Arnaldo Antunes was born in 1960, in São Paulo, Brazil, and has made music, poetry, video, performances, shows and interventions in other artistic scenes since 1980. He used to integrate the rock band Titãs from 1982 up to 1992 and recorded seven albums with them released by WEA Brazil:
- Titãs (1983),
- Televisão (1985),
- Cabeça de Dinossauro (1986),
- Jesus não tem dentes no País dos Banguelas (1987),
- Go Back ao vivo em Montreux (1988),
- Õ Blésq Blom (1989)
- Tudo ao Mesmo Tempo Agora (1991).
In 1992 he received the award for the Music of the Year for Grávida, in partnership with Marina Lima, granted by the São Paulo Association of Critics of Art. After having left the band, he continued to compose for their CDs Titanomaquia (1993), Domingo (1995), Titãs Acústico MTV (1996) in which he made a special participation singing the track O Pulso and still Volume 2 (1998). As a solo artist, Arnaldo Antunes has six CDs released by BMG Brazil:
- Nome (1993),
- Ninguém (1995),
- O Silêncio (1996),
- Um Som (1998),
- Focus - O Essencial de Arnaldo Antunes (1999)
- Paradeiro (2001)
Arnaldo also composed O Corpo (1999), soundtrack especially produced for the group O Corpo, company of dance from Minas Gerais, as well as the soundtrack for the performance Teresa, of the plastic artist Tunga.
Outside Brazil, in 1997, he participated of the compilation Bati Macumba, Bad New Records, Japan, with the track: The Silence, by Carlinhos Brown and Arnaldo Antunes; Gera by Edgard Scandurra and Antunes; Desce by Arnaldo and Poder by Arnaldo Antunes and Tadeu Jungle.
In 1998, some tracks of his solo CDs were chosen to integrate the musical anthologies Beleza Tropical 2 - New! More! Better! compiled by David Byrne, Luaka Bop/Warner Bros, U.S.A.: Imagem by Péricles Cavalcanti and Arnaldo Antunes, and O Seu Olhar by Paulo Tatit and Antunes and Brazil 2 Thousand - The Soul Of Bass-O-Novo, compiled by Béco Dranoff and Marc Hollander, Ziriguiboom Discos/Crammed Discs, Belgium: Alta Noite by Arnaldo Antunes.
In this same year, Arnaldo participated of two collective projects: the CDs Onda Sonora Red Hot + Lisbon, Red Hot Organization, the track Sem Você, composed in partnership with Carlinhos Brown and recorded with Arto Lindsay and Davi Moraes, and Freezone 5: The Radio Is Teaching My Goldfish, Jiu-Jitsu, SSR/Crammed Discs, Belgium, with the track Abraço, recorded and composed with Mitar Subotic. In the following year, the song Abraço was included in the CD Suba São Paulo Confessions, produced by Suba in São Paulo, and launched by the Ziriguiboom Discos/Crammed Discs, U.S.A..
Arnaldo Antunes has compositions in partnership with: Alice Ruiz, Arrigo Barnabé, Arto Lindsay, Carlinhos Brown, Cazuza, Edgard Scandurra, Gilbert Gil, João Donato, Jorge Benjor, Lenine, Marina Lima, Marisa Monte, Paulo Leminski, Péricles Cavalcanti, Roberto Frejat, Roberto de Carvalho and Titãs, among others. Today he has about 150 songs interpreted by Brazilian artists: Gal Costa (Cabelo), Jorge Benjor (Cabelo), Marisa Montet (Beija eu, Alta Noite, Volte para o seu Lar, Comida, Bem Leve, Eu não sou da sua rua, De mais ninguém - included in the film "Blue in the Face" of Wayne Wang, U.S.A., 1995), Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso (As Coisas), Gilberto Gil (A Ciência em Si), Maria Bethânia (Lua Vermelha, Alegria), Barão Vermelho (Quem me olha só, Lente, Não me acabo), Carlinhos Brown (Amores cinzas, Busy man), Ney Matogrosso (Comida), Sandra de Sá (Tempo), Adriana Calcanhoto (Estrelas), Marina (Grávida), Cássia Eller (Socorro), Rita Lee (O que você quer), Cazuza, Ira!, Péricles Cavalcanti, Nelson Gonçalves, Tetê Espíndola, Belchior and Eliete Negreiros, as well as the Titãs (Comida, Lugar nenhum, Miséria, O Pulso, Televisão, Hereditário, Família). In Italy Ornella Vanoni recorded Sant¹Allegria (Bem Leve).
The video Música para Ouvir, directed by Andrew Waddington and Toni Vanzolini, received the award for the Best Brazilian Pop Video in the MTV Awards 1999.
The video Essa Mulher, directed by Lais Bodanzky, received the award for the Best video, of the Multishow Award of Brazilian Music, 2002.
The soundtrack for Bicho de Sete Cabeças by Lais Bodanzky, used some musics by Arnaldo.
- Ou e (visual poem album), edition of the author (1983)
- Psia, Editora Expressão (1986) / Editora Iluminuras (1991), São Paulo - SP, currently in the 4th edition
- Tudos, Editora Iluminuras (1990), São Paulo - SP, currently in the 4th edition
- As coisas, Editora Iluminuras (1992), São Paulo SP - Award Jabuti de Poesia 1992, currently in the 6th edition
- 2 ou + Corpos no mesmo Espaço, Editora Perspectiva (1997), São Paulo SP, in the 2nd edition.
- 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
- Palavra Desordem, Editora Iluminuras (2002), São Paulo, SP