Amarante in 2013
|Birth name||Rodrigo Amarante de Castro Neves|
September 6, 1976 |
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro (state), Brazil
|Origin||Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro (state)- Brazil|
|Genres||Indie Rock, Alternative|
|Years active||1997 -|
|Labels||Abril Music, Sony BMG|
|Associated acts||Los Hermanos, Orquestra Imperial, Little Joy, Devendra Banhart, Pickleweed Quintet|
Rodrigo Amarante de Castro Neves (born September 6, 1976), in (Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro (state), Brazil) is a guitarist, occasional bassist, singer and songwriter for the bands Los Hermanos, Orquestra Imperial and Little Joy.
Beginning of Los Hermanos
In their debut album, Los Hermanos (1999), Amarante contributed very little, playing transverse flute and doing the backing vocals. And there are only two songs written by him: "Quem Sabe" (Who Knows), which turned out to be one of the CD's singles, and "Onze Dias" (Eleven Days).
In the band's second album, Bloco do Eu Sozinho (2001), Amarante was able to show his real musical quality, playing guitar together with Marcelo, and writing more songs. He recorded "Sentimental" (considered by Dado Villa-Lobos from Legião Urbana as the best song of 2001), "Retrato pra Iaiá" (Portrait for Iaiá), and "Cher Antoine" (sung in French). He also wrote the instrumental part of the song "Mais Uma Canção" (One More Song) with Marcelo. And, together with Marcelo, he wrote "A Flor" (The Flower), one of the album's hits.
In their third album, Ventura (2003), came his national recognition as a great songwriter, writing songs of doutbless quality, like "Último Romance" (Last Romance), "O velho e o moço" (The old man and the young lad), "Um par" (A Pair), "Do Sétimo Andar" (From the Seventh Floor), and "Deixa o Verão" (Let The Summer).
His role as a sideman in the band ended. He became recognized as one of the band's leaders, which until then, was attributed only to Marcelo Camelo.
In their fourth album, 4 (2005), songs written by Rodrigo Amarante are almost as many as the ones written by Marcelo. And in "4", an album that did not have as much success as the previous ones, his songs are much more distinguished, like "O Vento" (The Wind) - the only hit in this album -, and *Condicional". He also wrote "Primeiro Andar" (First Floor), "Os Pássaros" (The Birds) and "Paquetá" (Paqueta is a small island in Rio de Janeiro).
In 2006, he won the prize of "Best Instrumentist" in the Prêmio Multishow (Multishow Awards).
After the hiatus in Los Hermanos (in 2007), he dedicates himself entirely to Orquestra Imperial, a band in which he plays with Moreno Veloso (Caetano Veloso's son), Nina Becker, and the actress Thalma de Freitas.
The Portuguese band "Os Azeitonas" announced that in their next album, "Rádio Alegria" (to be released in November 2007), there will be a new song by Rodrigo Amarante, called "Olá Rubi" (Hello, Ruby). (Song by Amarante and lyrics by Os Azeitonas)
- Fernanda Takai (from Pato Fu)
- "Rosa", with Devendra Banhart (in his album Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon), whom he met at Tim Festival in 2006 in Rio de Janeiro, where they even sang as a duet a few times.
- "Nu Com A Minha Música" with Marisa Monte and Devendra Banhart for the Red Hot Organization's most recent charitable album "Red Hot+Rio 2." The album is a follow-up to the 1996 "Red Hot + Rio." Proceeds from the sales will be donated to raise awareness and money to fight AIDS/HIV and related health and social issues.
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