Laura Fuentes y Calicanto

Laura Fuentes y Calicanto


The Fire and Brilliance of Latin American Roots Music from Chile, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico and Venezuela


Calicanto is a bridge of warmth and song between musicians from Latin America, and audiences from all over the world. Founded by Laura Fuentes in 1996, the Calicanto project gets its name from the historic landmark that once united the shores of the Mapocho River in Santiago, Chile. The core duo of Laura Fuentes and Pedro Villagra join togeteher to light a new fire, celebrating the rich diversity of Latin American music from Chile, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.

Laura Fuentes
- Lead singer, guitar, cuatro and percussion
Laura Fuentes has showcased at NACA and Folk Alliance Conferences. She has collaborated on stage and in the studio with Chile’s legendary, Inti-Illimani, Santiago del Nuevo Extremo and members of Los Folkoristas. Laura was born to North American parents in Santiago, Chile, until 1973, when a military coup led to the execution and imprisonment of people who were working for human dignity and equality. Laura continued to explore her musical and cultural birthright in Madison, Wisconsin. She received her music degree in vocal performance at the University of Wisconsin. As lead singer of Sotavento, Laura performed internationally and recorded four CD's before releasing her first solo album, Sobrevida in 1998, Delicadeza in 2000 and Donde Vivo in 2004 from which three singles and two videos have been released. She now resides in Santiago Chile.

Pedro Villagra
- Quena, quenacho, sikus, flute, charango, voice and saxophones
From Contulmo, Chile, Pedro's childhood was marked by the intimate and frequent presence of Victor Jara in his life. During the military regime in Chile, Pedro formed Santiago del Nuevo Extremo, one of the most important and popular creative bands in Chile during the 1980's. In 1995 Pedro joined Inti Illimani, touring and recording 3 CD’s with the world famous ensemble before releasing three CDs of his own with his “Pedroband.” His work has earned him a place on Rolling Stone’s best albums of 2000 and a nomination for Chile’s Premio Altazor in 2005.


Sobrevida, Delicadeza and Donde Vivo

Set List

Varies with tour and presenmter's requests for empahsis on a country.