Música from the heart
Song, dance & story for all ages

No Depression

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Upcoming Events

children / niños



Libraries around the greater San Francisco Bay Area

Musical Storytelling to celebrate Summer and Reading!

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 Oakland Public Library: Brookfield, 4pm (Aquiles)

Wednesday, June 12, 2024 Cupertino Library, 3pm (Aquiles)

Thursday, June 13, 2024 Oakland Public Library: Melrose, 1:30pm (Aquiles)

Tuesday, June 18, 2024 San Carlos Library @ 10:30am (Aquiles)

Thursday, June 20, 2024 Santa Cruz Libraries:  Boulder Creek 1:30pm,  Live Oak @ 4:30pm  (Abuelo)

Friday, June 21, 2024 Oakland Public Library: MLK, 1:30pm (Aquiles)

Saturday, June 22, 2024 Pittsburg Library @ 1pm (Aquiles)

Monday, June 24, 2024 San Bruno Lib @ 6:30pm (!Música!)

Tuesday, June 25, 2024 Oakland Public Library: Elmhurst, 1pm (Aquiles)

Wednesday, June 26, 2024 Oakland Public Library: Lakeview, 6:30pm (Aquiles)

Thursday, June 27, 2024 Montague Park, Santa Clara 11:15am (Aquiles)

Monday, July 1, 2024 N Fair Oaks @ 10:30am (Aquiles)

Tuesday, July 2, 2024 Woodside @ 10:30am (Aquiles)

Tuesday, July 9, 2024 Cloverdale Library @ 10:30 am (Aquiles)

Thursday, July 11, 2024 Healdsburg Library @ 11:00 am (Aquiles)

Friday, July 12, 2024 Roseland Library @ 11:00 am , Guerneville Library @ 2:00 pm  (Aquiles)

Saturday, July 13, 2024 Pacifica Sharp Park @ 3pm (Aquiles)

Tuesday, July 16, 2024 Foster City @ 10:30am, Quarry Park, Half Moon Bay @ 1pm, Half Moon Bay Library @ 4pm  (Aquiles)

Wednesday, July 17, 2024 East Palo Alto @ 11am (Aquiles),  Oakland Public Library: 81st @ 1:30pm (Aquiles)

Thursday, July 18, 2024 4pm Davis Library (Aquiles)

Saturday, July 20, 2024 Oakland Pub Lib: César Chavez @ 2pm (Aquiles)

Monday, July 22, 2024 Oakland Public Library: Eastmont, 1pm (Aquiles)

Tuesday, July 23, 2024 Petaluma Library @ 10:30 am , Santa Rosa Northwest Library @ 2:00 pm (Aquiles)

Wednesday, July 24, 2024 Sonoma Valley Library @ 11:00 am, Central Santa Rosa Library @ 2:00 pm, Rincon Valley Library @ 4:00 pm (Aquiles)

Thursday, July 25, 2024 Sebastopol Library @ 11:00 am (Aquiles)

Saturday, July 27, 2024 Windsor Library @ 10:30 am (Aquiles)

Tuesday, July 30, 2024 10:30am Atherton Library (Aquiles)

Thursday, August 1, 2024 @3pm Sausalito Library (Aquiles)

Learn more about our Musical Storytelling:

el Brujo y la Sirena (The Wizard & the Mermaid)
El Abuelo - The Tree & The Donkey Who Loved to Sing
Aquíles Va Un Cuento - The Treasure of Aquíles

FREE for all
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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.

For more information about our concerts:

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"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
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Hot Off The Presses
Latest NEWS

We were rewarded grants by the California Work Fund and InterMusic SF to explore musical connections between Mexico and the Phillippines, collaborating with guitarist Florante Aguilar and singer Charmaine Clamor. We are calling this project Gumamela, the Tagalog name for Flor de Jamaica, the Hibiscus flower. Stay tuned for an album of sweet Harana serenades, Latin American danzas and new compositions to be released in 2024!

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
Cuentos Cantados - Stories with music, dance, humor and you!

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

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

“I really appreciate how music and dance were paired with a story and how rich the performance was. Cascada de Flores was wonderful at connecting literacy skills, like syllabication and oral storytelling, into the performance.”

“What an experience to treasure!!! We absolutely loved Cascada de Flores' one-of-a-kind interactive performance that makes everyone feel welcome!

“Truthfully, one of the most engaged virtual assemblies I have seen all year!”

"Now I'm glad I'm Mexican" (an elelemntary student, Richmond, CA)

Musical Storytelling for Children & Families

Original stories told in Spanish & English, using song, a variety of musical instruments,
dance, theater and sweet characters of traditional Mexican & Latin American cultures

Cascada de Flores celebrates 20 years of working with and performing for youth of all ages and backgrounds.

Available for touring libraries, schools & theaters!

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Student Stuff Coming Soon!