Tamar Ilana and her trans-Mediterranean ensemble Ventanas embrace the varied instrumental and melodic traditions of the Sephardic Jews of North Africa, the Balkans, and Turkey, as well as Spanish flamenco, to create fresh interpretations and original songs. Oud, baglama, violin, darbuka, and percussive flamenco footwork intertwine with surprising harmony, joy and yearning in the group’s unusual musical mix. Though they sprang from the same Spanish soil, flamenco singing and Sephardic Jewish song could not be more different. Flamenco singing burns with passion and fury, and performances reach an emotional fever pitch. Sephardic singers let the wry tales in the lyrics speak for themselves with reserved precision. It is the tension between these two musical forms that inspires Ventanas lead singer Tamar Ilana, and it is the guiding force behind the band’s second album, Arrelumbre, which garnered two nominations from the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards. Featuring Demetri Petsalakis, Jessica Hana Deutsch, Naghmeh Farahmand, Tyler Emond, and Benjamin Barrile.