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Cascada de Flores

Performances in
World Arts West Programs
Son Jarocho
Los Viejitos, Los Sembradores
Disciplines
Sones Antiguos
Veracruz Dance and Music
Instruments Used
Cajón
Guitar
Jarana
Maracas
Violin
Cascada de Flores ("waterfall of flowers") is a professional folkloric ensemble dedicated to the exploration, preservation and dissemination of Mexican and Cuban regional music and dance.

Initially created for People Like Me 2000, Cascada de Flores features the vocal duet of Arwen Lawrence de Castellanos and Sabra Weber and guitarists Jorge Liceaga and Jorge Mijangos. Together they celebrate the diversity of Mexican and Cuban rhythms and in the exciting sound of the early 1900s when the two countries' musical companionship first exploded onto the radio waves.

Cascada has explored diverse rhythms and traditions within Mexico such as canción ranchera, son huasteco, gusto, trova and bolero. Song styles include traditional trova, son cubano, and bolero. In 2003, the group visited the Gulf of Mexico to study son jarocho, the traditional music, dance and poetry of Veracruz' countryside. In 2004, with the assistance of a grant from Arts International, they returned to Veracruz, and subsequently traveled to Cuba, to continue their musical journey with masters of trova in Santiago de Cuba.

Cascada de Flores also serves the community by presenting a bilingual music and dance program in schools, libraries and theaters. They have performed in over 70 California schools, reaching over 17,000 students with their educational program.

 



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