• FLOR DE TOLOACHE

    Latin Grammy Nominees Mariachi Flor de Toloache make New York City history as its’ First and Only All­-Women Mariachi Group. 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. This defines their unique flavor and sound. The 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 not unlike the legendary Toloache flower still being used in Mexico as a love potion. While working to preserve centuries old traditions of Mariachi, their melange of the traditional and the modern pushes the boundaries of the genre and brings Mariachi music to new audiences.

     Over the course of the last few years, Mariachi Flor de Toloache’s performances have illuminated world renowned stages in Europe and India. In November 2015, the group embarked on an extensive European and U.S tour as the opening act of Black Keys’ singer Dan Auerbach’s new band, The Arcs. After performances to sold out audiences in the UK, Germany, Holland, Italy, France, they continued to captivate crowds in the U.S. at legendary venues such as First Avenue in Minneapolis, The Vic in Chicago, Terminal 5 in New York, DC 930 Club and Nashville’s Ryman Theater (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. Sharing the podium with legends Pedro Fernández and Aida Cuevas meant an embrace from the Latin Music Community. The group’s live performances were praised by Rolling Stone, Billboard Magazine, The New Yorker, GQ Magazine, The New York Times. Following a highly praised NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concert”,  their collaboration with rock supergroup The Arcs landed them on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and BBC 2’s Later with Jools Holland.

    The group is currently in the studio recording their follow up with Daptone distributed New York based Chulo Records. Ran by NYC Salsa powerhouse Los Hacheros’ leader, Jacob Plasse, Chulo Records was also the connecting bridge between Mariachi Flor De Toloache and The Arcs. The album is slated to be released in the fall of 2016. Also slated for release this year are collaborations and featured appearances of Mariachi Flor De Toloache on Chicano Batman’s forthcoming album, Snarky Puppy guitarist Chris McQueen’s solo record, Luba Mason’s next album – produced by Jimmy Haslip and Luba Mason. The group is also scheduled to kick off a spring 2016 West Coast Tour performing as part of / and opening for  The Arcs, including dates such as the Coachella Festival.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    bio - MARIACHI FLOR DE TOLOACHE

  • Mireya Ramos - Vocals, Violin, Guitarrón

    Mireya I. Ramos, violinist, vocalist, composer and arranger is of Dominican and Mexican descent raised in Puerto Rico who embodies all of her musical influences from mariachi to salsa, from jazz to hip-hop, always creating a warm and new refreshing sound. In Puerto Rico, she was part of the Coro de Ninos de San Juan. Moving to New York in 1999, Mireya began playing mariachi with Mariachi Angeles de Puebla.  In 2008 she founded Mariachi Flor de Toloache; New York’s first all female mariachi band and one of the city’s most exciting bands.

    Flor de Toloache has caught the attention of a variety of audiences throughout NYC, through which Mireya Ramos was featured on the NY Times, NBC, Univision and as the director of this innovative and unique band. Mireya has also shared the stage with: Chucho Valdez, Omar Sosa, Arturo O’Farrill, Marc Anthony, Elvis Crespo, Luisito Quintero, Juan Carlos Formell, Alfredo de La Fe, El Prodigio, Ruben Albarran from Cafetacuba, soul singer Bilal and many more. Mireya has also accompanied Djay’s including DJ Bobbito, DJ Rich Medina, Afrika Bambaataa, DJ Tony Touch, DJ and break dancer Crazy Legs, DJ Velcro, DJ Carol-C (Si*Se), DJ Sake 1, and many more. She has recorded with comedian Chris Rock for his album Never Scared, El Album by Velcro, Jarana Beat, Soni featuring Raekwon 2012, Luisito Quinteros upcoming album Navegante, her first upcoming album When We Love and Mariachi Flor de Toloache’s upcoming album.

    Mireya Ramos - Violin

  • Shae Fiol - Vocals, Vihuela

    Singer/songwriter/producer Shae fiol is one of the most exciting new artists of the last few years. Her music encompasses an organic mixture of pop, world, soul, Hip Hop and folk. Born in Portland, Oregon, to a family of musicians Shae has resided in New York for the past five years.

    Shae’s debut CD— Catch a Ride on Purpose Records/ Shae Butter Music— has been getting rave reviews. Catch a Ride also features collaborations and productions with Stuart Matthewman (Sade, Maxwell, Sweetback) and Rockwilder. Though, still very young in her career journey she has already shared the stage with or opened for artists such as India Arie, Esthero, Maya Azucena, Van Hunt, Dwele, Vivian Green, Leela James, Common, Talib Kweli, Angela Johnson and Eric Roberson. She was recently a finalist for Best New Artist 2009 by Soultracks.com and her debut CD made several year-end ‘best of’ lists, including CENTRIC.com.

