VENTANAS weaves in and out of upbeat Bulgarian dance tunes, Greek, Turkish and Sephardic love songs, and heart-wrenching Flamenco dances, leading captive audiences through windows into other lands and cultures.
Ventanas was formed in 2011 when lead vocalist came home to Toronto from studying flamenco in Seville Spain and met up with Lemon Bucket’s leader and first violinist Mark Marczyk. 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 outi player Demetrios Petsalakis. In 2013, while Dennis and Tamar were studying flamenco in Spain, they met flamenco dancer Alexandra Talbot from Montreal and brought her on tour with Ventanas during the summer of 2013.
Ventanas explores the music and dance backgrounds of its members. They revel in sharing and teaching each other musical forms, rhythms and ways of expressing emotion, and find that in the joy of playing music together, these forms lend themselves easily to be blended and merged. Be it violin on a flamenco piece in 3/4, or flamenco footwork on a Turkish-Sephardic song in 9/8, what truly matters is the communication between artists on stage and throughout the creation process. They aim to bring these traditional folk and world music and dances to new audiences across Canada and worldwide, in a captivating and refreshing way, both musically and visually.
Ventanas released their debut album in September 2013 at Hugh’s Room in Toronto, Canada. We have played across the country at festivals such as Robson Valley Music Festival, Victoria Flamenco Festival, Mill Race Festival of Traditional Music, Trout Forest Music Festival, Ashkenaz, Mundial Montreal, and the Zlatne Uste Golden Festival in Brooklyn, New York in 2012.