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 rock, MPB, samba|
|Years active||1997 -|
|Labels||Rough Trade Records, Easy Sound Recording Co., Mais Um Discos, Som Livre, Sony BMG,|
|Associated acts||Los Hermanos, Orquestra Imperial, Little Joy, Devendra Banhart,|
|Guitar, piano, bass|
Rodrigo Amarante de Castro Neves (born September 6, 1976) is a Brazilian singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and occasional arranger born in Rio de Janeiro. He is part of the bands Los Hermanos, Orquestra Imperial and Little Joy and has released his first solo record "Cavalo" in Brazil in late 2013 and in the rest of the world in May 2014.
In 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).
- Second Album
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.
- Third Album
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.
- Fourth Album
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 Walk), "Os Pássaros" (The Birds) and "Paquetá" (Paqueta is a small island in Rio de Janeiro).
In 2006, he won the prize of "Best Instrumentalist" in the Prêmio Multishow (Multishow Awards).
After the hiatus in Los Hermanos (in 2007), he dedicates himself to Orquestra Imperial (a band in which he plays with Moreno Veloso (Caetano Veloso's son), Nina Becker, and the actress Thalma de Freitas) and went to California to record "Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon" with Devendra Banhart where he started writing songs with Fabrizio Moretti and Binki Shapiro, trio that would soon become Little Joy.
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).
In Little Joy
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In 2007, Rodrigo Amarante joined in with Fabrizio Moretti and Binki Shapiro to form the trio Little Joy, a Brazilian/American rock supergroup. Singer / guitarist Amarante from Los Hermanos joined forces with American musician, singer, and songwriter Binki Shapiro and with The Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti. Amarante and Moretti had met in 2006, at a festival in Lisbon where both their bands were performing, and the idea came up to start a new musical project unrelated to their respective bands. Little Joy was signed to Rough Trade Records label.
In 2014, Rodrigo Amarante released his first solo album, "Cavalo", one of the first releases on the Easy Sounds Recording Company label. The album received strong critical reviews, and featured as one of NPR Music's "50 Favourite Songs of 2014 So Far".
- On the album "Gilbertos Sambas" by Gilberto Gil as an arranger and instrumentalist.
- "NYC Subway Poetry Department" with Tom Zé (in his record Tropicália Lixo Lógico)
- On the albums "Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon", "What Will We Be" and "Mala" by Devendra Banhart (as an instrumentalist and as a singer namely of the song "Rosa" in "Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon").
- "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.
- On the album "Minor Love" by Adam Green as an instrumentalist.
- "Azul" with Natalia Lafourcade as a singer (in her record "Mujer Divina")
- "O Que Se Quer" written and arranged with Marisa Monte (in her record O Que Você Quer Saber de Verdade)
- On the album "Maré" by Adriana Calcanhotto as an arranger and instrumentalist.