The core members of Cascada de Flores have been re-imagining Mexican tradition for years. After falling for Mexican music as a young woman, Arwen Lawrence 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, performing in venues such as the Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara and Lincoln Center of New York. Jorge Liceaga grew up in Mexico City, was self-taught on guitar and later was mentored by local legend Leonardo ‘El León’ Salas who taught Jorge to ‘guasanguearla’ (play with that special Yucatecan swing). The pair founded Cascada de Flores in San Francisco, CA in 1999, creating music that swims in a magical place somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean sea where rancheras, boleros, sones and guarachas from México, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Colombia meet.
Cascada de Flores has recorded four albums, collaborated in numerous projects, including theater and cinema, toured the United States, and has been featured on NPR Global Village. Opening minds and hearts to the real stories of Mexico and Latin America has become this group’s unofficial mission.