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Mariachi Flor de Toloache



Biography

Mariachi Flor de Toloache is the first and only established all female mariachi band founded in New York city in 2008 by Mireya I. Ramos. Originally a trio, the band has grown to 9 members with all the essential and traditional instruments, violins, trumpets, guitarron (bass), vihuela (5 string guitar) and guitar. In addition, each members' cultural background adds even more diversity to their already unique sound and appearance as an all women band spanning the globe from Puerto Rico, to Mexico, Singapore, Germany, Cuba, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, and the United States.

Their goal of representing Mexican music and adding their own edgy and versatile sound comes together incredibly naturally and seamlessly. Although as individuals their talent has allowed them to grace stages world-wide from stadiums to acclaimed theater venues, they perform together like a band of sisters, with grace and vibrant beauty casting a spell over their audiences like the legendary and magical Toloache flower that is still being used in Mexico as a love potion.

Mariachi Flor de Toloache has performed at the legendary Blue Note, Rockwood Music Hall (monthly residency). They have been featured on Univision, NBC, and reviewed by the New York Times, El Diario, Daily News, appeared in L.A. Times, New York Magazine and have performed special events for the Mexican Consulate, Queens Museum, El Museo del Barrio, high profile private events, the annual St Cecilia mariachi festival, annual Guadalupe festivities in dozens of churches, and toured for 5 weeks in Spain summer '11. They continue to perform all over intending to preserve the richness of Mexican culture and evolve the Mariachi tradition.

Watch Past Performances

Video 3/5/2018: DIRECT CURRENT: Flor de Toloache

Latin Grammy® winning all female ensemble and beloved press darlings, Flor de Toloache continue to win the hearts of music fans both mainstream and traditional mariachi music fans alike through their distinct artistic vision and sophisticated enlightened interpretation of traditional mariachi instruments. The female quartet’s diverse ethnicities and musical backgrounds have also transcended are transcending culture and gender by forging new paths for mariachi music.  With the synergy of the aforementioned, married with soaring vocals and physical elegance, like the legendary Toloache flower used in Mexico today as a love potion, the ladies of Flor de Toloache cast a spell over their audiences with soaring vocals and physical elegance. Like the legendary Toloache flower still being used in Mexico today, as a love potion.   The New York City based all female quartet, is led by co-band directors Mireya I. Ramos, on violin and Shae Fiol on vihuela. They have graced international stages from India, Asia to Europe and have extensively toured the U.S., as supporting act of Dan Auerbach of “The Black Keys” new project, side project, “The Arcs", Cafe Tacvba, La Santa Cecilia, and Natalia Lafouracade.

Presented as part of the Kennedy Center's DIRECT CURRENT inaugural season. For more information on the season, please click HERE.

Video 12/29/2013: Mariachi Flor de Toloache

This all-female mariachi band plays Mexican music and adds its own edgy sound.

Mariachi Flor de Toloache