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Arrigo Barnabé




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• Projects as a leader •


Clara Crocodilo Orchestra
Arrigo Barnabé - vocals, piano, keyboards, composition
Vânia Bastos & Tetê Espindola - vocals or Lívia Nestrovski & Luisa Toller - vocals
Sergio Albach - conductor
plus a local orchestra performing arrangements of Clara Crocodilo

Tubarões Voadores
Arrigo Barnabé - lead vocals, keyboards, composition and lyrics
Vânia Bastos - vocals
Tonho Penhasco - guitar
Bozzo Barretti - keyboards
Geraldo Vieira - bass
Duda Neves - drums
Paulo Barnabé - percussion

Claras e Crocodilos
Arrigo Barnabé - lead vocals, keyboards, composition and lyrics
Ana Amélia - lead vocals
Phelipe Lewis - trumpet
Sintia Piccin - tenor sax and backing vocals
Paulo Braga - piano and backing vocals
Mário Manga - electric guitar and backing vocals
Ana Karina Sebastião - electric bass and backing vocals
Edu Ribeiro - drums

Arrigo Barnabé Quintet
Arrigo Barnabé - lead vocals, keyboards, composition and lyrics
Ana Amélia - lead vocals
Paulo Braga - piano and backing vocals
Ana Karina Sebastião - electric bass and backing vocals
Edu Ribeiro - drums

Arrigo Barnabé Duo
Arrigo Barnabé - vocals, piano (or keyboards), compositions
Vânia Bastos or Lívia Nestrovski or Tetê Espindola - vocals

Arrigo Barnabé - Paulo Braga
Arrigo Barnabé - keyboards and vocals
Paulo Braga - piano


• Projects as a co-leader •


Arrigo Barnabé - Luiz Tatit - Lívia Nestrovski: "De nada mais a algo além"
Arrigo Barnabé - piano and vocals
Luiz Tatit - electric guitar, acoustic guitar and vocals
Lívia Nestrovski - vocals
Mário Manga - electric guitar and backing vocals
Paulo Braga - piano and backing vocals
Pedro Gadelha - electric bass and double bass
Edu Ribeiro - drums
plus a local string trio

«As it is known by who followed the movements of the 1970s to 1980, Arrigo and Tatit are the two key figures of the "Vanguarda Paulista". Both questioned from inside the brazilian song structure in the way they melodize, harmonize and relate lyrics to music. They are in quest of an evolutionary fate of the Brazilian song language, what would be the next step after Bossa Nova and Tropicália».
José Miguel Wisnik - Jornal O Globo (2-8-2014)


• Pictures •

Pictures at Arrigo Barnabé's MySpace

Pictures by Edson Kumasaka


• Discography •

1980 - Arrigo Barnabé e Banda Sabor de Veneno - Clara Crocodilo - self-produced - LP (CD, Thanx God Records, 2000)
1984 - Tubarões Voadores - Barclay / Ariola - LP (reissued on CD, Thanx God Records, 2000)
1986 - Cidade Oculta (movie soundtrack) - Barclay (Polygram/Philips) - LP
1987 - Suspeito - 3M - LP
1992 - Façanhas - Camerati - CD
1997 - Ed Mort (movie soundtrack) - Rob Digital - CD
1998 - Gigante Negão - Núcleo Contemporâneo - CD
1999 - A Saga de Clara Crocodilo - Tranx God Records - CD
2001 - O Homem dos Crocodilos - (with Alberto Muñoz) - private recording (video on 2004)
2004 - Coletânea 25 Anos de Clara Crocodilo
2004 - Missa In-Memorian Arthur Bispo do Rosário - Thanx God Records - CD
2006 - Missa in Memoriam - Itamar Assumpção - Thanx God Records/Tratore - CD
2008 - Arrigo Barnabé e Paulo Braga - Ao Vivo, em Porto - Atração - CD
2013 - Arrigo Barnabé - Luiz Tatit - Lìvia Nestrovski - De Nada Mas a Algo Além - Atração - CD
2014 - Suite Claras e Crocodilos - Defìs - CD
2015 - Arrigo Barnabé - self-produced - box 5 CD
2021 - Arrigo Barnabé et Virginie Boutaud - Sur une plage du Brésil / Mon Chat - single 7"
2023 - Arrigo Barnabé & Negro Leo - Sargaço Mar - single - Biscoito Fino

• Other collaboration •

1984 - Passoca - Sonora Garoa - RCA - LP (musical direction)
1985 - Gal Costa - Bem Bom - RCA Victor - LP (reissued on CD by Zillion, 1992)
1985 - Various Artist - A música em Pessoa - Som Livre - LP (reissued on CD by Biscoito Fino, 2002)
1986 - Eliete Negreiros - Ángulos: tudo está dito - Copacabana - LP
1987 - Patife Band & Arrigo Barnabé - Corredor Polonês - WEA - LP
2003 - Tuca Fernandes & Quinteto Delas: Luar - Conções de Arrigo Barnabé - YB Music - CD
2004 - Daniel Taubkin: Uma Beleza Estranha - Organismo Vivo - CD

• Producer •

1982 - Eliete Negreiros - Outros sons - Odeon - LP (reissued on CD by Kuarup, 2014)

• DVD •

2009 - Orquestra à Base De Sopro de Curitiba & Arrigo Barnabé - Ao Vivo no Teatro Guaíra - Disc Press
2011 - Arrigo Barnabé em Caixa de ódio - NaGoma Produções-Canal Brasil

• Filmography •

1981 - O Olho Mágico do Amor (adults only)
1986 - Nem Tudo é Verdade (playing the role of Orson Welles)
1986 - Cidade Oculta (adults only)
1987 - Anjos da Noite
2002 - Desmundo
2010 - Luz nas Trevas - A Volta do Bandido da Luz Vermelha

