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Tutti Frutti

by Ventanas

Tamar Ilana & Ventanas are a multicultural band based in Toronto, Canada that play music from all over the Mediterranean.
Genre: World: Gypsy
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Tamar Ilana is a Toronto-born multifaceted artist who grew up touring internationally, singing in multiple languages and dancing flamenco.

Tamar spent much of her childhood performing throughout the Mediterranean and North America with her ethnomusicologist mother and gathering semi extinct songs in remote Spanish and Portuguese villages. By the age of five, Tamar was singing Ladino, Balkan and Medieval music in multiple languages and had already recorded on her first album. At eight, she began studying flamenco dance with Esmeralda Enrique in Toronto, Canada. Throughout her teens she continued to perform, travel and record and did an international exchange at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. While living there, she re-immersed herself in the flamenco world, which is where she began singing flamenco.

Upon her return to Toronto, Tamar was immediately in high demand, performing regularly for the various tablaos, and dance companies. Shortly after graduating from the University of Toronto, Tamar decided to seriously invest in her flamenco singing career and moved to Seville, Spain to study full time for a year at the prestigious Fundación de Arte Flamenco Cristina Heeren.

In 2011, Tamar again returned to Toronto and founded, Ventanas, meaning "windows" in Spanish, reflective of Tamar’s life as a series of window onto numerous cultures and styles of music, dance and art. Of mixed Jewish-Indigenous-Romanian-Scottish descent, Tamar is well versed in the music and cultures of the Sephardic Diaspora and the Iberian Peninsula. Thanks to living in the heart of Toronto’s thriving world music scene, Tamar has also been performing professionally in the Afro-Brazilian style of Maracatú since 2006, and in the Ukrainian polyphonic a Capella style since 2011.

With Ventanas, Tamar mixes her lifetime of musical knowledge with her own cultural backgrounds and those of the ensemble. On her newest album, Tamar sings in Ladino, Spanish, Bulgarian, Hebrew, French, Romani, and Arabic and together with Ventanas rearranges traditional forms and creates original compositions. The album draws inspiration from today’s worldwide themes of migration and the questioning of one’s identity, as well as from Toronto’s growing multicultural music scene. Tamar Ilana & Ventanas released Ventanas in 2013 and Arrelumbre in 2015, both nominated for two Canadian Folk Music Awards including Best Traditional Singer, and their third album, MISTRĀL, released in May of 2019.



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