Gustavo Santaolalla: Composer

By Miche Archetto:

Here is the Argentinian composer Gustavo Santaolalla, who won two Academy Awards for Best Original Score in 2006 and 2007. So, don’t expect any fancy playing in here, but only very inspired and soulful music.This composition was included in his solo album “Ronroco” (1998), named after the instrument that he is playing. It belongs to the family of charangos, traditional 10-string Andean instruments.
The wikipedia entry reads:
“As a solo artist, he has recorded three albums. His first self-titled album, Santaolalla (1981), broke new ground by incorporating the “eighties” sound into rock in Argentina for the first time. […] His second album, titled Gas, was released in 1995. His most recent solo album, titled Ronroco (1998), contained several tracks with the characteristic sound of the charango, a folk string instrument, that poured into what constituted his next significant endeavor: music for movies. Ronroco also contains his (nearly)-solo piece for charango Iguazu, which has been used in The Insider by Michael Mann, Collateral also by Michael Mann, Babel by Alejandro González Iñárritu, a 2007 Vodafone TV commercial, as well as the HBO TV series Deadwood and the Fox TV series 24. It also contains the track De Ushuaia a La Quiaca used by Walter Salles in his The Motorcycle Diaries.”
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