Latin Grammy nominees Mariachi Flor de Toloache are New York City's first and only all-women mariachi group. Founded in 2008, Mariachi Flor de Toloache is led by singers Mireya I. Ramos (founder) and Shae Fiol (founding member). Reminiscent of the early days of mariachi, the group started as a trio playing harp, violin and vihuela, a type of early Spanish stringed musical instrument. Today, Mariachi Flor De Toloache performs as a full mariachi ensemble.
The members hail from diverse cultural backgrounds such as Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Australia, Colombia, Germany, Italy and the United States. This defines their unique flavor and sound. The result of this cultural bouquet is an edgy, versatile and fresh take on traditional Mexican music. They coalesce as would a band of sisters, with a grace and vibrant beauty that casts a spell over their audiences, not unlike the legendary Toloache flower still being used in Mexico as a love potion. While working to preserve centuries-old traditions of mariachi, their mélange of the traditional and the modern pushes the boundaries of the genre and brings mariachi music to new audiences.
Over the course of the last few years, Mariachi Flor de Toloache's performances have illuminated world-renowned stages in Europe and India. In November 2015, the group embarked on an extensive European and U.S. tour as the opening act of Black Keys' singer Dan Auerbach's new band, The Arcs. After performances to sold-out audiences in the UK, Germany, Holland, Italy and France, they continued to captivate crowds in the U.S. at legendary venues such as First Avenue in Minneapolis, The Vic in Chicago, Terminal 5 in New York, DC 930 Club and Nashville's Ryman Theater (The Grand Ole Opry). A spring 2016 west coast tour performing as part of / and opening for The Arcs included dates such as the Coachella Festival.
Mariachi Flor De Toloache's critically acclaimed self-titled debut album received a Latin Grammy nomination for "Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album" in 2015. Sharing the podium with legends Pedro Fernández and Aida Cuevas was an embrace from the Latin music community. The group's live performances were praised by Rolling Stone, Billboard Magazine, The New Yorker, GQ Magazine and The New York Times. Following a highly praised NPR "Tiny Desk Concert," their collaboration with rock supergroup The Arcs landed them on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and BBC 2's Later with Jools Holland.
Run by New York City salsa powerhouse Los Hacheros' leader, Jacob Plasse, Chulo Records is the home of the band's new record Las Caras Lindas. It was also the connecting bridge between Mariachi Flor De Toloache and The Arcs, with whom Flor De Toloache recorded Yours, Dreamily, released in the fall of 2015. Also recently released were collaborations and featured appearances of Flor De Toloache on Chicano Batman's new album Freedom is Free; No Te Va Gustar's new album Suenan Las Alarmas; and Luba Mason's new record Mixtura produced by Jimmy Haslip and Luba Mason. More releases included three collaborations with Fania Records recorded and filmed live for the legendary label.
The group is currently ready to go on tour in support of their new record Las Caras Lindas released by Daptone and distributed by New York City-based Chulo Records. The tour will include dates with the iconic Mexican superstars Café Tacvba, as well as a Day of the Dead run with Latin Grammy winners La Santa Cecilia and Mexrissey.
Saturday, October 27
Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
$35 General Public | $30 Members and J-Pass Holders | $25 Students (with ID)
Contact: Ilanit Gal | (650) 223-8649 | [email protected]