• Compositions & Songs •

A Europa curvou-se ante o Brasil (w/ Bozo Barretti e Carlos Rennó)
À procura do orgasmo total
A serpente (w/ Roberto Riberti)
Acapulco drive-in (w/ Paulo Barnabé and lyrics by Otávio Fialho e Gilson Gibson)
Amor perverso (w/ Hermelino Neder)
Ángulos (w/ Eduardo Gudin and lyrics by Caetano Veloso)
As desventuras de um office-boy
Astronauta perdido
Aventuras em um drive-in (w/ Paulo Barnabé and lyrics by Otávio Fialho)
Banquete fúnebre
Bem Bom (w/ Eduardo Gudin and lyrics by Carlos Rennó) in "Bem Bom" by Gal Costa
Bugre (w/ Ney Matogrosso)
Canção da caveira
Canção do astronauta perdido
Canção do ferreiro
Canto I do inferno in "Façanhas" (w/ Paulo Braga, Dante Alighieri, Augusto de Campos, Arrigo Barnabé, Mané Silveira)
Cidade oculta (w/ Roberto Riberti and lyrics by Eduardo Gudin)
Clara Crocodilo (w/ Mário Lúcio Côrtes)
Conflito de geração (w/ Hermelino Neder) in "Façanhas"
Crotalus terrificus (lyrics by Paulinho da Viola)
Deus te proteje
Deuses da voz in "Façanhas" and under the title of Baiar um Baião in "De Nada a Mais a Algo Além"
Diabo no corpo (w/ Roberto Riberti)
Diversões eletrônicas (w/ Regina Porto)
Ed Mort
Espelho in "Façanhas"
Experimento GN 1 (w/ Dino Vicente)
Êxtase (w/ Hermelino Neder)
Fim
Flash back
Glória gozosa
Imagem (w/ Roberto Riberti)
in "Façanhas"
Infortúnio
Instante
Kid Supérfluo, o consumidor implacável (w/ Ricardo Porto)
Labirinto (w/ Mário Cortês)
Lama
Lenda (w/ Roberto Riberti, Hermelino Neder e Eduardo Gudin)
Londrina
Luar
Mascacadáver (w/ Mário Manga)
Meninas diferentes
Miolo mole
Mirante (w/ Carlos Rennó)
Mística (w/ Roberto Riberti)
Mr. Walker e a garota fantasma
Neide Manicure, pedicure (w/ Paulo Barnabé and lyrics by Bozzo Barreti)
No cemitério
Num antro sujo (w/ Regina Porto)
O combate entre Lúcifer e o Arcanjo Miguel (w/ Roney Stella e Cláudio Faria)
O dedo de Deus (w/ Mário Manga)
O monstro
Office-boy
Onde andará Clara Crocodilo? (w/ Mário Côrtes)
Orgasmo total
Papai não gostou (w/ Bozo Barretti)
Poema em linha reta (sobre poema de Fernando Pessoa)
Pregador maldito
Pterodáctilo contemporaneus in "Façanhas"
Quem bate à minha porta (w/ Fernando Pessoa) in "A música em Pessoa"
Quem cala consente (w/ Neusa Pinheiro e Mário Cortês)
Remorso
Roleta russa
Ronda 2 (w/ Carlos Rennó)
Sabor de veneno
Saudade dada (w/ Fernando Pessoa) - in "A música em Pessoa"
Shirley Sombra
Sinhazinha em chamas in "Façanhas"
Sky of my blues (w/ Carlos Rennó e Hermelino Neder)
So cool (w/ Carlos Rennó)
Suspeito (w/ Hermelino Neder) in "Façanhas"
Tchau trouxa (w/ Hermelino Neder e Dino Vicente)
Tecnumbanda
Televisão quebrada
Todo coração (w/ Eduardo Gudin e Roberto Roberti)
Tubarões voadores (w/ Luiz Ge)
Tudo Esta Dito (w/ Augusto de Campos)
Tumulto
Uga uga (w/ Hermelino Neder e Dino Vicente)
Video game


• biography •


Arrigo Barnabé is born in Londrina (Brasil) on 14 September 1951.

One of the first and most talented proponents of the "Vanguarda Paulista" movement (urban classically trained musicians of the city of São Paulo who added the wildest erudite experimentations to pop culture), Arrigo Barnabé is an internationally awarded composer/arranger with an expressive contribution to Brazilian music.
Mixing Webern and Weil's dissonant harmonies with creative dodecaphonic and atonal melodies with pop culture references (such as the throaty voice of the São Paulo's most popular crime radio reporter) and the strongest, heaviest Brazilian grooves, his releases had an unsurpassed energy.

1960/1968: Started studying piano at home since the age of nine and from 1962 to 1968 attended Filadélfia school of music in Londrina, perfectioning piano and studying musical theory.
In 1963 he entered at Colégio Marista in Londrina and performed with the band of the college at the Maracanà stadium in Rio de Janeiro before the soccer Intercontinental Cup final between Santos FC and AC Milan on November 14th, 1963.

1970: Moved to São Paulo to take the entrance exam at the Faculty of Chemical Engineering, even though he joined the faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at USP.
It was during this period that he became interested in comic books, after visiting an exhibition of Luiz Ge at the Museum of Art of São Paulo (future illustrator of "Clara Crocodilo" cover and author of the strip "Tubarões Voadores" to which Barnabé will inspire for the realization of his second album).

1971: Turns back to Londrina and began to work on composition, crafting the first modules of "Clara Crocodilo" material.
In the same year he participated at a seminar held during the Winter Festival of Ouro Preto with the pianist Eduardo Hazan and composers Ernesto Widmer and Walter Smetak.

1973: On March 9th, presented his compositions to the public for the first time (material that will be part of "Clara Crocodilo") at the Theatre Filadélfia in Londrina for the the show "Na Boca do Bode" with Itamar Assumpção, among others.
Moved back to São Paulo to sign up for a course in composition and arrangement at the Escola de Comunicações e Artes with Willy Correa de Oliveira and Caio Pagano (which he attended until 1978) and won the Universitary Music Festival in Londrina with the composition "Lástima".