    Shae Fiol - Vocals, Vihuela

  • Julie Acosta - Trumpet, Vocals

    Julie ‘Jewls’ Acosta was born in New Jersey into a Dominican family and raised in Miami, Florida where the Cuban culture dominates. Initially trained as a classical trumpeter, Jewls was surrounded by the language and music of the Caribbean and she took to that style very naturally. She has embraced the many ‘dialects’ of trumpet playing in NY, from Latin, to Mariachi, to Soul, to Jazz, Rock and Pop. After more than 10 years on the Latin scene she has performed with Latin greats such as the late Celia Cruz, Gilberto Santarosa, La India, Jose Alberto “El Canario”, Pedrito Martinez, Ismael Miranda, Cheo Feliciano, Rey Ruiz, Los Hermanos Lebron and many more.

    Julie studied Classical trumpet at Florida International University. She moved to New York City to study classical/jazz at SUNY Purchase,  but primarily to learn from the multi-genre masters that permeate the live music scene. She is recognized for her unique ability to make almost anything swing. Julie is one of the hippest, most humble, professional, talented and natural musicians around sought after for her warm, big and edgy sound and her ability to adapt to any musical situation. Her skills shine as an arranger, lead and support section player, background singer, auxiliary percussionist, and teacher. Those who know her refer to her as a “Powerhouse”.

    Julie Acosta - Trumpet

  • Jackie Coleman - Trumpet

    Born in Indiana, Jackie Coleman is a trumpeter, arranger, composer, teacher and electric bass player in a wide range of musical styles. She has received music degrees from Indiana University, The University of Southern California, and NYU. In the past, she performed with groups such as The Disney Collegiate All-Star band, IAJE Sisters in Jazz, The Laker Band, and on Princes & Carnival Cruise Lines.

    She has also performed internationally at festivals including Pori Jazz in Finland, the Molde Jazz Festival in Norway, the Festival des Hauts Garonne in Bordeaux, the Redentore Festival in Venice, Stanser Musiktage in Stans, Gottingen Jazz Festival in Gottingen, the Jazz Peru Festival in Peru, as well as at the Kennedy Center in D.C. In New York where she now resides, she has played at venues such as The Highline Ballroom, BAM, Roseland Ballroom, Bell House, Blue Note, and Brooklyn Bowl with various groups. Currently she can be seen with Underground System Afrobeat, throughout Europe with Gato Loco, and of course with Mariachi Flor de Toloache.

    Jackie Coleman - Trumpet

  • Luisa Bastidas - Violin

    Luisa Bastidas was born and raised in Cali ,Colombia. As a young child she  showed interest in music by being able to sing and recognize tunes before she was even able to  speak a word.  At age six, she started to study piano . Within  those years ,she had developed a secret love for the violin.  That secret desire of playing the instrument was so strong that one day the violin found it’s way to her hands in her after school program . Once the violin touched her hands it never left . Her musicality was such, that she was able to pass the auditions of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Art and Performing Arts.

    As a soloist Luisa Bastidas has been featured in the Lucent Dossier Experience  in New York City and the Envision Festival 2013 in Costa Rica with the Kinetic Junglelist Movement. She is part of the first all female mariachi band in New York City, Mariachi Flor de Toloache as well as a  Violin/Beatbox duet called VioBox which is currently competing in the  Apollo Theater’s ” Amateur Night At the Apollo”  placing  second and first place in the first two rounds.

    Luisa Bastidas - Violin

  • Domenica Fossati - Flute

    Flutist, Domenica Fossati is an electrifying performer whose spontaneous whistling rolls have found a home with modern composers, including Harvey Sollberger, Robert Dick and Michael Gordon. She is the co-founder of Concert Black, a trio who draw upon their diverse musical backgrounds for their song writing, improvisation, and commissioning of today’s emerging composers. Influenced by a wide range of musical styles, her work oscillates gracefully between art music and pop, working with artists such as Kenny Werner, Miguel Zenon, and members of Antibalas.

