Having written more than 200 songs by Wagner Tiso, Francis Hime, Astor Piazzola (ten songs, among them "As Ilhas" and "Muralha da China"), and Egberto Gismonti (having also produced several of his LPs), Geraldo Carneiro has had his productions recorded by Michel Legrand, Tom Jobim, Ney Matogrosso, Olivia Byington, Vinicius de Moraes, A Barca do Sol, and Airto Moreira. Several versions of his songs in other idioms have been released abroad and he is also an awarded writer of books, chronicles and poems, plays, an opera (Manu Çaruê, music by Wagner Tiso), film scripts, and a TV series. Having moved to Rio de Janeiro at age three, Carneiro studied the piano in his childhood. His first song to be recorded, by Jorginho Telles, was "Tristeza, Tristeza" (with Eduardo Souto Neto). Having met Egberto Gismonti in 1968, the two wrote "Água e Vinho" in 1971, the title-track of Gismonti's LP of the next year. The album had other songs by the duo, including "A Traição das Esmeraldas" and "Ano Zero." In 1972, the LP Egberto Gismonti (produced by Carneiro) brought "Luzes da Ribalta" and "Encontro no Bar" (Gismonti/Carneiro). In 1974, he became the composer for A Barca do Sol, and produced Gismonti's LP Academia de Danças. Having developed intense artistic activity as a writer of books, plays, essays, and articles, in 2000 Carneiro was invited (together with Paulo César Pinheiro) to write lyrics for Francis Hime's "Sinfonia Para o Rio de Janeiro."
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