Biography
Journeyman singer, songwriter, poet, and multi-instrumentalist Rodrigo Amarante first became known as a member of popular Brazilian rock group Los Hermanos before launching a solo career in 2013. Though not a founding member of the band, he became the dominant influencer of their sound throughout the 2000s, while also serving in the Brazilian big band Orquestra Imperial. Restlessly eclectic, Amarante has collaborated with a number of unusual artists from Moreno Veloso to Devendra Banhart while spearheading interesting projects like the indie rock group Little Joy. When he began his solo career with Cavalo, he continued to pursue his instincts blending together bits of rock, electronic music, and Brazilian tradition. After contributing the theme song to the Netflix series Narcos, he resumed his solo work with 2021's Drama.

A native of Rio de Janeiro, Amarante joined Los Hermanos shortly before the release of their 1999 debut album, which vaulted them into the spotlight with the hit single "Anna Júlia." Though he played a minor role on their first album, he became an increasingly bigger presence on each of their three subsequent albums, writing and singing much of the band's material as they altered their sound, adding more Brazilian and bossa nova influences and downplaying their heavier rock tendencies. During this time, Amarante became a part of Brazilian big band Orquestra Imperial, who paired notable names from the Carioca pop scene like Nina Becker and Moreno Veloso with veteran musicians to play classic samba tunes. In 2006, the orchestra released their debut, Carnaval Só Ano Que Vem, just as Los Hermanos were winding down toward an indefinite hiatus that occurred in early 2007. That same year, he traveled to California to join indie folk singer Devendra Banhart on his album Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon. During this time, he befriended Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti and multi-instrumentalist Binki Shapiro, and the three formed a new rock group called Little Joy, who released a self-titled album on Rough Trade in 2008. During the next several years, Amarante continued to write songs, occasionally contributing to other projects. A pair of Los Hermanos reunions occurred in 2009 and 2010, but no new music was recorded. In 2013, he finally made his debut as a solo artist with Cavalo, an eclectic album that tied together many of his different musical styles. Amarante supported the release with an international tour, then resurfaced in 2015 with "Tuyo," which he wrote as the theme song for the Netflix crime drama Narcos. Arriving eight years after his debut, 2021's Drama was another smartly written set infused with cinematic sounds, unusual twists, and genre bending. ~ Timothy Monger, Rovi




 
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Rodrigo Amarante: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Rodrigo Amarante - Tuyo - Narcos intro song (live @Le Guess Who? 2018)
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Rodrigo Amarante - Tuyo (Narcos Theme Song) [Lyrics video]
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Rodrigo Amarante - Full Performance (Live on KEXP)
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