Tamar Ilana & Ventanas Toronto
Tamar Ilana & Ventanas is a Toronto-based world music ensemble featuring some of the city’s finest musicians. 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. They have been nominated for four Canadian Folk Music Awards and are releasing their third album and full stage production, MISTRĀL, in the fall of 2018. The lineup for this year at Ashkenaz is Tamar Ilana (vocals/dance), Demetri Petsalakis (oud), Jessica Hana Deutsch (violin), Benjamin Barrile (flamenco guitar), Justin Gray (bass) and Chendy León (kit/percussion).