Diana Purim & Eyedentity w/ special guest Airto Moreira

'Many Bodies, One Mind' Album Release

Diana Purim & Eyedentity w/ special guest Airto Moreira

Tue 5.22.18

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$15 in advance, $18 at door

Tickets at the Door

This event is all ages

Diana Purim & Eyedentity
Diana Purim & Eyedentity
“Many in body but one in mind” is an ancient Buddhist concept which signifies a unity that has at its heart, respect for the diverse and unique qualities of each individual. This unity can be formed only among those who respect one another and cherish each other’s unique attributes and abilities, while working in harmony to compensate for one another’s weaknesses. In essence, many people having the same feeling, thought or aim toward a goal.

This has been a major theme for Eyedentity over the years and through many transformations since its inception in 1997. Searching for their own voices in a family of giants, it can be witnessed in the desire of its founding members to individuate themselves from their legendary forefathers, all the while preserving, sharing and honoring their history as they forge ahead together into the musical unknown.

Diana Purim began her musical career in 1972, touring with Chick Corea’s Original Return to Forever in the belly of her mother. She grew up on the road traveling like a gypsy from country to country with her parents, Brazilian Jazz pioneers, singer Flora Purim and percussionist Airto Moreira. Krishna Booker is the son of renowned Jazz bassist, Walter Booker, nephew of Wayne Shorter and godson of Herbie Hancock. Credited by Herbie in his book for introducing him to Hip Hop and the idea for “Rock It”, Krishna began his musical career beat-boxing for Herbie. He later went on to making original music with Diana, his wife and childhood friend.

The two share a deep love of music and a background in Jazz, Funk, Brazilian and Latin Fusion. Their passion for all kinds of music fueled the fire of their creativity and together, they stretched the boundaries of Hip Hop by fusing it with all their multicultural musical influences. “For the purists, we remind them that even Jazz is an art form born of Blues and Classical music. In fact,” explains Diana, “all of the world’s music has evolved from its most primitive indigenous origins, being shaped and molded by geographical, political, social and cultural influence to become what it is today.”

Using their Hip Hop experience to carry them through their first Trip Hop venture, they found some success with a single called “Heavy Interference” from their first release. “It was a struggle for us to find our true sound,” says band leader / composer / percussionist / producer, Krishna. “We’ve been influenced and inspired by so many styles of music and were using the Eyedentity platform to experiment with them all. Although we had some brilliant moments, we hadn’t achieved a homogenous and unified sound until now. I feel like we have finally found Eyedentity’s identity with this new album.”

During the search for their unique Urban/Brazilian sound, they began to notice commonalities in the art and music of varying countries, especially within the slave
culture, music, spirituality and art of oppressed peoples. In Brazil, slaves were allowed to bring their culture from their countries of origin. We clearly see this reflected in their spirituality, dance, art, food and music. The slaves in America were more restricted and forced to abandon their culture for the customs of their oppressors or risk being beaten or killed for not complying. Yet somehow, they found other ways of expressing their authenticity without risking life and limb through the musical mediums of Jazz, Blues, Rock, Hip Hop, etc…

“The parallels are easy to spot,” explains Krishna, “for example, in the Brazilian martial art of Capoeira and how American break-dancing looks and feels so much like it. The cuica is an instrument that originated in Africa where hunters used it as a lion call. Modified in Brazil, it became an instrument of seduction in Brazilian music. A DJ scratching base cuts on vinyl sounds very much like the cuica, and so on… there are so many comparisons. The slave cultures of the U.S. and Brazil represent the “Many Bodies, One Mind” that have influenced so many people’s music, including ours.”

Many Bodies, One Mind is the duo’s third official release and their most refined project to date. It’s a hard-won victory, having been through the boot-camp of learning their craft while recording their debut release, See for a European indie label in 2000. “We have come a long way,” says Diana, “Eyedentity’s sound was innocent and wildly eclectic when we stepped onto the Trip Hop scene. It was a reflection of who we were at the time. Having never heard of the genre, we scrambled to research artists who were at the pinnacle of the electronic music scene to find a model of what the label was asking for. We had Bjork, Portishead, Tricky, Massive Attack and Esthero on repeat while working to find our unique voice within Europe’s electronic movement.”

Krishna and Diana identify strongly with the courage and beauty of the struggle in achieving the freedom of self-expression and are heavily influenced by this concept. Reflected in the lyrics of the album’s title track and other tracks like the percussion-heavy “Don’t Deny” and vocal-laden “Echos”, the album displays joyous, celebratory and revolutionary themes with songs like the cover of Airto’s “Tombo In 7/4”, also touching on a sensual, seductive and darker moods with “Liquid Light” and “Voce Nao Me Engana”.

The couple has toured the world, collaborating with many musical legends like Airto, Herbie, George Duke who all contributed musically to the album along with Justo Almario, Pete Locket and many others. They have also had the privilege of working with Sergio Mendes, Flora Purim, Wah Wah Watson, Babatunji Olatunji, Alphonso Johnson, Grateful Dead, recently with Preservation Hall Jazz Band and many more.

