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Tamar Ilana & Ventanas: "Arrelumbre"/"Shine"

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Direct from Toronto, Canada: Tamar Ilana, the stunning vocalist and dancer and sought-after Canadian world music favourite, embarks on her first tour of British Columbia in four years with stellar trans-Mediterranean ensemble Ventanas.

Tamar and Ventanas return to British Columbia to present songs from their latest album, Arrelumbre. Her voice reaches new heights on the album, as fierce and powerful as it is delicate and ornamental. Tamar and the band skip from heart- wrenching flamenco arrangements in Spanish to mournful Sephardic love songs to playful Balkan party tunes – it’s no surprise the group has been nominated for four Canadian Folk Music Awards. For their B.C. tour, the ensemble will also perform new, never-before-heard material which will be recorded after the tour.

Tamar Ilana has a history as dynamic and international as the musical tapestry she weaves. Her sonic versatility is matched by a diverse and talented team of virtuoso musicians playing violin, flamenco guitar, double bass, derbukka, cajon, and hand percussion. It’s a stunning assembly that is passionately accented by Tamar’s flamenco dancing and staccato footwork.

“I was raised to believe that we needed to preserve folk songs that might otherwise be lost,” says Tamar. “Ventanas preserves these traditions, while at the same time present them in an exciting way, both sonically and visually. We infuse them with new energy, dance and diverse instrumentation to keep things moving forward.”

This constant motion comes naturally to Tamar, who has lived and breathed the world's music from girlhood, traveling with her mother, who is an ethnomusicologist and singer. Tamar and her mother performed as they roamed through Spain, Portugal, Morocco and Turkey, and sometimes she found herself wishing she could be like other kids.

Yet as she gradually came into her own as an artist, singing and dancing on stage went from being a childhood chore to a profound joy.

Tamar heads to B.C. fresh from a whirlwind period of creative explorations. She recently co-starred in Yaël Farber’s prize-winning “Salomé” at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. Tamar is also an original cast member of the Lemon Bucket Orkestra's "Counting Sheep Revolution" a musical theatre production that has electrified audiences from Edinburgh Fringe to New York’s 3LD Theatre.

In Ventanas, Tamar has found the music to match her voice. Together, Tamar and Ventanas have performed at numerous packed events including the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto; DROM, Golden Festival, La MaMa Theatre and APAP in New York City; Robson Valley Festival, Vancouver Folk Music Festival and Artswells, BC; Mundial Montreal; Sunfest, Summerfolk, and more.

Tour Line-up:

Tamar Ilana: vocals, dance
Benjamin Barrile: flamenco guitar
Jessica Hana Deutsch: violin, vocals
Derek Gray: percussion, including derbukka and cajon
Justin Gray: fretless bass

What the media says:

“The music is powerful...Ilana's passionate singing dominates.” - Downbeat
“Excellent...virtuoso...explosive!” - fRoots
“An audible walk through a spice market in Istanbul. Simply intoxicating!” - Jazz Weekly Ringer of the Week
“Gorgeous flamenco singing by Tamar Ilana...” - The Globe and Mail

For more information, interviews, press kit or music samples, please contact:
Melodica PR, publicist Lia Grainger
, liagrainger@gmail.com, or call 778.300.0741


WWW.VENTANASMUSIC.COM
WWW.TAMARILANA.COM

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