By the year '68, Gustavo Santaolalla tried unsuccessfully to get a contract for his band, "The Crows", until he found Ricardo Kleiman, who advises him to start singing in spanish. Thus, renaming through, Arco Iirs (The Rainbow) enters a study. Their first album was simply see it in your eyes and Song for a woman, published May 6, 1969.
In January 1970 Beat Festival won the International Song of Mar del Plata with Dana Blues theme, which became a success. A few months later edited a collection of his singles titled Dana Blues, and in May of the same year they released their first official album, Rainbow.
Arco Iris was already much more than a rock band. With the spiritual guidance of the Ukrainian model Danais Winnycka (Dana), formed a community in El Palomar, in the west of Buenos Aires, which was governed by strict rules naturists: was banned the consumption of meat, alcohol, drugs and also sex.
The group was characterized both by its hippie mysticism, under the guidance of Dana as a musicality characterized by complexity and fusion with folk rhythms, from the hand of talent as a composer Gustavo Santaolalla and Egyptian Ara Tokatlián, providing sound flute or saxophone, unusual in Argentine rock then.
"Country Morning" (1972) is this success that started the trend that folk would be marked with the LP "Resurrection Time" (1972) and, especially, with the opera "South America, or return to the Dawn" (1973 ). This persists in native style "Inti Raymi" (1973), but is completely abandons "Agitor Lucens V" (1974), a conceptual piece symphonic cutting achieved great success
In 1975, ridden lifestyle, Santaolalla left the band. Without his vocals, summon Ignacio Elisavetsky (guitar) and Mario Cortez (keyboards). Edited "Elementals" (1977) and then migrate to the United States, where they play as companions to Herbie Hancock, Lalo Schifrin and Chester Thompson, among others.
Dana and Tokatlián created another community near Los Angeles. Accompanied by other musicians and a fusion of Latin rock and jazz, recorded two albums: "Condor" (1980) and "The Blue Pheasant" (1981). The latter was published in Argentina in 1986 and was presented live at the Paladium nightclub. Ara and Dana continued his career with three albums released in North America: "Peace Pipes", "In Memoriam" and "Peace Will Save the Rainbow".
"Live Today" is the record of the band during a tour of Argentina. Includes footage taken in Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Mar del Plata, Necochea, Balcarce, Mercedes and Luján. In this work, comprised Rainbow Dana (percussion and vocals), Ara (keyboards, sax), Roberto Amerisa (bass), Carlos Campos (guitar) and Julio Figueroa (drums). Dana died in Tijuana, Mexico, in September 2003 and thus ended the career rainbow