Conversations with Ilan Stavans: Gustavo Santaolalla
Argentine native Gustavo Santaolalla was a diehard folk musician until he heard the sounds of rock n' roll. Since then Santaolalla's music career has run on dual paths that often intersect.
As a producer of rock en español, Santaolalla pushed his groups to incorporate native music into their presentations. It is a formula that works for Mexican bands, Cafe Tacuba, Molotov, and Maldita Vecindad, regarded as some of the most innovative and successful acts in the business.
But there's more to Santaolalla than rock n' roll. The accomplished musician's 1998 album, Ronroco has been widely praised, as was his score for the hit films 21 Grams, Amores Perros and The Motorcycle Diaries.
Since appearing on WGBH's La Plaza, Santaolalla won an Academy Award in 2005 for Original Music Score for Brokeback Mountain.