Latin Grammy Nominees Mariachi Flor de Toloache make New York City history as its’ first and only all-women mariachi band. Founded in 2008, Mariachi Flor de Toloache is lead by singers Mireya I. Ramos (founder) & Shae Fiol (original member). Reminiscent of the early days of mariachi the group started as a trio, Harp, Violin and Vihuela. Today Mariachi Flor De Toloache performs as a full mariachi ensemble. The members hail from diverse cultural backgrounds such as Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Australia, Colombia, Germany, Italy and the United States which defines their unique flavor and sound. 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. 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.
Their intoxicating performances have illuminated world renowned stages abroad, in November 2015, Mariachi Flor de Toloache embarked on an extensive European and U.S tour as the opening act of Black Keys Singer Dan Auerbach’s new band The Arcs. They performed to sold out audiences in the UK, Germany, Holland, Italy, France, and continued to captivate audiences when they toured the U.S. in such legendary venues as First Avenue in Minneapolis, The Vic in Chicago, Terminal 5 in New York, DC 930 Club and Nashville’s Ryman Theater (formerly known as The Grand Ole Opry)
Mariachi Flor De Toloache’s critically acclaimed, self-titled debut album received a Latin Grammy nomination for “Best Ranchera Album” of 2015 with this being embraced by the elite Latin Music Community. Their live performances were praised by Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, GQ Magazine, NY times amongst many media outlets and a highly praised NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concert” Their collaboration with the Arcs landed them on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, BBC 2’s and Later with Jools Holland.
Currently the band is in the studio working on their follow up album, with Daptone distributed New York based Chulo Records, owned by Los Hacheros leader Jacob Plasse, who was also responsible for connecting Mariachi Flor De Toloache with The Arcs. The album is slated to be released in the fall of 2016. Mariachi Flor De Toloache will be featured on Chicano Batman’s forthcoming album, Snarky Puppy guitarist, Chris McQueen’s solo project, Luba Mason’s next album produced by Jimmy Haslip and Ruben Blades, and is kicking off a spring 2016 West Coast tour again with The Arcs as part of their ensemble & as their opening act.