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Gustavo Santaolalla

A portrait of Gustvao Santaolalla and his band

Oscar-winning musician, film composer and producer Gustavo Santaolalla performs music from across his career.

Combining South American Andean folk influences with his rock guitar roots, Gustavo Santaolalla creates sparse yet emotive compositions. Best known for his work composing film scores, including Brokeback Mountain and Babel for which he won Best Original Soundtrack Oscars in consecutive years and also the soundtrack albums for Amores Perros, 21 Grams and Motorcycle Diaries.

Gustavo was also the founder of groundbreaking electronic tango group Bajofondo and producer for a who’s who of Latin American musicians from Cafe Tacvba and Julieta Venegas to Leon Gieco and Juanes. Throughout his 40-year career in music, Santaolalla has eschewed working with large orchestras, instead he creates textural and spacious soundscapes through minimal use of instrumentation – favouring traditional guitar plucking and the accompaniment of a small ensemble.

Tagged with: Contemporary music

Produced by the Barbican in association with Como No!

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