Above Ground: Flor De Toloache
As presented in the New Yorks Times, The New Yorker, on NPR, MTV Iggy, NBC, and Univision, Mariachi Flor de Toloache makes New York City history as its’ first and only all-female mariachi band. Originally founded in 2008 by lead singer and violinist Mireya I. Ramos as a trio, the band has grown to 10 members. The members’ different cultural backgrounds span the globe and flavors their unique sound and appearance: from Mexico to Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Colombia, Germany, Singapore and the United States. The end 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 like the legendary Toloache flower still being used in Mexico as a love potion. Their intoxicating performances have illuminated world renowned stages abroad in India, Spain, and Bahrain and at home at venues such as the Blue Note, Prospect Park Band Shell, and The Kennedy Center. While they work to preserve the centuries old tradition of Mariachi, inevitably their special tincture of the traditional with the modern pushes the boundaries of the genre and brings Mariachi music to places it has never been.