Ventanas & Tamar Ilana

Ventanas & Tamar Ilana

Bulgarian dance tunes, Greek, Turkish and Sephardic love songs

While Tamar Ilana’s singing lights up the heart and soul of Ventanas, other band members are no less accomplished as they weave together Bulgarian dance tunes, Greek, Turkish and Sephardic love songs and heart wrenching Flamenco dances.

Ventanas formed in 2011 after Ilana returned to Toronto following one of several sojourns to Spain to study flamenco song, cante and dance, baile and teamed up with violinist Mark Marczyk of the Lemon Bucket Orkestra. They began exchanging flamenco, Sephardic and Balkan tunes and in no time had put together a repertoire and formed a band that included long time friends and colleagues, flamenco guitarist, Dennis Duffin, Middle Eastern percussionist, Jaash Singh and Greek oud player Demetrios Petsalakis – an eclectic group of well known musicians on the Toronto music scene.

Ventanas released their debut album in September 2013 at Hugh’s Room in Toronto. They have played across the country at festivals such as the Robson Valley and Victoria Flamenco festivals in BC, the Mill Race, Trout Forest and Ashkenaz music festivals in Ontario, Mundial in Montreal, and the Zlatne Uste Golden Festival in Brooklyn, New York in 2012.