24min | English | Igal Hecht
Tamar Ilana is an internationally renowned award-winning vocalist in over 20 languages and a mesmerizing flamenco dancer and choreographer. Tamar grew up on stage on the road as the daughter of a travelling ethnomusicologist and is of Jewish, Indigenous, Romanian and Scottish descent. She has released three Canadian Folk Music Awards nominated albums with her world music project Ventanas with whom she has also toured across North America, including a sold-out show at the Skirball Centre in Los Angeles in 2019.
Tamar is the lead singer of Jaffa Road, the flamenco dancer with Sultans of String, cantaora with the Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company and producer for her own solo electro acoustic sets. Tamar has also worked closely with the Afro-Brazilian Maracatú and the Ukrainian communities of Toronto for more than a decade. Sought after for her artistry and versatility, Tamar has been featured in award-winning musicals in New York, San Francisco, Washington DC, the UK and Germany and has collaborated with JUNO winners and nominees including Measha Brueggergosman, Jim Creeggan (The Barenaked Ladies), Jesse Cook, and more.