It’s a real honor to present a Top 5 selection from one of my favorite composers, Antônio Pinto. Antônio has scored some of the most celebrated films in the history of Brazilian cinema – City of God, Central Station and many others.
Pinto is the son of legendary Brazilian writer and cartoonist Ziraldo, and began his career in film by scoring an animated version of his father’s book Menino Maluquinho.
Aside from his work in film, Pinto has also been involved in popular music. Pinto played a role in developing the career of Brazilian singer CéU, helping to produce her 2005 debut album. His latest project is Almaz, a Brazilian super-group featuring Seu Jorge and members of the band Nação Zumbi. Almaz will be playing in Chicago – Tuesday, August 3 at the Congess Theatre.
Antônio Pinto – Top 5:
1. Jorge Ben – A Tabua da Esmeralda -Phillips 1974
2. Gal Costa – Fa-Tal – 1971 Phillips
3. Chico Buarque – Construção – 1971 Phillips
4. Gilberto Gil – Espresso 2222 – 1972 Phillips
5. Nação Zumbi – Afrocibederlia – 1996 Chaos/Sony
– Kyle Long
Here’s a look at some of Pinto’s work:
with Seu Jorge, from City of God:
with Ceu & Curumin, from City of Men
playing his theme from Central Station:
recording with Almaz: