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The music Must Play on
in Our hearts, in our homes, and... on live stream!

Thank you for visiting us in these trying times. We are grateful to have you as a listener, audience member, fellow musician, dancer, student, friend, and we hope that you are safe and healthy.

During Shelter-in-place, Cascada de Flores offers on-line Music Classes, House Concerts and Zoom serenades. Please contact us for more information! If you are able,  in order o help us make up for lost income due to cancelled performances, please consider giving a tax-deductible donation via GoFundMe.

Playful On-line Music Classes in Spanish for Children & Families

Live on-line classes  July and in August Adult Classes added!
3 Music (& one Cooking) Classes for Children & Adults
Using Zoom. More information here:

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Our albums are also available to listen to and purchase on Amazon & iTunes!

Upcoming Events

children / niños

August 2, 2020


4:00 pm


Music (y mas) Camp in August, open to all! All Ages!

Online for all (hosted by Cazadero Performing Arts Family Camp)

4 Classes with Cascada de Flores open to all this August! Once a year Arwen & Jorge join talented instructors from all over the bay area in all kinds of performing arts to teach classes for a week under the Redwood trees in Cazadero, California. This year, classes and events will be open to all, spread out throughout August and On-line. (we'll have to imagine the redwoods) You can find out about about the group events and the large variety of classes offered by Cazadero as a whole at the Cazadero Family Camp Website, as well as snapshot of the schedule here: Schedule.

Arwen & Jorge of Cascada de Flores will offer:

Salsa Cooking (for adults - and their family)

Learn the best ever Roasted Tomatillo Salsa Recipe “Por eso te quiero… por sabrosa” (with one delicious variation) via Zoom with Jorge Liceaga (and his favorite shelter-in-place assistant) for the whole family. More or less a 30-minute recipe with time for individual attention. This might be monthly if it goes well!

Instructor: Jorge Liceaga

Day of the Week: Sunday, August 2, 2020

Time: 4:00pm-5pm  PDT (60 minutes)

How:                   Via ZOOM

Tuition: $30-50 Sliding Scale.

To register: email, and pay via venmo (@cascadadeflores), paypal (  

We will send you the ingredients and zoom link!

Latin Songbook (for adults - and excited teenagers)

With our ears, simple charts, lyrics, and zoom break-out rooms, we will sing and accompany delicious songs from the Latin American songbook, some known, some more obscure.  Bring your voice, and if you wish, an instrument,  whether Latin or not (guitars, ukes, percussion, spoons, violins, mandolins, bass, whatever you wish!). The focus will be on combining singing with underlying rhythms unique to Latin America.  We will also offer a breakout session on varying guitar techniques for these songs (or other instruments, depending on who comes with what!).

Instructor: Arwen Lawrence and Jorge Liceaga (

Day of the Week: Thursdays in August (Four-Week Session)

Time: 6:30 - 7:30 pm (60 minutes)

How:                   Via ZOOM

Tuition: $120 for 4-week class.

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De La Cuna a la Luna (ages 0-6)

(This is our regular "Escuincles Class") Arwen and Jorge lead children on a journey through the imagination using singing games and rhymes in Spanish , and fun musical instruments.

Day of the Week: Tuesdays and Thursdays in August, 4-week Session

Time: 10:00 - 10:30 am PDT (30 minutes)

How:                   Via ZOOM

Tuition: $80-120 for 4-week class. Sliding Scale

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Mexican Song and Dance for Families (ages 6-106)

(This is our regular Chamacos-Cara-de-Tacos Class) Adults and children together will learn traditional Mexican songs using percussive dance, sung poetry, and rhythm instruments (whatever music makers you have at home!). We will warm up with singing games, and learn songs from different areas of Mexico which explode with rhyme, polyrhythm and fun characters.

Day of the Week: Tuesdays and Thursdays in August, 4-week Session

Time:      10:30 - 11:00 am  (30 minutes)

How:                   Via ZOOM

Tuition: $80-120 for 45-week class. Sliding Scale

Register Here

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Our MUSIC Ensembles

Cascada de Flores gives concerts as a duet to a sextet, bringing nostalgic song and traditions of Mexico and its neighbors into simple arrangements that allow space for both improvisation and pure expression.

The ensemble also offers special programs such as Radio Flor, a creative concert set in an old-time radio format as well as storytelling with song and dance for children of all ages.

"Honoring and advancing tradition, building multicultural bridges, and celebrating life, the performance was a demonstration of the best of what can be done with music."

No Depression, 2016

"Featuring Arwen's ravishing voice and guitarist Jorge Liceaga's supple accompaniment, Cascada de Flores brings intoxicating energy to the Latin American songbook. Playful, witty and artfully staged, the show is as charming as the music is breathtaking."

Andrew Gilbert, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News

"Cascada de Flores is a delicious discovery of retro acoustic music with Mexican and Caribbean roots. Radio Flor is a trip into nostalgia, into our musical past and heritage, with the respect and elegance that it deserves."

Hector Aviles, Latino Music Cafe
For more information about our concerts:

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Hot Off The Presses
Latest NEWS

A live review from No Depression "the journal of roots music"!

