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Gustavo Santaolalla: Bio

Long before the first of his 16 Grammys and decades before winning the first of two Oscars, Gustavo Santaolalla was well established as one of the main creative forces in the early Argentine rock nacional movement of the ‘60s. "Visionary" is the word that better synthesizes his many facets: Singer, composer, producer, guitarist, charango and ronroco player, talent scout, entrepreneur - his entire career is all about finding an identity, a search he began at age 16 with the band Arco Iris, a pioneer in the fusion of Latin American folk and rock. He followed Arco Iris with Soluna (which featured a then-unknown Alejandro Lerner), and after moving to the United States in the late ‘70s, he formed the band Wet Picnic and began a solo career that includes three albums: the influential Santaolalla in 1982, the rare gem G.A.S. in 1995, and finally Ronroco (1998), an entirely instrumental album played on charango.

As a producer, his career started with León Geico's eponymous 1973 debut, continued in the ‘80s with iconic albums by G.I.T. and Mexico's Maldita Vecindad, and exploded in the ‘90s with Maldita Vecindad's masterpiece El Circo (1991), their fellow countrymen Molotov (their 1997 debut sold over 2 million copies worldwide), Argentina's Divididos (La era de la boludez), and the first in a long list of classic recordings he produced for a new Mexican group that would change the rules of the game for rock en español: Café Tacuba.

The inclusion of one of the songs from Ronroco in the soundtrack of The Insider (Michael Mann, 1999) was the first step in his career as composer of soundtracks, working on films of some of today's most important directors such as Ang Lee, Alejandro González Iñárritu, and Walter Salles. Santaolalla was brilliant on iconic movies such as Amores Perros, 21 Grams, The Motorcycle Diaries, North Country, Brokeback Mountain, and Babel; with these movies he won two BAFTAs, a Golden Globe, and two Oscars in a row for Best Original Score for Brokeback Mountain and Babel. In December 2012, the Walter Salles film On the Road, based on Jack Kerouac's classic, was released featuring a score by Santaolalla.  In 2013, Gustavo scored the soundtrack for the highest selling new video game of the year, "The Last of Us" for which he has already been nominated for a Spike VGX Award.

Starting in 2002, Santaolalla combined his talents as producer, performer, and composer for Bajofondo, which has released three albums, plus a remixed one. The group has won three Latin Grammys; most recently two for 2013's Presente, which gained Latin Grammys for Best Instrumental Album and Best Alternative song as well as a nomination for Best Album. The band has also won two Premios Gardel Awards – Argentina's most prestigious music award.

Among the numerous awards and distinctions received by Gustavo: Premio Gardel, Konex de Platino, Personalidad del Año (CAPIF), 2 Grammy awards, and 14 Latin Grammy Awards. In 2014, Santaolalla will be releasing a new solo instrumental album entitled Camino through Sony Music Masterworks. He will also be collaborating with the legendary songwriter Paul Williams on a theatrical musical based on Guillermo Del Toro's cinematic masterpiece Pan's Labyrinth, as well as the animated feature film The Book of Life (also produced by Guillermo Del Toro). The highly in demand Santaolalla will also be working on "Arrabal" – a theatrical presentation depicting the story of a young girl in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The action takes place in the early ‘90s, in the tumultuous aftermath of the military fascist regime that ended with 30,000 people "disappearing" during the ‘70s. In addition, he will continue travelling around the world performing live with Bajofondo and giving talks and master classes.

1 Alma
2 Vamos
3 Requiem
4 Cordon de Plata
5 Ella
6 The Maze
7 Parana
8 Wait and Then
9 Through the Rainwall
10 Joaillerie
11 The Journey
12 Seguir
13 Returning
Gustavo Santaolalla - Alma
@ the Studio - Meeting Gustavo Santaolalla

Gustavo Santaolalla's solo instrumental album Ronroco was a game-changer for the visionary artist when it was released in 1998. Camino, released by Sony Music Masterworks is the long-awaited follow up to that album – a rich, beautifully crafted instrumental journey illuminating Santaolalla's unmistakable sound. Camino again features the Grammy® and Academy Award®-winning composer playing the ronroco, his signature 10-string Andean folk instrument similar to the charango, as well as other instruments that he has mastered including the guitar, guitarron, oud, cuatro, toba violin, and bouzouki. The album includes 12 new tracks, along with one of the featured tracks from Santaolalla's recent BAFTA Games-nominated soundtrack to Sony PlayStation's The Last of Us.

18 NEW - 42 Total
SYND: PRI/The World
Direct: SiriusXM, Music Choice, MOOD
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