for both B&W Music and MELT 2000. All these projects carry his unique drum and percussion signature. (There will be more blog episodes on our musical adventures.)

The Bimhuis – 1995 Tour of Europe

It wasn’t raining on the 19th of February 1995 in Amsterdam, and people were out on the streets enjoying the spring-like sunshine.
Fourth World had just finished a four-week stint at Ronnie Scott’s, as well as an extensive tour through Austria and Switzerland. This was the last night of their European tour at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam.

The Van Man Mobile Studio

 

Without Fourth World knowing, Peter de Ruig, head of the Dutch distributor for Bowers & Wilkins, and I had organised a live recording with the Van Man, Jan de Groot. The band had already recorded three nights at Ronnie Scott’s, but I really wanted to catch them unaware at the end of the tour when the group was at the height of creativity. The great ambience and aura of Amsterdam, plus the fabulous venue, contributed to the excitement that was building up during the afternoon’s rehearsal and soundcheck. Although it is only a small venue, the Bimhuis is beautifully located among the canals. The dedicated audience you hear on this album reflects just some of the magic of that night. Live music at its best – when the meaning of life becomes pure Energy – simply the meaning of LIVE.

CREDIT: Special thanks to Jake Purches for the usage of Fourth World’s live photographs

Line-up Album Mix:

  • Airto Moreira
  • Flora Purim
  • Jose Neto
  • Giovanni Hidalgo
  • Gary Brown
  • Jovino Santos Neto
  • Diana P. Moreira
  • Krishna Booker (Chil Factor)

Engineer: Chris Lewis & Jan de Groot

Live broadcast mix & Executive

Producer: Robert Trunz

Location: Bimhuis Amsterdam NL

Event Organisation Peter de Ruig, Sadako, Soo and Maria from
AUDIOSCRIPT B.V.

I selected two songs from the Fourth World performance at the Bimhuis to feel the energy of Live!

Notes from Peter de Ruig

The day started in chaos; the traffic was backed up five miles on the motorway leading to the airport, so we were very late meeting the group at Schiphol Airport. Flora was nearly in tears, and Airto didn’t look pleased to see us. The crew of Audioscript were very nervous. With the exception of Soo, none of us had any experience in organising a concert. After all, our professional task was to sell Bowers & Wilkins loudspeakers.

The Reward for the Team

We couldn’t have known that the concert which followed would be one of the best Fourth World had ever been given. From the first note, we felt that the group’s playing was tight… the venue was sold out, the acoustics were excellent, Chris Lewis on the desk in top form, and the band in great spirits. In the mobile recording van, which Robert had converted into his temporary home, Robert’s Up in Smoke live mix sounded just fine, and Jan was busy ensuring everything was recorded properly. Listen to the album, and… you will see. PETER DE RUIG – AUDIOSCRIPT B.V.

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