Cascada de Flores
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.