1976: He wrote the highly successful song "Clara Crocodilo" (with Mário Lúcio Cortes) and formed the band "Navalha" with his brother Paulo Barnabé on drums, Itamar Assumpção on vocals and guitar and Antonio Carlos Tonelli on electric bass, creating the first embryonic nucleus of the band "Sabor de Veneno" which will merge in 1978.

1979: He won the first edition of the Festival Universitário da TV Cultura organized by TV Cultura, with the composition "Diversões Eletrônicas" - a "song" that brought out the idea of the song (accompanied sung melody) - performed by the band "Sabor de Veneno" with which initiates a dense activity of concerts.
A few months later he won first place and received another award for best arrangement with the song "Sabor de Veneno" - which aroused considerable polemics - at the MPB Festival organized by TV Tupi of São Paulo.

1980: Thanks to the enormous success gaind at the festivals of 1979, Arrigo Barnabé is contacted by the record company Polygram for the publication of his first album "Clara Crocodilo", but after arguments with the label the work will be released self-produced on November 15th, with decisive financial support of his friend Robinson Borba.
It's estimated that the album has sold about 50,000 copies despite the lack of proper distribution.
The impact of LP "Clara Crocodilo" followed by a national tour in the world of Brazilian music culture was considered the greatest news since Tropicalia.

1981: Barnabé's been awarded as the revelation of the year by APCA (São Paulo's Art Critics' Association) prize and "personality of the year" by ABPD (Brazilian Association of Record Manufacturers).
He debuted as an actor in the movie "O Olho Magico de Amor" by José Antonio Garcia and Ícaro Martins, a classic work in the pornochanchada genre.

1982: Participated at the Berlin Jazz Festival with the "Arrigo Barnabé Project", a performance with Brazilian, European and North American musicians and realized the single produced by Robinson Borba "Cançao dos Vagalumes / Londrina" interpreted by the singer Tetê Espíndola, that recorded the strong appreciation of Antonio Carlos Jobim.

1983: Presented "A saga de Clara Crocodilo", work for orchestra, rock band, female voice and narrator, performing it at the Teatro de Cultura of São Paulo with the Orquestra Sinfônica Juvenil do Estado de São Paulo directed by Jamil Maluf and received the award for The Best Soundtrack at the Gramado Film Festival for "Janete" directed by Chico Botelho, his first score that contains the theme track sung by Caetano Veloso.

1984: After signing a record deal with Ariola/Barclay label, released his second work "Tubarões Voadores" born from a strip developed by the author of comics Luiz Ge, that sold about 40,000 copies and get awards in Europe being named disc of the month and selected as one of two best "jazz albums" of the year by the French magazine "Jazz Hot".

1985: He increased his film career starring in the film "Nem tudo é verdade" by Rogério Sganzerla and "Cidade Oculta" by Chico Botelho of what he also wrote the soundtrack (released in LP).
He's also awarded with the Governor's Award of São Paulo at the Rio Cine Festival for the soundtrack for the motion picture "Estrela Nua" directed by José Antonio Garcia and Ícaro Martins.

1986: He received awards at the Festival de Cinema de Brasília DF for the soundtracks of "Vera" directed by Sérgio Toledo (Brasilia Festival) and "Santa Joana" by José Possi Neto (APETESP of São Paulo). His soundtrack for "Cidade Oculta" was awarded at the Rio Cine Festival He received an award from the Association of Theatres of the State of São Paulo for composing the music for the film "Santa Joana".

1987: Released his third album "Suspeito" for 3M label, his most deliberated commercial attempt promoted through proper pop music channels (music television appearances and realization of video clips) that guaranteed a certain popularity.

1988: He was awarded at the Festival de Cinema de Curitiba prize for the soundtrack of "Lua Cheia" directed by Alain Fresnot, organized a seminar of composition at the Winter Festival in Belo Horizonte and was part of the international jury at the Youth Festival in Solti in Soviet Union.

1989: In addition to having participated at the celebrations of the bicentennial of the French Revolution in Paris and playing at the Jazz Festival in Brussels, he's called by Fernando Moraes (Secretary of State for Culture of São Paulo State) to take the institutional role of Assessor added for music (which will play until the end of 1990), helping to establish the Orquestra Jazz Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo and the Banda Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, active to this day.

1990: He wrote and produced an opera "Gigante Negão", released on CD by label Núcleo Contemporâneo in 1997.

1991: Received a grant to produce a work inspired by Macbeth and realized "Algumas Ideias Sobre Macbeth" composition in two movements for two pianos, percussion, rock band and string quartet, with which inaugurates a new phase of more focused activities in contemporary classical music production, although introducing elements drawn from popular culture.
He toured in all Brasil with Itamar Assumpção.

1992: Released his album "Façanhas", with which he performed ballads and versions in piano solo of his former material, in which a subtle romanticism gives room for passages reminiscent of a person on the verge of insanity.

1993: Returns in Germany to perform a very succesful show at Podewil, Berlin and worked with Bruno Bayen in Rennes, France, in a seminar with students of the National School of Theatre of Brittany based upon Goethe's "Faust, Part Two".

1994: Created and directed the first edition of Percpan (Percussive Panorama Mundial) in Salvador in the state of Bahia and performed his piece "Nunca conheci quem tivesse levado porrada", "Música Orquestra Jazz Sinfônica, Quarteto de Cordas and Banda de Rock" for América Latina Memorial in São Paulo with Orquestra Jazz Sinfônica directed by Luther Rodrigues, the String Quartet of São Paulo and the rock group of his brother Paulo, Patife Band.

1995: He performed at the first Festival de Jazz e Música Latino-Americana of Córdoba in Argentina.br> Experimenting with new languages, he made several public performances (including at the Teatro Municipal in São Paulo) presenting his piece "Música para Dois Pianos, Percussão, Quarteto de Cordas e Banda de Rock", for two pianos, percussion, string quartet and his brother's rock band Patife Band.

1996: Invited to Carnegie Hall in New York to "Sonidos de las Américas: Brasil" and conducted a master-class at the Princeton University.
He play at the Teatro Rival in Rio de Janeiro, a concert for two pianos with Paulo Braga for the series "Encontros Notáveis".
With singer Tetê Espíndola play at Centro Cultural in São Paulo.

