Cascada de Flores is excited to return to Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, in it’s largest format ever!
A Septeto with Jorge Liceaga (guitars & brujería), Saúl Sierra-Alonso (basses), Marco Diaz (piano, trumpet), Kyla Danysh (violin), percussion greats Carlos Caro & Brian Rice and yours truly (voice & mas).
It’s a verdant body of rancheras, boleros, sones and guarachas that embody Mexico’s embrace of sounds from Cuba, Puerto Rico and Colombia.
Vocalist Arwen Lawrence and guitarist Jorge Liceaga founded Cascada de Flores in San Francisco in 1999, and spent their early years gathering songs around Mexico.
- Arwen fell in love with Mexican music as a young woman and toured with Grammy-winning L.A. mariachi heavyweights Los Camperos de Nati Cano, an apprenticeship that honed her skills and deepened her love for Mexico’s musical language.
- Jorge grew up in Mexico City mentored by local legend Leonardo “El León” Salas and the flamencos of Gitanerías, absorbing the passionate energy that defines his sensitive and emotionally charged accompaniment.
In their fifth album ¡Live! (ita music 2016), Cascada de Flores reimagines tradition through individual expression and musical communication.
With the essence, perhaps, of the jazz musicians that they so admire, the Sextet swims the waters (some uncharted) that lap the shores of Mexico, the Spanish Caribbean and even the north with its big bands and ballads. With simple arrangements that allow space for improvisation and pure expression the musicians expertly pulls the listener into the boleros, malagueñas, afros and danzones; the music becomes personal and communal.
Part of YBG Festival’s Thursday Lunchtime series. For our full summer schedule, visit www.ybgfestival.org.