Arnaldo Antunes

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Arnaldo Antunes
Arnaldo Antunes no Circo Voador em 2011.jpg
Antunes at the Circo Voador in Rio de Janeiro in 2011
Background information
Birth name Arnaldo Augusto Nora Antunes Filho
Born (1960-09-02) September 2, 1960 (age 55)
São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Genres MPB, rock, brazilian rock, pop rock
Occupation(s) Singer, composer, songwriter, writer, producer
Instruments Vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, keyboards
Years active 1984–present
Associated acts Aguilar e Banda Performática

Arnaldo Antunes (Portuguese pronunciation: [axˈnawdu ɐ̃ˈtunis], born Arnaldo Augusto Nora Antunes Filho, September 2, 1960), is a writer and composer from Brazil. He began as a member of the band Aguilar e Banda Performática in the late 1970s. For most of the 1980s he was a member of the rock band Titãs. After 1992 he had six solo albums. Since 1992 he has been an award winning poet, but he was first published in 1983. He is noted abroad for collaborations with Marisa Monte.


Arnaldo was born on September 2, 1960, to Arnaldo Augusto Nora Antunes and Dora Leme Ferreira. He was the fourth of seven children they had.[1] In 1967, he entered Luís de Camões school and studied there until 1972. In the next year, he went to the PUC SP Laboratory School, where he gets interested in artistic languages and starts to write his firsts poems. In 1975 he enters Colégio Equipe (where most of Titãs' members studied), and begins to compose with his classmate Paulo Miklos. In 1978, he begins to study Portuguese language and literature at USP.[2]

Career with Titãs[edit]

Next year his family moved to Rio de Janeiro, and he transferred schools to the PUC RJ. However, he returned to São Paulo with his wife, Go, and formed the Banda Performática. Later on in 1982, the Titãs do Iê-Iê made their first performance and released their debut album Titãs in 1984. They performed in Switzerland, England, the United States, and Brazil. But by 1992 Antunes decided to leave Titãs, after more than a decade of partnership and seven albums.

Solo career[edit]

Antunes at the São Paulo Cultural Center in São Paulo 2007.

In 1993 he released his debut CD Nome, putting together a multimedia project which associated poetry, music, featuring João Donato, Marisa Monte and Arto Lindsay, and computer animation (produced in collaboration with Celia Catunda, Kiko Mistrorigo and Zaba Moreau). The video Nome was exhibited in art venues and festivals in Brazil, Italy, Argentina, Australia, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France, Spain (where it received a Jury recommendation at the Festival International de Video Cidade de Vigo 1995), Netherlands, Monaco, Uruguay, Cuba, Chile, Colombia and the US (receiving an honorable mention at the first annual New York Video Festival).

As a solo artist, Arnaldo Antunes later released Ninguém (1995), O Silêncio (1996), Um Som (1998), Paradeiro (2001) and Saiba (Rosa Celeste/BMG 2004). He also released other albums at special projects, such as the O Corpo (1999), a specially produced soundtrack for Grupo Corpo, a dance company of Minas Gerais, and the album Os Tribalistas (EMI/Phonomotor 2002), a collaborative project with Marisa Monte and Carlinhos Brown.

His compositions have been used in several movies including Blue in the Face, directed by Wayne Wang and Paul Auster; Bicho de Sete Cabeças, directed by Lais Bodanzki; Dois Perdidos Numa Noite Suja, adapted from a novel by Plinio Marcos and directed by José Joffily; and Benjamim, adapted from a novel by Chico Buarque and directed by Monique Gardenberg.

His album A Curva da Cintura, a collaboration with Edgard Scandurra and Toumani Diabate from Mali reached from the start a number 5 in the World Music Charts Europe in August 2012.[3]

Personal life[edit]

From 1980 to 1987, he was married to Go. Right after they broke up, he got married to Zaba Moreau, with whom he had four children:[1] Rosa, born in 1988, Celeste, born in 1991, Brás, born in 1997, and Tomé, born in 2001.