1997: He released the CD for his soundtrack of the movie "Ed Mort" (Rob Digital) directed by Alain Fresnot and he's invited to write a composition for the closing ceremony of the celebrations for 400th anniversary of the death of Father Anchieta (the founder of the city of São Paulo), directing "Pátio do Colégio Anchieta-tribute" for symphony orchestra, rock band, indigenous instruments and lyrical content and also presents three new works for two pianos and three percussionists at the Music Biennale in Rio de Janeiro.

1999: At this stage starts a job of reworking the "Clara Crocodilo" material, which continue to this day, recording the performance presented at SESC Ipiranga in São Paulo on the 28th and 29th of February for the label Tranx God with the title "A Saga de Clara Crocodilo".

2000: He continues his intense activity as a composer of contemporary music, creating a single piano sonata (which has never been recorded), composed "Celebração" for violin and piano in two movements, commissioned by the Vitae Foundation (presented on June at the Sala São Luís in São Paulo), "Um Case Para Psicólogos" for violin, viola, cello and double bass for the play "NXW" by Gerald Thomas and "Estudo Sinfonico com Guitarra Elétrica".

2001: He wrote a chamber version of his most celebrated songs for the singer Tuca Fernandes and the quintet Delas (violin, viola, cello, double bass and piano) to be published in 2003 for YB Music label with the title "Luar".
On November he presents one of his most complex works, the opera "O Homem dos Crocodilos" with libretto by Argentina's Alberto Muñoz, inspired by Sigmund Freud, which runs for two weeks at the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil in São Paulo,
2002: Presents the work "22 - and Antes Depois" composed in collaboration with Tim Rescala and plastic artist Guto Lacaz at the SESC Ipiranga in São Paulo, played the role of consultant and coordinator of integrated training courses at ULM (Free Musical University of São Paulo), a work for string quartet composed in two movements over a short piece for clarinet (Luis Alonso), floor (Paulo Braga), violin (Luis Amato) and cello (Raif Dantas Barreto), as a complement to an execution program of the "Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps" by Messiaen and composed "a Hora do Lobo" to the 25th anniversary of FM public radio station Culture, presented in the Theatre Artistic Culture of São Paulo directed by Luther Rodrigues.

2003: He wrote the music for "Plaidoyer em faveur des larmes d'Héraclite" by Bruno Bayen, presented on June at the Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris.
He presented "Missa in Memoriam Arthur Bispo do Rosário", for choir of twelve voices and chamber orchestra in the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, in São Paulo with the direction of Tiago Pinheiro, published later by label Tranx God.

2004: Began his radio experience, hosting on a weekly basis "Supertônica" program on Cultura FM channel that is awarded on 2005 by APCA, Associação Paulista dos Críticos de Arte of São Paulo as as "Radio Program Revelation" of the year.
He composed a second "Missa in Memoriam" for the friend, recently missed, Itamar Assumpção presentented on October at the Teatro Sérgio Cardoso, in São Paulo.
Took part in recording "Beleza Estranha" by Benjamin Taubkin, submit to the São João National Theatre in Porto at the Festival de Teatro de Língua Portuguesa.
He composed the soundtrack for the feature film-documentary "Doutores em Alegria" directed by Mara Mourão.

2005: He composed "Engrenagem Canora nº 1" for two pianos and percussion and presented it to the Chamber Music Festival of Tatuía and writes "Totens", an opera for symphony orchestra, presented on June at the Teatro Sérgio Cardoso in São Paulo.
He composed the work "Até que os if apaguem avisos luminosos", premiered on August at SESC Ipiranga of São Paulo, with libretto loosely based on Santos Dumont and direction by Bruno Bayen, with choreography by architect and cartoonist Luiz Ge.
He performed piano solo concert in Paris at the Theatre de l'Opprimée.
Se apresenta como narrador numa versão em português da "Ode a Napoleão" de Arnold Schoenberg, juntamente com o "Quarteto de cordas da cidade de São Paulo" e Paulo Braga (piano).
Escreve a ópera "Enquanto estiverem acesos os avisos luminosos" com libreto de Bruno Bayen.

2006: Received "SESI-Festival de cinema da FIESP" Prize as Best Soundtrack for the score of the feature film "Doutores em Alegria".
He premiered "Missa in Memorian Itamar Assumpção" at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil in São Paulo.

2007: Tranx God published "Missa in Memoriam Itamar Assumpção".

2008: Composed "Caixa da Música" and "Out of Cage" for percussion group "Drumming", which choreography by Ricardo Pais, made his debut at the Teatro Nacional São João in São Paulo on June.
From january to June he assumes the role of a resident-artist at the Unicamp of São Paulo during the first half of the year and realized with his scholars and students and professors from other courses of the Instituto de Artes da Unicamp, the show "Salão de Beleza", staged at the Centre de Convivencia in Campinas on September 8th and 9th.
He curated and held the artistic direction of "Crisantemúsica", a series of recitals at the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil in São Paulo, event commemorating the 100 years of Japanese immigration to Brazil, composing "Viver" for piano, violin, koto and electric guitar, premiered on May 20th.

2009: He wrote the soundtrack for the movie by Alain Fresnot "Família muda e vende tudo" that is premiered the following year.
He works as an actor, playing the delegate Justino in the movie "Luz Nas Trevas", remake of the classic Rogerio Sganzerla, "O Bandido da Luz Vermelha", directed by Helena Ignes and Ícaro Martins.
Began to compose the work "Caixa de Odio - o universo de Lupicinio Rodrigues", a production in collaboration with Canal Brasil with which revisits the repertoire of the great Porto Alegre's musician, that will be released on DVD in 2012.
He displays another outstanding rework of "Clara Crocodilo" with Orchestra a Base de Sopro de Curitiba, performing it at Centro Cultural Teatro Guaíra in Curitiba.

