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Singer, composer, producer, guitarist, player of charango and ronroco, discoverer of talent, director of a record label and a publishing company, GUSTAVO SANTAOLALLA has been described as “visionary.” His vision, firmly connected with seeking an identity, covers his entire search, from his beginnings at 16 with the Latin American folk-rock fusion band Arco Iris, to a solo career that includes three albums through 2002, when Santaolalla combined his talents as producer, performer, and composer in the GRAMMY WINNING collective Bajofondo.
As a producer, he has worked with Leon Gieco, G.I.T., Divididos, Maldita Vecindad, and Café Tacuba. In 1997, along with his partner Aníbal Kerpel, he established his own record label, SURCO, whose first release was the Mexican band Molotov, an international success selling around 2,000,000 copies. With Café de los Maestros, the double album that brings together the most significant living legends of tango, Santaolalla won two Grammys.
As a film composer, he has worked on films by Michael Mann, Ang Lee, Alejandro González Iñárritu, and Walter Salles. His scores can be heard on iconic films such as Amorres Perros, 21 Grams, Motorcycle Diaries, Tierra Fría, and of course Brokeback Mountain, and Babel, for which he won two Oscars in a row for Best Original Score. Gustavo also won 2 BAFTAs for his work on Babel and Motorcycle Diaries as well as Golden Globe for his work on Brokeback Mountain (best original song for "A Love That Will Never Grow Old") Among Santaolalla’s numerous awards and distinctions are the Premio Gardel, the Konex de Platino, Personalidad del Año (CAPIF), and multiple Grammys in various categories.
In 2013, the ever prolific Santaolalla scored the soundtrack for the highest selling new video game of the year, “The Last of Us” for which he has already been nominated for a VGX (Spike) Award, The Game Audio Network Guild Awards, the BAFTA Game Awards and won the South by Southwes Gaming Award for Excellence in Music Scoring.