Thiago Castanho

Thiago Raphael Castanho (born February 8, 1975) is a Brazilian guitarist, record producer, painter and sculptor, best known for being a founding member of alternative rock bands Charlie Brown Jr., Aliados, A Banca and O Legado, and for his subsequent work with Ira! and Capital Inicial.

Thiago Castanho
Castanho performing with Charlie Brown Jr. in Guarulhos, 2008
Castanho performing with Charlie Brown Jr. in Guarulhos, 2008
Background information
Birth nameThiago Raphael Castanho
Born (1975-02-08) February 8, 1975 (age 46)
Santos, São Paulo, Brazil
GenresAlternative rock, pop rock, rap rock, reggae rock
Occupation(s)Guitarist, record producer, painter, sculptor
InstrumentsElectric guitar
Years active1988–present
Associated actsCharlie Brown Jr., Ira!, A Banca, Capital Inicial, Aliados, O Legado


From left to right: Castanho, Chorão and Heitor Gomes at a Charlie Brown Jr. show in 2011

Thiago Raphael Castanho was born in Santos, São Paulo on February 8, 1975, and would learn how to play the guitar with 13 years old, encouraged by a sister. Around 1988 he began performing in his first musical groups, meeting his future Charlie Brown Jr. bandmate André Pinguim through one of them.[1] In 1992 he was invited by Chorão to join his project What's Up, which would later evolve to become Charlie Brown Jr.; Castanho took part on the recording of the band's first three albums, with the final one, Nadando com os Tubarões (2000), awarding them their first nomination to a Latin Grammy Award for Best Portuguese Language Rock or Alternative Album. However, Castanho was growing tired of Charlie Brown Jr.'s extensive touring schedule, and left them one year after the album's release.

Following his departure from Charlie Brown Jr., Castanho formed the band Aliados 13 (later renamed to simply Aliados), with whom he recorded two albums: the self-titled Aliados 13 (2002) A Dose Certa (2004);[2] he also founded his own recording studio, Digital Grooves, in Santos, and was invited to take part in band Ira!'s Acústico MTV live album as a guest musician.[3] Following a major re-shuffle on Charlie Brown Jr.'s line-up in 2005, Castanho accepted an invitation to return to the band; during his second tenure with them, he co-produced the album Ritmo, Ritual e Responsa alongside Chorão, and cameod as himself in the 2007 film O Magnata [pt], written and co-produced by Chorão. He remained with the band until 2013, when it ended following Chorão's death due to a cocaine overdose.[4]

Soon afterwards, he and remaining Charlie Brown Jr. members Champignon, Marcão and Bruno Graveto teamed up with Lena Papini to form A Banca, described as a "tribute act/spiritual successor" to Charlie Brown Jr.;[5][6] they released a single, "O Novo Passo", in August, before splitting up as well due to the suicide of Champignon one month later.[7][8]

In 2014 he teamed up with former NX Zero vocalist Yuri Nishida to form O Legado;[9][10] they split up one year later due to Nishida's other commitments. Around the same time Castanho was invited by Capital Inicial's vocalist Dinho Ouro Preto to be a guest musician on their Acústico NYC DVD, recorded at a performance in New York City.[11]

In late 2019 he was a guest musician on the song "Nosso Lugar", by funk singer MC Kevin.

Outside of his musical career, Castanho is also a painter and a sculptor; in 2013 he organized his first exhibition of sculptures in acrylic in São Paulo.[12]


On July 21, 2013, while travelling to Manaus for a performance with A Banca, an elderly woman accused Castanho of sexual harassment inside the airplane. After a discussion, the musician headed to the Federal Police to give his statement; his bandmates later confirmed that he wasn't arrested.[13]

In 2019 he was a vehement critic of Charlie Brown Jr.'s return with guest vocalists, stating that "the band can't exist without Chorão".[14] However, when the band reunited once again in 2021 for a tour celebrating Chorão's 50h birthday, Castanho agreed to return as guitarist.[15][16]


Charlie Brown Jr.
  • 2002 – Aliados 13
  • 2004 – A Dose Certa
A Banca
O Legado
  • 2014 – "Mais um Dia sem Você"

As guest musicianEdit

  • 2004 – Acústico MTV
Capital Inicial
  • 2015 – Acústico NYC


  1. ^ Elio Sant'Anna (June 1, 2015). "Entrevista com André Pinguim (Charlie Brown Jr. / Bula Rock)". Os Garotos de Liverpool (in Portuguese). Retrieved March 21, 2020.
  2. ^ Fernanda Cristina Bastos (November 30, 2012). "Aliados: biografia da banda santista". (in Portuguese). Retrieved March 25, 2020.
  3. ^ "Bandas de Santos: Charlie Brown Jr". O Melhor de Santos (in Portuguese). November 25, 2010. Retrieved March 25, 2020.
  4. ^ "Chorão, do Charlie Brown Jr., é encontrado morto em São Paulo". Terra Networks (in Portuguese). March 6, 2013. Retrieved September 29, 2019.
  5. ^ "Integrantes do Charlie Brown Jr. anunciam banda sem Chorão". G1 (in Portuguese). April 11, 2013. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  6. ^ "Charlie Brown Jr.: membros anunciam nova banda, A Banca". Whiplash (in Portuguese). April 11, 2013. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  7. ^ "Champignon, do Charlie Brown Jr., morre em São Paulo". Veja (in Portuguese). September 9, 2013. Retrieved September 29, 2019.
  8. ^ "A Banca divulga comunicado sobre a morte de Champignon". G1 (in Portuguese). September 9, 2013. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  9. ^ Amanda Ramalho (November 10, 2014). "Ex-Charlie Brown Jr. e NX Zero lançam nova banda: O Legado". Kboing (in Portuguese). Retrieved March 25, 2020.
  10. ^ "Com ex-Charlie Brown, a banda O Legado é a convidada do Pânico nesta quinta-feira". Jovem Pan (in Portuguese). November 13, 2014. Retrieved March 25, 2020.
  11. ^ "Com parcerias inusitadas, Capital Inicial grava novo disco em Nova York". Bonde (in Portuguese). November 20, 2015. Retrieved March 25, 2020.
  12. ^ Bruna Ribeiro (May 24, 2013). "Guitarrista do Charlie Brown Jr. expõe esculturas em São Paulo pela primeira vez". Veja (in Portuguese). Retrieved March 25, 2020.
  13. ^ "Idosa acusa ex-guitarrista do Charlie Brown Jr. de assédio sexual em voo". Olhar Direto (in Portuguese). July 21, 2013. Retrieved March 25, 2020.
  14. ^ "Guitarrista critica volta do Charlie Brown Jr.: 'Não existe sem Chorão'". Metro (in Portuguese). January 21, 2019. Retrieved March 25, 2020.
  15. ^ "Alexandre Abrão anuncia turnê do Charlie Brown Jr. para celebrar 50 anos de Chorão". Marie Claire (in Portuguese). February 1, 2021. Retrieved February 4, 2021.
  16. ^ "Thiago Castanho retorna ao Charlie Brown Jr. para turnê de celebração de 50 anos de Chorão". 89 FM – A Rádio Rock (in Portuguese). February 2, 2021. Retrieved February 4, 2021.