    Domenica is the front-woman of Underground System, one of the only afrobeat groups to feature a female lead singer. Trilingual and acquainted with the Ghanaian Ewe language, her lyrics and knowledge of traditional West African dance grant her work authenticity. Ms. Fossati earned her M.F.A. at New York University with Robert Dick, where she also served as adjunct faculty. For more information please visit: www.domenicafossati.com

    Domenica Fossati - Flute

  • Sita Borahm Chay - Violin

    Accepted to Manhattan School of Music with full scholarship at age of fifteen, violinist Sita Borahm Chay is one of New York’s most versatile performers. Miss Chay won a concertmaster position as a freshman for MSM Philharmonic Orchestra. She also served as a concertmaster of New World Youth Orchestra and Manhattan Opera Orchestra. She studied violin performance, acting and dancing at Manhattan School and continued her multi career over 10 years appearing in independent films, improve opera, and historical films.

    She has performed and worked with such artists as Emerson String Quartet, Kenneth Cooper, Billy Drewes, Kenny Werner, Duksoo Kim, Pamela Frank, Nadia Solemo Sonenberg, Ani Kavafian, Frank Huang, Jasmine Choi, Richard O’Neil, Alan Ferber and Robert Craft, the student of Stravinsky and Scheonberg in various concert halls including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and The Blue Note. Miss Chay regularly performs with world renowned Percussionist, Duk Soo Kim as a solo violinist throughout Middle Asia and Europe.

    Sita Borahm Chay - Violin

  • Jacquelene Acevedo - Percussion

    Jacquelene Acevedo’s musical training started in the dance studio. Classically trained at the New York School of Classical Dance, New York Ballet Institute and in Modern dance at Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and Ballet Hispanico –the variety of dance styles later served to inform her musical diversity and understanding.

    It wasn’t a leap from dance to percussion and drums …it was a translation. A course of studying rhythms and technique with her father, Memo Acevedo as well as Johnny Almendra, Marvin Diz, and faculty atThe Collective served in helping to translate rhythms once expressed through the body to hands and feet alone for musical application.

    Ms. Acevedo has performed in New York City at The Apollo, The Cutting Room, Fat Cat, The Iridium, The New York Botanical Gardens, Rockwood Music Hall, Nublu. In Toronto, Canada where she was born at the Jazz Bistro, Lula Lounge and the Toronto Jazz Festival.

    Her musicality and combination of sensitivity and power have been the markers of her work. She’s played with groups as varied as Erin and her Cello, Francis Mbappe, Cumbia River Band, Manhattan Bridges Orchestra, The Last of the International Playboys, and Mariachi Flor de Toloache.

    She has performed music in theater scenarios with Group BR (New York’s Brazilian Theater Company) performing in “Eternity While it Lasts” a play based on the life and work of famed poet Vinicius de Moraes, playing the music of the Tom Jobim. Ms. Acevedo led the percussion section for “SUENO” Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream “with Latin flavor” for the historic Teatro SEA on the Lower East Side.

    Ms. Acevedo has been invited to perform at various drum and percussion clinics including Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in 2012 with Memo Acevedo (Tito Puente) and Ndugu Chancler (Michael Jackson) and with The US Army Jazz Band and Simon Philips (Toto) in 2011.

    She performed at the longest running drum festival, The Montreal Drum Fest in 2013 with her father, Memo Acevedo with whom she also performs in NYC on a regular basis. They’ve been called “the dynamic duo” for their synchronicity and interplay. In fact, Ms. Acevedo had the privilege of learning from her father, side by side in the same percussion booth (congas, timbales, bongo, djembe, and “toys”), which developed her ear and made her an in-demand musician for her ability to play well with others.

    Recordings with Crystal Bowersox of American Idol fame on her album of original music entitled “Farmer’s Daughter.” Five recordings with The Times Square Church where she first began playing.

    In 2015 Ms. Acevedo was featured on the cover of drum magazine Tom Tom Magazine for her work with Mariachi Flor de Toloache with whom she performed this summer in Guadelajara, Mexico opening for the most famous Mariachi band, Mariachi Vargas.

    Finally, Ms. Acevedo has had the privilege of sharing the stage with Mike Clarke, Liberty Devitto, Ben Butler, Richie Goods, Pat Labarbara, Greg Tardy, Ze Luis, Dom Salvador among others.
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    “She has such energy and desire to learn, Jacquelene is always willing to listen and be in sync with us… Jacquelene clicked with her great feel, swing, and musical sensitivity on stage.”
    Mireya Ramos
    Founder Mariachi Flor de Toloache.

    Jacquelene Acevedo…Grew up around groove. Being a drum set player myself, having her on percussion  brings the groove to a new level”
    –Liberty DeVitto
    Billy Joel / Slim Kings

    Jacquelene Acevedo - Percussion