2014: With the release of "De Nada Mais a Algo Além" (published by the record company Atração) sees the return of Arrigo composing popular songs in company of his old friend Luiz Tatit and the young singer Livia Nestrovski.
Barnabé published a work containing brand new arrangements of "Clara Crocodilo" material, entitled "Suite Claras and Crocodilos" performed by the band "Claras e Crocodilos".
Began performing with another freshly formed combo called "O Neurótico e as Histéricas" revisiting the songs of his old friend Hermelino Neder who released in 1984 an album by the band Hermelino e a Football Music called "Como Essa Mulher".

2015: "O Homem dos Crocodilos" it's staged at the Teatro São Pedro in São Paulo.

2016: He play in Italy with his female band quintet "O Neurotico e as Histericas"

2017: He play in Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris with his septet presenting "A saga da Clara Crocodilo"

Scarica la Biografia in italiano (aggiornamento luglio 2016)

• short bio •

Arrigo Barnabé is born in Londrina, Paraná on September 14, 1951.
One of the first and most talented proponents of the "Vanguarda Paulista" movement (urban classically trained musicians of the city of São Paulo who added the wildest erudite experimentations to pop culture), Arrigo Barnabé is an internationally awarded composer/arranger with an expressive contribution to Brazilian music.
Mixing dissonant harmonies with creative dodecaphonic and atonal melodies with pop culture references (such as the throaty voice of the São Paulo's most popular crime radio reporter) and the strongest, heaviest Brazilian grooves, his releases had an unsurpassed energy.
His best-known record is the critically acclaimed Clara Crocodilo.
He hosts Supertônica, a radio show at Rádio Cultura in São Paulo.
Arrigo Barnabé is cited in the songs "Língua" by Caetano Veloso.

 

• other links •

"Biografia" (português) - Enciclopédia da Mùsica Brasileira - Art Editora e PubliFolha

"Biografia" (português) - Studio Clio website

"Biografia" (português) - Letras website

Biographie (en français) @ label Défis

"Suite Claras e Crocodilos" presentation of the CD by Arrigo Barnabé - label Défis



• audio •

"Cuidado!" by Dulce Maltez Arrigo Barnabé e sua Banda Feminina (2013)
"Pô Amar é Importante" by Dulce Maltez Arrigo Barnabé e sua Banda Feminina (2013)

"Lenda" by Arrigo Barnabé & Vânia Bastos (2012?)

"Clara Crocodilo" by Arrigo Barnabé & Patife Band (2008)

"Luar" by Arrigo Barnabé & Daniel Taubkin (2004-2005)

"Missa In-Memoriam Arthur Bispo do Rosário" Arrigo Barnabé (2004 - Full Album)

"A Saga de Clara Crocodilo" Arrigo Barnabé - Tranx God Records (1999 - Full Album)

Arrigo Barnabé live in front of Louvre Museum of Paris - 3 August 1989 (not 1990 as indicated) - cassette recording

Arrigo Barnabé "Dedo de Deus" at Festival de Vincennes (1989) - cassette recording

Arrigo Barnabé e Cida Moreira "live at Theater Am Turm" in Frankfurt (March 1985) - cassette recording

"Janete" Arrigo Barnabé & Caetano Veloso - trilha do film de Chico Botelho (1983)

Arrigo Barnabé & Sabor de Veneno "live at Berliner Philharmonie" (1981) - cassette recording

Arrigo Barnabé & Neuza Pinheiro "Sabor de Veneno" - Festival de MPB da TV Tupi, Guarujá (1979)
Arrigo Barnabé recebeu o prêmio de "Melhor Arranjo" e Neuza Pinheiro de "melhor intérprete"


Supertonica: Música acima de qualquer suspeita - Arrigo Barnabé's radio program on Radio Cultura Brasil

Arrigo Barnabé's songs at Vagalume website

MySpace by Arrigo Barnabé


• video interviews •

1. interview by Antônio Abujamra - Provocações 60 (2000)
2. interview by Antônio Abujamra - Provocações 60 (2000)

Entrevista de Arrigo Barnabé e Carlos Careqa (2006)

Programa "Conversa Que Toca" (All 21-7-2007) - Teatro Paiol - Curitiba - Paraná (21-7-2007)
Programa "Conversa Que Toca" (All 22-7-2007) - Teatro Paiol - Curitiba - Paraná (22-7-2007)

Modulações de "Clara Crocodilo" e a performance do embrulho nos anos 80 - Thunderview (2008)
Arrigo Barnabé fala sobre a interpretação de Orson Welles no cinema - Thunderview (2008)

Arrigo Barnabé fala sobre Clara Crocodilo etc. (October 2010)

Fala Arrigo! - Arrigo Barnabé e Orquestra à Base de Sopro de Curitiba (2011)

Arrigo Barnabé fala sobre o Lira Paulistana, o Teodoro Sampaio, o Festival Universitário da TV Cultura (2011)

Arrigo Barnabé - Cultura Retrô - TV Cultura (15-9-2011)

Arrigo Barnabé e os Tubarões Voadores 2012 by Dafne Sampaio - Istoé online (2012)

Rogerio Skylab entrevista Arrigo Barnabé - Matador de Passarinho (2013)

Entrevista com Arrigo Barnabé - ONCOTO (2014?)

