Arnaldo Antunes

Arnaldo Antunes (born Arnaldo Augusto Nora Antunes Filho, September 2, 1960), is a writer and composer from Brazil. He began as a member of the band Aguilar e Banda Performática in the late 1970s. For most of the 1980s he was a member of the rock band Titãs. After 1992 he had six solo albums. Since 1992 he has been an award winning poet, but he was first published in 1983. He is noted abroad for collaborations with Marisa Monte.



Arnaldo was born on September 2, 1960, to Arnaldo Augusto Nora Antunes and Dora Leme Ferre. He was the fourth of seven children they had. In 1967, he entered Luís de Camões school and studied there until 1972. In the next year, he went to the PUC SP school of application, where he gets interested in artistic languages and starts to write his firsts poems. In 1975 he enters Colégio Equipe (where most of Titãs’ members studied), and begin to compose with his classmate Paulo Miklos. In 1978, he begins to study “Letras” (a university course who teaches Portuguese language and Literature) at USP.

Career with Titãs

Next year, his family moved to Rio de Janeiro, and he transferred his course to the PUC RJ. However, he went back to São Paulo with his wife Go, and formed the Banda Performática. Later on, in 1982, the Titãs do IêIê made their first performance, and in 1984, they release their debut album Titãs. Together with them, he made performances in Switzerland, England, the United States, and Brazil itself. In 1992, however, he decides to leave Titãs, after more than a decade of partnership and seven albums released.

Solo career

In 1993 he released Nome – CD + Video + Book, putting together a multimedia project which associated poetry, music and computer animation (produced with the partnership of Celia Catunda, Kiko Mistrorigo and Zaba Moreau). The video "Nome" was presented in several exhibits and festivals held in Brazil, Italy, Argentina, Australia, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France and Spain (received recommendation of the Jury at the Festival International de Video Cidade de Vigo 1995), Netherlands, Monaco, Uruguay, Cuba, Chile, Colombia and USA (received honorable mention at the first annual New York Video Festival).

As a solo artist, Arnaldo Antunes also released the albums Ninguém (1995), O Silêncio (1996), Um Som (1998), Paradeiro (2001) and Saiba (Rosa Celeste/BMG 2004). He also released other albums at special projects, as the O Corpo (1999), a soundtrack especially produced for the Grupo Corpo, a company of dance of Minas Gerais, and the album Os Tribalistas (EMI/Phonomotor 2002), a collective project along with Marisa Monte and Carlinhos Brown.

His compositions have been inserted into the soundtracks of several movies including Blue in the Face, directed by Wayne Wang and Paul Auster; Bicho de Sete Cabeças, directed by Lais Bodanzki; Dois Perdidos Numa Noite Suja, adapted from a novel by Plinio Marcos and directed by José Joffily; and Benjamim, adapted from a novel by Chico Buarque and directed by Monique Gardenberg.

Personal life

From 1980 to 1987, he was married to Go. Right after they broke up, he got married to Zaba Moreau, with whom he had four children: Rosa, born in 1988, Celeste, born in 1991, Brás, born in 1997, and Tomé, born in 2001.


With Titãs

''See Titãs discography


  • Nome (1993)
  • Ninguém (1995)
  • O Silêncio (1996)
  • Um Som (1998)
  • Focus - O Essencial de Arnaldo Antunes (1999)
  • O Corpo (2000)
  • Paradeiro (2001)
  • Saiba (2004)
  • Qualquer (2006)

Guest appearances

  • Péricles Cavalcanti – Sobre as Ondas (1995)
  • Various artists – O Triângulo Sem Bermudas (1996)
  • Edgard Scandurra – Benzina (!996)
  • Tom Zé and Zé Miguel Wisnik – Parabelo – Grupo Corpo (1997)
  • Tom Zé – Com Defeito de Fabricação (1998)
  • Red Hot + Lisbon – Onda Sonora (1999)
  • João Donato- Songbook (1999)
  • Various Artists – Tributo à Cazuza (1999)
  • Chico Buarque – Songbook (1999)
  • Suba - São Paulo Confessions (2000)
  • Zé Miguel Wisnik – São Paulo Rio – (1000)
  • Marisa Monte - Memórias, Crônicas e Declarações de Amor (2000)
  • Walter Franco – Tutano (2001)
  • Lula Queiroga – Aboiando a Vaca Mecânica (2001)
  • Unknown artist – Só Um é Muito Só (2001)
  • Glauco Matoso - Melopéia – sonetos musicados (2001)
  • Cid Campos – No Lago do Olho (2001)
  • Aguilar e Banda Performática - Aguilar e Banda Performática (2001)
  • Unknown artist - Superfantástico – quando eu era pequeno (2002)
  • Ortinho – Ilha do Destino (2002)
  • João Donato – O Melhor de João Donato (2002)
  • Aldo Brizzi – Brizzi do Brasil (2002)

Bibliography as a writer

  • Ou e (visual poem album) (1983)
  • Psia, Editora Expressão (1986),
  • Tudos, Editora Iluminuras (1990), São Paulo
  • As coisas, Editora Iluminuras (1992), São Paulo SP - Award Jabuti de Poesia 1992
  • 2 ou + Corpos no mesmo Espaço, Editora Perspectiva (1997)
  • Doble Duplo, selection, translation and art by Ivan Larraguibel, Editora Zona de Obras/Tangará, Spain (2000)
  • 40 Escritos, organized by João Bandeira, Editora Iluminuras (2000), São Paulo, SP
  • Outro, Editora Mirabilia (2001)
  • Palavra Desordem, Editora Iluminuras (2002), São Paulo, SP
  • ET Eu Tu, Editora Cosac & Naify (2003)
  • Antologia, releases in Portugal only, Editora Quase (2006)
  • Frases do Tomé aos Três Anos, a collection of illustrations of the first sentences said by his son, Editora Alegoria (2006)
  • Como É que Chama o Nome Disso, Editora Publifolha, (2006)


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