Singer/dancer Tamar Ilana has lived and breathed traditional Mediterranean and Balkan music from girlhood, traveling and performing with her ethnomusicologist/singer mother. Her trans-Mediterranean ensemble Ventanas, founded in 2011, fuse passion and intimate dialogue, embracing the varied instrumental and melodic traditions of North Africa, the Balkans, Turkey and Spain to create fresh interpretations and original songs. Oud, baglama, darbuka, and percussive flamenco footwork intertwine with surprising harmony, joy and yearning. This unusual musical mix garnered the group two Canadian Folk Music Award nominations in 2015 for their album Arrelumbre.


Though they sprang from the same Spanish soil and from closely related languages, flamenco and Sephardic Jewish song could not be more different. Flamenco burns with passion and fury, and performances reach an emotional fever pitch. Sephardic singers let the wry tales in songs speak for themselves, with reserved precision.


It’s the tension between the two that fires Toronto-based singer Tamar Ilana’s imagination.“I have given up on purity,” laughs Ilana. “I take from both, draw on both the story and the emotion. I infuse flamenco feeling into Sephardic stories, and vice versa.”


Tamar Ilana and Ventanas brave new ground with their latest album Arrelumbre, and the result is a sound unlike anything else you’ll hear this year.




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“The music is powerful…Ilana’s passionate singing dominates.”

Downbeat Magazine


“The most moving concert of the season.”

Tamara Bernstein, Toronto Music Garden


“An exciting musical island you’d be wise to take a trip to.”

Chris Spector, Midwest Record


“Simply intoxicating!”

George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly


“Ventanas wowed our festival crowd with Tamar’s powerful vocal stylings, on top of the soundscapes of incredible world class players, who come from all corners of the world!”

Shara Gustafson, Robson Valley Music Fest


“Virtuosity and sensuality rolled into one. That’s Ventanas to me.”

James Keelaghan, Summerfolk Music Fest


fRoots album review


Ringer of the Week - Jazz Weekly


Toronto World Music Scene Online




Ventanas One Sheet




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