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Margarita Laso is a versatile and talented Ecuadorian
singer, writer and poet who was born in Quito in 1963.
She comes from a deeply musical family that used song
as a fundamental instrument of their work, celebration
and alliances. Margarita Laso began her musical education
listening to her father sing tangos, boleros and Ecuadorian
songs. With her brothers, she sang children's songs which
were dutifully recorded by her doting family.
Ms Laso began her formal musical education at age eight
studying piano and guitar. Later, she dedicated herself
to the study of singing under the direction of the master
Blanca Hauser. During her adolescence, Margarita was a
member of various choirs, an activity she found entirely
engrossing. At the same time, she began a solo career
singing popular music.
In the second half of the 80's, Margarita Laso became
one of the voices in a movement aiming to rejuvenate Ecuadorian
traditional song. As the the 80's drew to a close, Margarita
presented her first work as a professional soloist: a
recital of "Crystal Bell" at the Humboldt Association
Since then, Margarita's recitals and presentations have
been many and varied. Her repertoire is full of diversity
and includes songs from young Ecuadorian composers, boleros,
opera, Latin American music of varied genres, love songs
and traditional Ecuadorian music.
Margarita Laso, in 15 years of work, has produced 9
long playing albums: Luna desnuda, Villancicos y canciones
de cuna, Apostemos que me caso, Gallito verde, Villancicos
latinoamericanos, Cómo me gustas, Vivir en este
Carpuela, Canciones ecuatorianas and her latest Más
bueno que el pan.
Contained in the last album are both classical national
songs and collaborations with young Ecuadorian composers.
Margarita's voice is accompanied by guitars, requintos,
Andean instruments, symphonic instruments and percussion.
Margarita Laso is appreciated for her wide range of styles.
In any song, the sweetness and finesse of her voice always
comes through. We leave you with, "El Maicito,"
an Ecuadorian albazo full of passion!