With Titãs[edit]

Main article: Titãs discography


  • Nome (1993)
  • Ninguém (1995)
  • O Silêncio (1996)
  • Um Som (1998)
  • Focus – O Essencial de Arnaldo Antunes (1999)
  • O Corpo (2000)
  • Paradeiro (2001)
  • Saiba (2004)
  • Qualquer (2006)
  • Ao Vivo em Estúdio (2007)
  • Iê Iê Iê (2009)
  • Acústico MTV – Arnaldo Antunes (2012)

Guest appearances[edit]

  • Golpe de Estado – Forçando a Barra (1988)
  • Theo Werneck – Leite Materno (1990)
  • Various artists - Rock de Autor (1991)
  • Péricles Cavalcanti – Sobre as Ondas (1995)
  • Various artists – O Triângulo Sem Bermudas (1996)
  • Edgard Scandurra – Benzina (!996)
  • Tom Zé and Zé Miguel Wisnik – Parabelo – Grupo Corpo (1997)
  • Tom Zé – Com Defeito de Fabricação (1998)
  • Onda Sonora: Red Hot + Lisbon (1998)
  • João DonatoSongbook (1999)
  • Various artists – Tributo a Cazuza (1999)
  • Chico BuarqueSongbook (1999)
  • SubaSão Paulo Confessions (2000)
  • Zé Miguel Wisnik – São Paulo Rio (2000)
  • Marisa MonteMemórias, Crônicas e Declarações de Amor (2000)
  • Walter Franco – Tutano (2001)
  • Lula Queiroga – Aboiando a Vaca Mecânica (2001)
  • Unknown artist – Só Um é Muito Só (2001)
  • Glauco Matoso – Melopéia – Sonetos Musicados (2001)
  • Cid Campos – No Lago do Olho (2001)
  • Aguilar e Banda Performática – Aguilar e Banda Performática (2001)
  • Various artists – Superfantástico – Quando eu Era Pequeno (2002)
  • Ortinho – Ilha do Destino (2002)
  • João Donato – O Melhor de João Donato (2002)
  • Aldo Brizzi – Brizzi do Brasil (2002)
  • Various artists – Maysa Esta Chama Que Não Vai Passar (2007)
  • Various artists – Pequeno Cidadão (2009)

Bibliography as a writer[edit]

  • Ou e (visual poem album) (1983)
  • Psia, Editora Expressão (1986),
  • Tudos, Editora Iluminuras (1990), São Paulo
  • As coisas, Editora Iluminuras (1992), São Paulo SP – Award Jabuti de Poesia 1992
  • 2 ou + Corpos no mesmo Espaço, Editora Perspectiva (1997)
  • Doble Duplo, selection, translation and art by Ivan Larraguibel, Editora Zona de Obras/Tangará, Spain (2000)
  • 40 Escritos, organized by João Bandeira, Editora Iluminuras (2000), São Paulo, SP
  • Outro, Editora Mirabilia (2001)
  • Palavra Desordem, Editora Iluminuras (2002), São Paulo, SP
  • ET Eu Tu, Editora Cosac & Naify (2003)
  • Antologia, releases in Portugal only, Editora Quase (2006)
  • Frases do Tomé aos Três Anos, a collection of illustrations of the first sentences said by his son, Editora Alegoria (2006)
  • Como É que Chama o Nome Disso, Editora Publifolha, (2006)


  1. ^ a b Krepp, Ana; Monica Bergamo (February 9, 2014). "Arnaldo Antunes diz que largou as drogas e não se vende à publicidade". Folha de S.Paulo (in Portuguese). Grupo Folha. Retrieved February 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Música com diploma: conheça artistas que fizeram universidade". UOL Música. Grupo Folha. Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ "World Music Charts Europe August 2012". Worldmusic Workshop of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). August 1, 2012. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 

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