Presented in collaboration with Gandharva Loka Music Store: www.gandharvaloka.ca
With the support of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival
Tickets $10 at the door, or whatever you can afford.
Join us to explore the music of the Sephardic Jews and Flamenco gypsies from Spain, led by singer/dancer Tamar Ilana from Toronto, and members of her group Ventanas. Tamar grew up performing and accompanying her mother, ethnomusicologist Dr. Judith Cohen, on countless fieldwork expeditions to the most remote hamlets and villages. Together, they collected songs from Crypto-Jewish, Sephardic and Gypsy communities in Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, Morocco and the Balkans that were in danger of extinction and performed them throughout Europe and North America. Tamar also studied flamenco dance since the age of eight, beginning with Toronto’s own Esmeralda Enrique, and furthering her studies later on while living in Barcelona and Seville. Upon Tamar’s return to Toronto in 2011, she founded Ventanas, merging all her worlds and repertoires into one band. For this presentation, Tamar will be joined by members of Ventanas, including Demetrios Petsalakis (oud) and Dennis Duffin (flamenco guitar), and possibly others.