May performances for Cascada de Flores include the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley and the De Young Museum in SF. Here they are in a private home house concert, Wednesday May 21st in Mountain View.
Reservations required. $20 donation.
For reservations & directions, email: <Concerts (at) InstantHarmony (dot) com>
Cascada de Flores presents “Radio Flor”
"One song and you feel as if you're in a smoke-ﬁlled café in France,the next one carries you to a small village in the Mexican countryside. They do sophisticated improvisations with a jazzy charge that makes your whole body vibrate, then turn around and perform a canción about love that brings you close to tears.” - Joanne Hoover, Washington Post
This combination of artists from vastly different backgrounds has entertained while educating people of all ages and languages: from concert halls like the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM to community arts centers such as La Pena and the Freight and Salvage of Berkeley; from a 7:00 am concert/sing-along for day laborers at the Graton Labor Center to getting elderly latinos up to dance at the 30th Street Senior Center in San Francisco - the music they play resonates deeper than where differences lie. Cascada de Flores is a musical ensemble dedicated to the exploration, preservation and dissemination of Mexican and Caribbean traditional music and dance. Arwen Lawrence and Jorge Liceaga are the creative force behind Cascada de Flores, celebrated for their heartfelt and authentic approach to old classics from Mexico and the Caribbean, weaving in traditional poetic dance music from the countryside. Teaming with some of the Bay Area's most versatile Latin jazz & salsa musicians, they have formed the Cascada de Flores quintet to expand the textures and styles of their music.
This concert celebrates the release of their new album "Radio Flor", a
musical love letter to the early days of Latin American radio, when songs
were king and a melody grabbed your heart for a lifetime. Whether broadcast from station XEW in Mexico City 1929, or RCH of Habana, Cuba 1945, the sultry songs of Radio Flor tell the story of a bygone era. Musical vignettes feature heart-wrenching bolero, raucous Cuban guaracha, or earthy Mexican son, set in an old-time radio show format somewhere between 1929-1959.
Besides a call to nostalgia, Radio Flor is also a proposal for the present day: to ponder the simple lo-tech orchestration, find the beauty of its spaciousness, and of its frank emotions. Arwen and Jorge invite you to “Sit, listen, dance, cry, laugh. Radio Flor is a little bit from the past, a bit from the present, and little more from our imagination.”