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Gustavo Santaolalla previously collaborated with Alejandro González Iñárritu on Amores perros, for which he composed the original score (receiving a Silver Ariel Award [Mexico's equivalent of the Oscar] nomination), and on Mr. Iñárritu's segment of the multipart feature 11'9"01.
In 1967, he founded the legendary Arco Iris, the Argentine band that pioneered the fusion of rock and Latin American folk. In 1981, he released his first solo album, "Santaolalla," followed by two more solo projects: 1995's powerful "GAS" (which featured the hit "Todo Vale") and 1998's instrumental "Ronroco."
As a producer, Mr. Santaolalla has worked with and developed some of the most important musical talents in Latin America. If "rock-en-español" is now a Pan-American global movement, credit is due the top-selling albums that he has produced with Anibal Kerpel. Through their Surco Records, they have overseen albums by artists including Molotov, Café Tacuba, Caifanes, Maldita Vecindad, Divididos, Bersuit, La Vela Puerca, Puya, Arbol, El Otro Yo, Fiebre, Dracma, and Juanes.
A Latin Grammy Award winner in the awards' inaugural year (in 2000, for producing Café Tacuba's "Revés/Yo soy"), he has been nominated several times since, winning three more in 2003 (including album of the year, for "Un Dia Normal").
Mr. Santaolalla's other film work includes advising director Miguel Arteta on the Star Maps music selections.