Entrevista Arrigo Barnabé, Luiz Tatit e Lívia Nestrovski + "Baiar um Baião" - no Metrópolis - TV Cultura (9-12-2014)

Estação Cultura - TVE (11-6-2015)

• interviews •

"Arrigo em Dois Tempos" - entrevista in: Arte em Revista. Independentes, Ano 6, nº. 8. SP: CEAC/USP, 1984, p. 22-29

Bate-papo com Arrigo Barnabé - Bate-papo com convidados (1-9-2008)

Arrigo fala by Antônio do Amaral Rocha (17-12-2008)

O que compõe Arrigo Barnabé by Paulo Briguet - Jornal de Londrina (20-7-2010)

Arrigo Barnabé e Vânia Bastos relembram histórias de mais de 30 anos de carreira by Bernardo Jardim Ribeiro, Felipe Prestes e Tomás Piccinini - Sul21 (7-4-2013)

Entramos no labirinto de Arrigo Barnabé e "Clara Crocodilo" by Azoofa (21-2-2014)

Arrigo Barnabé. L'avanguardia di San Paolo by Pietro Scaramuzzo - Musica Jazz (febbraio 2017)

Um papo com Arrigo Barnabé sobre os 40 anos de Clara Crocodilo by Leandro Souto Maior - Pop Fantasma (17-7-2020)

• texts and videos on Arrigo Barnabé •

«Arrigo made history, for these purposes, with his albums "Clara Crocodilo" and "Tubaroes Voadores". He invented its own way of using twelve-tone series, shifting the tonal center of the songs, but shaking them with convulsive and rhythmic repetitions, in a strange mixture of shards of Arnold Schoenberg music with James Brown, mixed with Baudelaire and concrete poetry, comics and police radio programs. What may seem exotic, freak or mere symptom of time, it does not take into account the consistency and the genius of musical imagination and performative skills of Arrigo. Which, among other things, is its unsuspected capacity as a melodists, I would say just like Jobim».

Zé Miguel Wisnik

«In the early 80's Arrigo Barnabé cast a seminal, revolutionary and provocative album called Clara Crocodilo.
Arrigo's music is not easily digestible and therefore do not expect it to be pleasing to you all.
It is really revolutionary for blowing the serialism of Arnold Schoenberg with elements of jazz, brazilian music, opera, spoken voice, etc., creating a very brazilian urban nightmare.
In the early 80's Brazil lived the last moments of military dictatorship and society was testing its limits forcing the opening. The work of Arrigo Barnabé is very brave not only musically but also politically.
I consider myself privileged to have attended 3 shows of this band. Those were times that we were waiting for the police to enter any time.
I believe that Arrigo Barnabé music is so important to Brazil as was that of Astor Piazzolla to Argentina. Arrigo in terms of revolutionary and creative music is certainly the most important brazilian musician of the twentieth century.
Unfortunately so-called brazilian culture could never really understand the complexity and intelligence of his work.
If understood, being a conservative mob, tried to ignore it. But back to this very brazilian urban nightmare I was hearing the title song called Clara Crocodilo and no doubt realized this nightmare persists today...»

Antonio Celso Barbieri


Vanguarda Paulista @ AKAMU website

Wikipedia: Arrigo Barnabé, Clara Crocodilo, Tubarões Voadores, Desmundo, Cidade Oculta

Video "Elis Regina fala sobre Arrigo Barnabé, Tetê Espíndola e Itamar Assumpção" programa "Jogo da Verdade" apresentado pelo jornalista Salomão Ésper, na TV Cultura (5-1-1982)

Article "O serialismo e o atonalismo livre aportam na MPB: as canções do LP Clara Crocodilo de Arrigo Barnabé" by André Cavazotti - Revista de Performance Musical - Volume 1 - Universidade federal de Minais Gerais (2000)

Programa o "Som do Vinil" by Charles Gavin - Canal Brasil (2007):
1. History of "Clara Crocodilo"
2. History of "Clara Crocodilo"
3. History of "Clara Crocodilo"

"O Encontro de Tom Jobim & Arrigo Barnabé" - por Paulo Jobim, Arrigo Barnabé & Daniel Taubkin (maybe 2008)
Paulo Jobim interviewed by a journalist in reference to his father's views on music's future in which Paulo reveals that one day, Antonio Carlos Jobim, very excited by the novelty of both recent audition and acquaintance, adressed his son humming a song he had just written, inspired by Arrigo Barnabé and made mention of him as a natural and genuine example of the continuance of his musical path.

HQ Memoria - Tubarões Voadores, a HQ que virou música by Nikki Nixon (24-11-2009)

1. Especial Clara Crocodilo (2010)
2. Especial Clara Crocodilo (2010)

Tubarões Voadores - O Dia que Arrigo Barnabé Musicou os Quadrinhos de Luiz Gê by André Rocha (29-6-2011)

Clara Crocodilo e as imagens urbanas de São Paulo na década de 1970 by Juliana Wendpap Batista (2012)

Video Arrigo Barnabé, Lupicínio Rodrigues e a Vanguarda Paulista by Nelson Motta - Jornal da Globo (13-7-2012)

O universo de "Clara Crocodilo": história & música no LP de Arrigo Barnabé by Juliana Wendpap Batista (2013)

Arrigo Barnabé dá vida nova ao clássico "Clara crocodilo" by Carlos Albuquerque - Jornal O Globo (13-3-2014)

Review "Algo além" - by José Miguel Wisnik - Jornal O Globo (2-8-2014)
«As it is known by who followed the movements of the 1970s to 1980, Arrigo and Tatit are the two key figures of the "Vanguarda Paulista". Both questioned from inside the brazilian song structure in the way they melodize, harmonize and relate lyrics to music. They are in quest of an evolutionary fate of the Brazilian song language, what would be the next step after Bossa Nova and Tropicália».

- Video Programa "Passagem de Som" - USP (5-7-2015)

Breve História - Arrigo Barnabé part 1 - Rede Minas TV (17-7-2015)
Breve História - Arrigo Barnabé part 2 - Rede Minas TV (17-7-2015)

Article "Arrigo Barnabé: 70 anos de Vanguarda" by Lucas Vieira (2021)

• texts by Arrigo Barnabé •

texts of songs by Arrigo Barnabé

texts by Arrigo Barnabé on Farofafà

No fim da infância - Rivista Piaui, Edição 64, Janeiro 2012

Arrigo Barnabé et. al.: "Quatro Postais da Cidade Dividida" - Folha de São Paulo, nº 444, 28-7-1985, Suplemento Folhetim

