Luis Alberto Sampedro

Luis Alberto Sampedro: Biography

Riobambeño composer and musician, creator of typical Ecuadorian melodies using as a distinctive instrument Hawaiian guitar.
"Riobambeñita", "Bread of Pinllo", "My old poncho", "Guambra mine", "woes of love" and "Plato mud", "Laws of Love", "Geraniums" among others, are your intellect.
He also played his guitar and metal thimbles, compositions of other domestic and foreign authors.
His musical talent is a valuable contribution to Ecuador's musical culture.

Don Luis Alberto Sampedro, (Luis Alberto Joaquín Sampedro). Riobambeño composer and musician, born in 1915 in San Andrés, a small town 10 minutes from Riobamba. His humble origins did not prevent him from an early age showed a rare ability to create and compose music whose notes did not go to the public for lack of funds. She married on March 9, 1940 with a youth of his hometown, Sampedro Dona Rosa Elena Carrillo, with whom he had five daughters and 2 males.

He knew how to learn the craft of typography, which allowed him to support his wife have their own printing. For those years, attending the theater with his wife Lion Riobamba the premiere of a movie "Aloma" in which he admired electric guitars Hawaii, very new at the time, what struck Don Luis Sampedro, which motivated him designing and manufacturing its own Hawaiian guitar with transistor radios (which were a large glass tubes) that helped him along with his thimbles and metal polish (that sent manufacture) get a great sound and so took the first step to come out with their compositions. Your friends and relatives will described as "LOCO" when He said the ide I had. Later, those who put that qualifier, withdrew to feel their creations.

His musical creations vibrated the Ecuadorian feeling of that time, but not always his songs kept their name as author for Don Luis Sampedro used to sell their musical creations such as "Bread Pinllo" sold for 0.50 sucre Mr. Rogelio Ramos, a native tailor Pinllo, who with Mr. Juan Salinas formed the trio disappeared "Atahualpa".

His first wife, Dona Rosa C. Sampedro, who still lives, realize that when you were dating one afternoon was knitting in a house in the neighborhood San Alfonso where leased in Riobamba, the sun entered the window without noticing Don Luis will I had been looking at the time and writing a poem, which days later I put music resulting in a beautiful typical song of Riobamba now we've all heard the famous "Riobambeñita". Don Luis had promised his new wife to this song, by the memory of his love, never sell your authorship and divorced but, years later Don Luis Sampedro contracted a second marriage.
But it is curious that today the authorship of "Riobambeñita" is the grant to riobambeño illustrious Don Guillermo Vasquez.

The creations of Don Luis A. Sampedro are many and still heard in our country like Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Guatemala, are varied and are interpreted by valuable Ecuadorian artists such as: "The Lorenzo Indian", "Guambra mine "" This is my old poncho ", etc ..
Some years before his death, the teacher Sampedro was dedicated to creating music of popular joy that still sounds like "Flower Romero", "Olga Maria", "Runa Shungo", "My plate of clay" "sorrows of love "" Heartbeat "," Runaurcho "," Apamuy Shungo "," Remembering my house "," Sad and Lonely "," Soy pilgrim "," Ashcu cousin, "among others.

Don Luis Sampedro lived in Quito many years working in his printing on Calle Rocafuerte and Venezuela, and as a passionate musician played with his Hawaiian guitar songs Ecuadorian other famous composers as "cuencana Chola", "Alma Lojana", "Bitterness" "Manabi", "My Bun", the latter Luis Sampedro collaborated to add the music that delights us today.
She also played classical music greats as Paganini and Schubert.
With his Hawaiian guitar, and their metal thimbles, he gave the Ecuadorian songs a very special acoustic condiment that is a delight to hear the notes that even with the current guitars do not match the sound of Father suigeneris Guitar Ecuador.
He played in the "Lion" theater "Roxy Riobamba" in Quito; Radio was preferred for Democracy, Zaracay and De La Voz de los Andes HCJV artist. 

His last years lived in Santo Domingo de los Colorados. They say that years before he died he told one of his sons: "Although I have been an artist in your life you never saw me drunk and this is the example that I leave."
He died alone in Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas victim of an invasive metastatic prostate cancer on May 26, 1994.
Your Hawaiian guitar rests in the House of Ecuadorian Culture.

By: Luis Sampedro Albert (son)