Tamar Ilana Flamenco Trio

  • June 30, 2024
  • 6:30 pm
  • In The Street
  • June 30, 2024
  • 7:45 pm
  • The Village

accompanied by Nicolás Hernández on flamenco guitar and Chendy León on percussion


Tamar is a Toronto-born flamenco dancer and multilingual singer. She grew up on stage from the age of four with her ethnomusicologist mother Dr Judith Cohen, and has lived in Ibiza, Barcelona, Paris and Seville. At age 7, she began studying Flamenco dance with Toronto’s own Esmeralda Enrique with whom she later sang in her company and taught at her Academy.

In 2007 while living in Barcelona she began studying flamenco singing with Montse Cortés and in 2010 she moved to Seville to study at the prestigious Fundación Cristina Heeren. She has since studied both flamenco singing and dance with some of the world’s greatest masters including Esperanza Fernández, Arcángel, Rocío Márquez, David de Jacoba, Encarna Anillo, Farruquito, Farru, La Farruca, Mercedes Ruiz, Javier Latorre, Adela Campallo, Juana Amaya and many more.

Drawing on these experiences and her Ashkenazi Jewish-Indigenous heritage (Saulteaux-Cree member of Pasqua First Nation), Tamar founded her world music project, Ventanas, in 2011 with whom she has released three albums and been nominated for four Canadian Folk Music Awards including Best Traditional Singer.

In 2020 she co-founded the not-for-profit FabCollab, which focuses on presenting BIPOC women artists. She has performed around the world and at the Aga Khan Museum, the ROM, Koerner Hall, TD Music Hall, Lula Lounge and many other Toronto iconic venues, and she has toured Canada, the US, Colombia, Spain, France, Turkey, Ireland, Germany and the UK. She is currently recording her fourth album with Ventanas and has recently collaborated with Jesse Cook, Manu Soto, Jim Creeggan (Barenaked Ladies), Anna Colóm, Measha Brueggergosmann-Lee.