• Bibliography •

- ARANTES, José Tadeu - Arrigo: a música como um formoso crocodilo - Movimento, São Paulo, (300): mar. 1981, pp. 17-18
- BATISTA, Juliana W. - O Anacronismo na ilustração da capa do LP Clara Crocodilo de Arrigo Barnabé - Anais Eletrônicos do I Congresso Internacional de História Regional Vol. II - Passo Fundo, 2011, pp. 1488-1499
- ASSUNÇÃO, Ademir - Arrigo Barnabé retoma atonalismo radical - O Estado de São Paulo, 8 nov. 1996
- CARDOSO, Tom - Arrigo Barnabé diz que está mais interessado em música erudita - O Estado de São Paulo, Caderno 2, 30-6-1998
- CARDOSO, Tom - Irreverência de Arrigo hoje no Sesi - O Estado de São Paulo, Caderno 2, 22-7-1997
- CARELLI, Wagner - O adeus provisório de Arrigo Barnabé - Istoé, São Paulo, (235): jun. 1981, pp. 56-57
- CARVALHO, Ilmar - Arrigo Barnabé: profeta maldito da megalópole - Pasquim, Rio de Janeiro, 16 (798): out. 1984, pp. 8-9
- CASSOLI, Camilo - Somsãopaulo: Cançoes da metrópole - Pontificia Universidade Católica, São Paulo 2001
- CAVAZZOTTI, André - Processos seriais na música de Arrigo Barnabé: As Oito Canções do LP Clara Crocodilo - UFRGS (1993)
- CAVAZZOTTI, André - O serialismo e o atonalismo livre aportam na MPB: as canções do LP Clara Crocodilo de Arrigo Barnabé - Revista de Performance Musical - Volume 1 - Universidade federal de Minais Gerais - Per Musi, Belo Horizonte, 2000
- CAVERSAN, Luiz - Apesar do medo, Arrigo quer apenas "cantar canções" - Folha de São Paulo, caderno Ilustrada, 18 maio 1988, p. A-40
- DALTO, Renato Lemos - Arrigo Barnabé na margem suspeita da paixão - Diário do Sul, Porto Alegre, 27 dez. 1987, p.13.
- DE OLIVEIRA, Fátima Amaral Dias - Trilha sonora. Topografia semiótica paulistana das canções independentes nas décadas de 70 e 80 - Dissertação de Mestrado - UNICAMP -IFCH, 1990
- DIAS, José Américo - Arriba Barnabé - Canja, São Paulo, 1 (4): jun.1980, pp. 8-9
- DIAS, José Américo - Arrigo Barnabé - Canja, São Paulo, 1 (18): pp. 9-11, fev. 1981; 1 (19): pp. 14-19, mar. 1981
- ECHEVERRIA, Regina - Gigante Negão, a falsa ópera de Arrigo - O Estado de São Paulo, 26-9-1990
- ESCOBAR, Pepe - Arre, Arrigo - Pipoca Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, (4): pp. 31-33, fev./mar. 1993
- FIORILLO, Marília Pacheco - Arrigo, o desbravador - Veja, São Paulo (644): pp. 46-47, jan. 1981
- FIORILLO, Marília Pacheco - Sabor sem igual: Arrigo Barnabé - Veja, São Paulo (639): p. 116, dez. 1980
- GARCIA, Walter - "Clara Crocodilo" e "Nego Dito": dois perigosos marginais? - Antíteses, v. 8, nº 15, jan./jun. 2015 p. 10-36
- LOPES, J. - Arrigo Barnabé, passado a limpo - Revista Bravo! Janeiro/2000, ano III, nº 28, pp. 70-72
- MACHADO, Regina - A voz na canção popular brasileira - Ateliê Editorial, São Paulo, 2011
- MARIA, Cleusa - Arrigo Barnabé - Jornal do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, 19-1-1987
- MILLARCH, Aramis - O bom som da Árvore - Almanaque - Estado de Paraná, 1-4-1975
- MOSER, Sandro - "Livro mostra que a vanguarda paulista tem pé-vermelho" - Gazeta do Povo, 1-8-2015
- MOSER, Sandro - "Potencial de público de Itamar e Arrigo não foi alcançado" - Gazeta do Povo, 31-7-2015
- NAZARIO, Luiz - O universo de Clara Crocodilo - Rivista do Instituto de Estudos Brasileiros, São Paulo, n° 59, dez. 2014, pp. 413-417
- NEGREIROS, Eliete - Arrigo Barnabé: labirinto e mirante - Rivista Piaui, 21-9-2012
- PASCOAL, Carol - Ícone dos anos 80, Arrigo Barnabé lança DVD - Veja São Paulo, 11-11-2011
- PETTA, Rosângela - Um som escapa do subterrâneo - Istoé, São Paulo, (386): pp. 40-43, maio 1984
- RANGEL, Renata - A cidade oculta de Arrigo Barnabé - Folha de São Paulo, caderno Ilustrada, 17-8-1986, p. 128
- SATO, Nelson - A nova façanha de Arrigo Barnabé - Folha de Londrina, Caderno 2, Londrina, 2-7-1992
- SATO, Nelson - As façanhas intimistas de Arrigo Barnabé - Folha de Londrina, Caderno 2, 26-7-1992
- SERVA, Leão - Feche os olhos, Joãozinho, ou seremos comidos pelos... Tubarões Voadores - Folha de São Paulo, 17-5-1984
- SOARES, Dirceu - Arrigo, o som novo com sabor de veneno - Folha de São Paulo, 14-11-1980
- SOARES, Dirceu - Paixões de Arrigo - Afinal, São Paulo, (123): pp. 28-30, jan. 1987
- SOUZA, Okky de - Arrigo Barnabé manda bala no rock antigo - Playboy, São Paulo, n° 745, dez. 1982
- SOUZA, Okky de - O filho da Tropicália. Entrevista de Arrigo Barnabé - Veja, São Paulo, ano 6, n° 69, 1981, pp. 36-37, 130-131
- SOUZA, Okky de - A grande dama da voz - Veja, São Paulo (901): dez. 1985, pp. 196-197
- SOUZA, Okky de - Um astro iluminado - Veja, São Paulo, (898): pp. 159-160, 30-11-1985
- SOUZA, Okky de - Uma turma de idéias - Veja, São Paulo (681): pp. 117-120, set. 1981
- SOUZA, Tarik de - Microfones abertos: com a última palavra, Arrigo Barnabé - in "O som nosso de cada dia" Veja, Porto Alegre, L&PM, 1984, pp. 195-199
- SUZUKI JR., Matinas - Outros sons para Eliete e Arrigo - Folha de São Paulo, caderno Ilustrada, 25-4-1982, p. 2.
- WISNIK, José Miguel - Inovação versus redundância na MPB / Arrigo, dodecafônico com balanço - Folha de São Paulo, Suplemento Folhetim, nº 432, 28-4-1985, pp. 3-5
- ??? - Arrigo Barnabé quer sacudir a cultura - Folha da Tarde, São Paulo, 21-3-1989
- ??? - Os outros sons do compositor Arrigo Barnabé. "Clara Crocodilo" - Jornal do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, 17-1-1982
- ??? - Arrigo fala! - Pasquim, Rio de Janeiro, 14 (711): pp. 8-10, fev. 1983
- ??? - Arrigo se apresenta na Alemanha - Folha de São Paulo, 1-3-1985
- ??? - Arrigo: um réptil pensador - Revista Graffiti 76 - Quadrinhos 4, 1998