Announcing the official release of ¡LIVE! (ita music 2016), Our new live album of tasty music from Mexico, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Cuba & the US!
- Watch video from the live concert recording:

- You can buy the CD from: iTunes

Radio Flor was featured in La Bloga by Amelia ML Montes, with Grammy-Award Winners La Santa Cecilia!

Our latest studio album, Radio Flor, was featured on two best of lists for 2014
2. Avotcja Jiltonilro’s "BEST OF" FOR 2014 (LATIN JAZZ #11)

Cascada de Flores was featured on NPR! Listen!

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Our albums are also available to listen to and purchase on Amazon & iTunes!

T-shirts (and albums) available on our Square store

All About Las Flores
Cascada de Flores

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. With them, she recorded and performed in venues such as the Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara and Lincoln Center of New York. Nati always nudged her towards what she already did naturally: to sing with heart.

Jorge Liceaga grew up in Mexico City, buying his first guitar with the money he'd earned shining shoes. Self taught, he was later mentored by local legend Leonardo 'El León' Salas, a transplant from Yucatan, who taught Jorge to 'guasanguearla' (play with that special Yucatecan swing). Jorge followed his sister and found himself amongst local masters of artistic communication: The flamencos of Gitanerías. From them he received a raw and complicated education, which contributed to his special sensitivity as accompanist.

The pair founded Cascada de Flores in San Francisco, CA in 1999. They began by journeying into the hidden corners of Mexico, seeking the real stories of that hugely diverse country. Inspired by the fact that even as deep as its diversity goes, Mexico has a continuous love affair with foreign cultural phenomenon and incorporates them as if they were its own, the ensemble spends 14 years swimming 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 now four albums, collaborated in numerous projects, including theater and cinema and toured to several areas of the United States. In Mexico they have been delightfully received in venues such as The central plaza in Mexico City with Jorge Saldaña, la Tasca in Jalapa, and lately in the beautiful Biblioteca Henestrosa in Oaxaca city and the main festival of Tezoatlán, Oaxaca. They even traveled to study with the trovadores of Santiago de Cuba. Cascada de Flores is now a phenomenon, cherished by the Latinos that hear them, and opening the minds of its non-Latino fans. Opening minds and hearts to the real stories of Mexico and Latin America has become this group's unofficial mission; Jorge feels pride at being able to arrive at a performance without a wide sombrero and still be received with open arms

In Radio Flor, in the format of a historic yet half-imagined Radio program, this Mexican-American duet has found a venue in which they can express their vast curiosities and talents, while shining in collaboration. In Radio Flor they are joined by musicians with similar longings from both sides of the 'border', three veterans of San Francisco's traditional music and Latin Jazz scenes: Saul Sierra-Alonso (bass, Mexico City), Marco Diaz (piano & trumpet, San Francisco), Brian Rice (percussion, Michigan). The duet has always thrived in collaboration with like-minded artists. The current Cascada de Flores family includes Sabra Weber (voice, flute), Jorge Mijangos (guitars), Rick Flores (guitar), Miguel Govea (accordion, trumpet, bass), Kyla Danysh (violin), Jim Connelly (bass) and Cynthia Holberg (voice).

Additionally, Cascada de Flores is firmly committed to music and cultural education. They present a bilingual music and dance program for children in schools, libraries and theaters such as Montalvo Arts Center (Saratoga), Herbst Theater (San Francisco), Mexican Heritage Plaza (San Jose) and Lobero Theater (Santa Barbara). They have performed in over 1000 Western US schools and Libraries reaching over 500,000 children with their educational program. Recently, the Dúo brought their musical story to la Mixtecan hills of Oaxaca, Mexico. Close to home, members of Cascada de Flores present ongoing bilingual classes and special workshops for children and families focused on traditional Latin American folk songs and Mexican traditional music and dance.

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Something for The Little Ones
Our Children's Ensemble

Cascad-ita de Flores: Cuentos Cantados - Stories with music, dance, humor and you!

"Now I'm glad I'm Mexican."

Elementary School Student, Richmond, CA

"A exceptional show. The lively dancing, singing and bilingual storytelling delighted everyone in attendance, from the very youngest children to seniors."

Teresa Capasso, Larkspur Library, Larkspur, CA

"The music from the various regions of Mexico is enchanting. You are excellent educators as well as consummate musicians and dancers."

Linda Covello, Community School of Music and the Arts, Mountain View, CA

Cascad-ita de Flores has other stories, such as
~"Aquíl-les va un Cuento - The Treasure of Aquíles"
~Una Ofrenda Musical ~ A musical altar for our Muertos

“The Tree and the Donkey who loved to sing”
AKA “El Abuelo”

A bilingual and participatory story exploding with the song, ancient musical instruments, poly-rhythms and sweet characters of Mexican music and dance.

Cascada de Flores celebrates 15 years of working with and performing for youth of all ages and backgrounds.

This show can be a duet, or a trío for larger venues.

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Student Stuff Coming Soon!