it's about time to have a thread on him and.. appreciate!.
Gustavo A. Santaolalla (b. 1952, Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina) is an Academy Award winning Argentine musician, producer and composer whose musical style frequently combines elements of rock, soul, African rhythms and Latin American folk. He is now one of the most sought after producers in the Latin American scene.
Santaolalla's aided the development of Rock en Español outside Argentina by acting as producer for Mexican acts Fobia, Molotov, Café Tacvba, Julieta Venegas and Colombian singer Juanes, among many others.
As a solo artist, he has recorded three albums. His first self-titled album, Santaolalla (1982), broke new ground by incorporating the "eighties" sound into rock in Argentina for the first time. He was joined by Lerner and the Willy Iturry-Alfredo Toth rhythm section, who were two-thirds of the band GIT. His second album, titled Gas, was released in 1995. His most recent solo album, titled Ronroco (1998), contained several tracks with the characteristic sound of the charango, a folk string instrument, that poured into what constituted his next significant endeavor: music for movies. Ronroco also contains his (nearly)-solo piece for charango Iguazu, which has been used for the films The Insider by Michael Mann and Babel by Alejandro González Iñarritu.
Santaolalla transferred his efforts to film soundtracks in the late 1990s, producing albums for the films Amores Perros, 21 Grams and The Motorcycle Diaries. Currently based in California where he first moved in 1978, one of his more recent contributions has been to the instrumental music for the soundtrack to the 2005 Ang Lee film, Brokeback Mountain, from which "A Love that will never grow old'' won the 2006 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.
Santaolalla has received a 2006 Acadamy Award for Achievement in Music Written for Montion Pictures (Original Score) for Brokeback Mountain.
Also in 2005 he received the Konex Award as best Argentine artistic producer of the 1995-2005 decade.
In addition to his film work, Santaolalla has acted as the producer of Gaby Kerpel's Carnabailito and co-produced the Kronos Quartet's Nuevo, an album which renders homage to the rich musical heritage of Mexico. He has also been part of the resurgent neo-tango movement, as prime mover behind the Bajofondo Tango Club collective.