An important composer of Brazilian pop/rock who was the unofficial leader of the Tit+ús, Arnaldo Antunes had many of his songs recorded by Marisa Monte, Jorge Ben Jor, and others. He also is an internationally celebrated poet.
In the late '70s, Antunes was a member of the group Aguilar e Banda Perform+ítica, which recorded an independent LP. Soon afterwards, he joined an octet called Tit+ús do I+¬-i+¬. The band opened in August 1982 in the alternative Teatro da Lira Paulistana (S+úo Paulo), where the vanguarda paulista movement was born in that period. In 1983 the group became the Tit+ús, and Antunes recorded seven albums with them before departing for his solo career. He wrote big hits like "Bichos Escrotos" (with S+¬rgio Britto/Nando Reis), "Comida" (with Marcelo Fromer/S+¬rgio Britto), "O Que," "Fam+¡lia" (with Tony Bellotto), "Mis+¬ria" (with S+¬rgio Britto/Paulo Miklos), and "O Pulso" (with Marcelo Fromer/Tony Bellotto). While he was with the Tit+ús he continued to write and publish poetry books. After leaving the band, he continued to write songs for them, having his songs included in Titanomaquia (1993), Domingo (1995), Ac+¦stico (1996, in which he participated on one track), and Volume 2 (1998). In 1988, Antunes participated in Golpe de Estado's LP Golpe de Estado. In 1993, he released the album/book/video Nome, followed by Ningu+¬m (1995), O Sil+¬ncio (1996), and Um Som (1998). Among the many interpreters who have been recording his songs are Marisa Monte (among others, "Beija Eu," "Volte Para o Seu Lar," "Alta Noite," "Bem Leve," and "De Mais Ningu+¬m," the last two in partnership with the singer), Jorge Ben Jor ("Cabelo"), Gilberto Gil ("A Ci+¬ncia em Si"), Rita Lee ("O Que Voc+¬ Quer"), and Ney Matogrosso ("Comida"). Arnaldo Antunes is a celebrated name in Brazilian contemporary poetry, and his works have been included in international compilations. In 1997, he published the book [RoviLink="BW"]Dois Ou + Corpos No Mesmo Espa+ºo. In 1999, he wrote the soundtrack to the dance show "O Corpo" (released on CD in 2000) by the group of the same name. ~ Alvaro Neder
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