FLOR DE TOLOACHE Receives Two Latin Grammy Nominations
BEST REGIONAL SONG
for “Besos de Mezcal”,
a collaboration with camilo Lara from the Mexican Institute of Sound.
BEST RANCHERO / MARIACHI ALBUM
for their album “Indestructible”,
produced by Rafa Sardina.
Flor de Toloache will perform over 100 shows in 2019,
touring Japan for the first time this October 19th!
The New York ensemble and beloved press-darlings have been announced as one of the official showcase selections of WOMEX 2019, the world’s biggest showcase for world music, WOMEX will take place on October 22-27 in Tampere, Finland.
“We are so proud of this album for the profound love and heart that were poured into it by everyone involved! Thank you to the academy for the great honor of being nominated in the “Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album” and “Best Regional Song” categories!” – FLOR DE TOLOACHE
By: Marisa Arbona-Ruiz for NPR First Listen
Flor de Toloache stuns at the crossroads of fusion and mariachi girl magic. Whether intimately airy or ice-crackingly powerful, their intricate vocal runs and harmonic alchemy seem to defy logic with equally clever instrumental arrangements by the singers themselves.
These are exciting times for artists baring their musical truths through the cross-cultural evolution of music. Flor de Toloache’s new bilingual album Indestructible pushes the boundaries of mariachi music and its instruments through reimagined pop covers, originals and original collaborations. It’s a fusion fest starring vocals, lead violin, trumpet, vihuela and guitarrón graced by the likes of John Legend
(singing en español!), Alex Cuba , Josh Baca of Los Texmaniacs , Las Migas, Sinuhé Padilla and R&B singer Miguel .
While on tour in San Francisco, front women Mireya Ramos and
Shae Fiol told NPR about shifting gears after their breakthrough 2017 Latin Grammy for Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album – a first-time win by women – for Las Caras Lindas. “We wanted to do fusion because there was so much more that we can express musically, and we wanted to work with [producer] Rafa Sardina , ” says Ramos. “We were really excited and also nervous. We didn’t know what to expect.”
What follows is brilliant.
Featuring John Legend, “Quisiera” is a cover of the Dominican icon Juan Luis Guerra. It shimmers as a flirty reggae – mariachi, or as they joke, “reggae-achi” fusion. Fiol arranged it years ago, and it was worth the wait to record it. Here, she returns to her gorgeously airy vocal delivery, a signature style before she learned how to belt out rancheras. Mixed with Legend’s emotive vibrato and Julie Acosta’s jazzy trumpet accents, the track sublimely captures its romantic musings.
” Besos de Mezcal ” is the sole track produced by prolific Mexican producer Camilo Lara and the album’s first video single, released on Valentine’s Day. Its infectious cumbia beat with R&B grooves is as seductive as the song’s protagonist who intoxicates men with her mezcal-laced kisses.
“Te Lo Dije” is a striking R&B-bachata-mariachi version of Miguel’s ” Told You So .” As they told NPR’s Latino USA, Miguel and Ramos heard that their late grandmothers were singing sisters on Mexican radio. They finally met about a year ago and rekindled the family spirit with this collaboration.
What’s thrilling about Indestructible is the pacing and varying intensity of the group’s mariachi chops throughout the album. From the shuffle-doo-wop-mariachi of “Our Love” to the full-on high stakes drama in “Ranchera Medley,” Flor de Toloache and Ramos – the rising queen of mariachi – step up to the challenge gloriously.
The album is a testament to the beauty, power and indestructibility of women and a celebration of one of Mexico’s most enduring, borderless art forms.
ABOUT FLOR DE TOLOACHE:
Having performed at Coachella and an NPR Tiny Desk Concert, this Latin GRAMMY-winning, New York-based ensemble is one of the finest all-female mariachi groups on the planet, with “a performance style that captures all the power and emotion you’d hope for.” (NPR Music). Flor de Toloache is lead by vocalist/violinist Mireya Ramos and vocalist/vihuelist Shae Fiol. The group began as a trio named for the delirium-inducing Mexican flower used as a love potion for generations. As it has grown in notoriety, the band has expanded to as many as ten members depending on the setting, forming a truly global ensemble with musicians hailing from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Australia, Colombia, Germany, Italy, and the United States.