• videos •

Festival Universitário da MPB (1979):
1. "Infortúnio" e "Diversões Eletrônicas"
2. "Diversões Eletrônicas"

- "Sabor de Veneno" - programa "Fábrica do Som" - TV Cultura (1980)

Último show da turnê do "Clara Crocodilo" com a banda Sabor de Veneno (1981):
1. abertura e "Sabor de Veneno"
2. "Acapulco Drive-in"
3. "Orgasmo Total"

- "Tubarões Voadores" - Luiz Gê: texto, roteiro e desenhos - por Jeffin (1984)

"Tubarões Voadores" no SESC Pompéia, São Paulo - TV Cultura (1985):
- "Kid Supérfluo"
- "Crotalus terrificus"
- "Acapulco Drive In"
- "Neide Manicure Pedicure"

Arrigo Barnabé & Zena Assumpção - São Paulo (April 2006):
- "Missa in Memoriam Itamar Assumpção" - part 1
- "Missa in Memoriam Itamar Assumpção" - part 2

- "Ninguém Chora por Você" (Luiz Tatit) - "Era Iluminada: Vanguardia Paulista" - SESC Pompéia (19-8-2007)

Arrigo Barnabé e Orquestra à Base de Sopro de Curitiba - Ao Vivo no Teatro Guaira (4-6-2009):
1. "A Metamorfose"
2. "Aventuras num Drive-In"
3. "Orgasmo Total"
4. "Sabor de Veneno"
5. "No cemitério"
6. "Num Antro Sojo"
7. "Office-boy"
8. "Clara Crocodilo"

"Caixa de Odio" - TV Cultura (2011):
- "Cadeira Vazia" (Lupicinio Rodrigues)
- "Migalhas" (Lupicinio Rodrigues)
- "Castigo" (Lupicinio Rodrigues)
- "Dona Divergência" (Lupicinio Rodrigues)
- "Namorados" (Lupicinio Rodrigues)
- "Judiaria" (Lupicinio Rodrigues)
- "A rainha do show" (Lupicinio Rodrigues)
- "Caixa de Odio" (Lupicinio Rodrigues)
- "Vigança" (Lupicinio Rodrigues)
- "Quem Hà de dizer" (Lupicinio Rodrigues)
- "Pra São João decidir" (Lupicinio Rodrigues)
- "Cidade Oculta" (Barnabé e Eduardo Gudin e Roberto Riberti)
- "Diversões eletrônicas" (Barnabé)
- "Um anjo passou por aqui" (Barnabé)
- relembra sua amizade com Itamar Assumpção

Arrigo Barnabé - Luiz Tatit - Lívia Nestrovski: De Nada Mais a Algo Além @ SESC Vila Mariana (31-3-2013):
- "Babel"
- "Ano Bom" (Barnabé & Tatit) with Renato Braz
- "Tempo Meu"
- "Desamor"
- "Frente a Frente"
- "Baiar um Baião"
- "Luci Leão"
- "De Cor"
- "Dora Avante"
- "Valsa Do Largo Da Orgem"
- "Impassivél"
- "Doroti"
- "Verde Louro"
- "Dedo de Deus"

O Neurótico e as Histéricas - Cultura Livre - TV Cultura (2013):
1. "Pô, amar é importante"
2. "Não sei o que eu quero da vida"
3. "Sandra"
4. "Cuidado"
- All 4 songs above
5. "Minha melhor amiga"
6. "Luana"
5-6-7. Bônus (2 songs above + "Obeto")

- "O Neurótico e as Histéricas" - Ao vivo no Recbeat (2-3-2014)

Programa Instrumental - Teatro Anchieta do SESC Consolação (1-9-2014):
- "O orgasmo ao alcance de todos" (Arrigo Barnabé)
- "As desventuras de um office-boy / Suite Claras e Crocodilos" (Arrigo Barnabé e Mário Cortez)
- "Boca da noite" (Arrigo Barnabé / Paulo Barnabé e Otavio Fialho)
- "Suíte fórmica vermelha" (Arrigo Barnabé e Regina Porto)
- "Maridinho adorado" (Arrigo Barnabé)
- Programa Instrumental (completo)

- Programa Passagem de Som Presentation "Claras e Crocodilos" - SESC TV - São Paulo (5-7-2015)

- Show "Claras e Crocodilos" with interview to Arrigo - Unimúsica Festival - Salão de Atos da Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (September 2015)

Claras e Crocodilos - Cultura Livre - TV Cultura (20-7-2016):
- Complete program
- Bônus

- Videoclip "Crocodile's Suite" written and directed by Sylvain Barré (3-11-2017)

- Show "Arrigo Barnabé 70 - Festival de Verão de Campos do Jordão 2022 (5-2-2022)

 

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