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Tamar llana & Ventanas -Sephardic, Balkan, and Flamenco

February 4 @ 7:30 pm9:00 pm

Founded in 2011, Ventanas interweaves flamenco, Sephardic and Balkan music and dance, and their own original compositions. The six-piece Toronto-based world music ensemble is fronted by the powerhouse vocalist and dancer Tamar Ilana, and features the city’s finest world musicians. They perform in over 20 languages such as Ladino, Spanish, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Hebrew, French, Romani and Arabic, drawing inspiration from today’s worldwide themes of migration and the questioning of one’s identity. Drawing inspiration from such legendary artists as the Silk Road Ensemble, Paco de Lucía, and Yasmin Levy, they reimagine Mediterranean melodies and flamenco grooves, and mix contemporary interpretations of ancient ballads with original compositions.
Ventanas lineup:
Tamar Ilana – vocals, dance
Demetri Petsalakis – oud, keys
Briga – violin, vocals
Benjamin Barrile – flamenco guitar
Andrew Pacheco – upright and electric bass
Matías Recharte – drumset, percussion