“Our elders taught us that in music and art, vulnerability and truth is our strength and power. We must share our true selves with others. Authenticity within the music evokes emotion, feeling and connection with our audience. If they feel what we feel, we have succeeded.”
Airto Moreira
Airto Moreira
Airto Moreira was born in 1941 in the small village of Itaiopolis - south Brasil, and was raised in Curitiba. Even before he could walk he would start shaking and banging on the floor each time the radio played a hot song. This worried his mother, but his grandmother recognized his potential and encouraged him to express himself. By the time he was six years old he had won many music contests by singing and playing percussion. The city gave him his own radio program every Saturday afternoon. At thirteen he became a professional musician, playing percussion, drums, and singing in local dance bands. He moved to Sao Paulo at the age of sixteen and performed regularly in nightclubs and television as a percussionist, drummer and singer.

In 1965 he met the singer Flora Purim in Rio de Janeiro. Flora moved to the USA in 1967 and Airto followed her shortly after. When in New York Airto began playing with musicians such as Reggie Workman, JJ Johnson, Cedar Walton and bassist Walter Booker. It was through Booker that Airto began playing with the greats - Cannonball Adderley, Lee Morgan, Paul Desmond and Joe Zawinul, to name a few. Zawignul recommended Airto to Miles Davis for a recording session in 1970 for the "Bitches Brew" album. Davis then invited Airto to join his group, which included such jazz icons as Wayne Shorter, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette, Chick Corea and later John McLaughlin and Keith Jarrett. He remained with Miles for two years, and appears on such releases as "Live/Evil", "Live at the Fillmore", "On the Corner", "The Isle of Wight", "Bitches Brew" and later releases including the "Fillmore Sessions".

Following his stint with Miles Davis, Airto was invited to form the original Weather Report with Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul, Miroslav Vitous and Alphonse Mouzon with whom he recorded "The Weather Report". Soon after, he joined Chick Corea's original Return to Forever group with Flora Purim, Joe Farrell and Stanley Clarke and they recorded the albums, "Return to Forever" and "Light as a Feather".

In 1974 Airto formed his first band in the U.S., "Fingers" with Flora Purim. Since then they have performed constantly all over the world and recorded their own albums for major record companies in Europe and America. Airto remains one of popular music's most in demand percussionists. His collection of instruments, along with his knack for playing the right sound at the right moment, has made him the first choice of many producers and bandleaders. His work with Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Paul Simon, Carlos Santana, Gil Evans, Gato Barbieri, Michael Brecker, The Crusaders, Chicago, and many others including contributions to movie sound tracks such as The Exorcist, Last Tango in Paris, King of the Gypsies and Apocalypse Now, represents only a small number of the musical contributions Airto has made over the last three decades.

His impact was so powerful that Downbeat magazine added the category of percussion to its readers and critic's polls, which he has won over twenty times since 1973. In the past few years he was voted number one percussionist by Jazz Times, Modern Drummer, Drum Magazine, Jazzizz Magazine, Jazz Central Station's Global Jazz Poll on the Internet, as well as in many European, Latin American and Asian publications.

He has been advancing the cause of world and percussion music as a member of the "Planet Drum" percussion ensemble, with Mickey Hart, drummer for "The Grateful Dead", and master conga player Giovanni Hidalgo and tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain, along with Flora Purim, Babatunde Olatunji, Sikiru Adepoju and Vikku Vinayakram. Planet Drum won a Grammy Award in 1991 for World Music. Airto also contributed to another Grammy Award winning ensemble, "Dizzy Gillespie's United Nations Orchestra", which received the award for Best Live Jazz Album.

One of Airto's recordings for the Melt2000 label, "Killer Bees", features Herbie Hancock, Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea, Mark Egan and Hiram Bullock; it was one of the most critically acclaimed albums on the European market. His solo album entitled "Homeless", on Melt2000 was released in the year 2000. It is a high-energy album with "tribal" rhythms that is shaking the dance floors around the world. Other releases on this label include the group "Fourth World" with Jose Neto and Flora Purim.

His song "Celebration Suite" was re-mixed by the DJ group "Bellini Brothers" entitled "Samba de Janeiro". The track hit #1 in the dance music charts over 26 countries around Europe, Asia and Latin America.

In 2001 when Airto recorded with Kodo, he contributed with two of his compositions: "Maracatu" and "Berimbau Jam". The song "Maracatu" was chosen to be one of the official songs for the 2002 World Cup in Asia to open the ceremonies for the event in Japan.

In September of 2002, Brazil's President Fernando Henrique Cardoso named Airto Moreira and Flora Purim to the "Order of Rio Branco", one of Brazil's highest honors. The Order of Rio Branco was created in 1963 to formally recognize Brazilian and foreign individuals who have significantly contributed to the promotion of Brazil's international relations. The order is named after Barão do Rio Branco, Brazil's Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1902 to 1912, famous for his role in negotiating the national borders of Brazil and referred as the "Father of Brazil's Diplomacy".

Airto has worked together with and had his music re-mixed by Frederic Galliano, Giles Peterson, Endemic Void, Justice, Ashley Beedle, Circadian Rhythms, Jimpster, Amon Tobin, and Max Breenen, among others.

For three years Airto was a professor at the Ethnomusicology department of UCLA, and broke new ground in musical concepts and creative energy.

Airto's latest album, "Life After That" was released on Narada Records on September 30th, 2003.

In 2006 Airto was featured on in one of the 5 CD box-set release by Chick Corea, entitled '5 Trios'. Along with Chick Corea and Eddie Gomez, they recorded the 'The Boston Three Party' at the Berklee Performance center, in Boston MA.

Currently he divides his time between recording studios, workshops and clinics, creating new projects including Video Surround Sound, as well as researching new materials for future releases, and live performances in the US, Europe, Asia and Latin America.
Venue Information:
SOhO Restaurant and Music Club
1221 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101