Greater Toronto Area, Canada
Tamar Ilana grew up dancing Flamenco since the age of seven at the Esmeralda Enrique Academy of Spanish Dance in Toronto. Tamar has lived, studied and performed extensively in Barcelona, Seville and Paris, with such masters as Rocío Márquez, Esperanza and Curro Fernández, Encarna and José Anillo, Arcángel, David de Jacoba from the Paco de Lucía Project, El Rubio, the Farruco family, Rocío Molina, Adela Campallo, José Maya, Isabel Bayón, Mercedes Ruiz, Javier LaTorre and many others at the Fundación Cristina Heeren de Arte Flamenco and abroad. Tamar is a key member of the Toronto Flamenco community, having performed and recorded with Esmeralda Enrique, Jesse Cook, Carmen Romero, Benjamin Barrile, Caroline Planté, Manu Soto, and others. Tamar has been featured in flamenco festivals across the country, including Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, and most recently, Chicago. When not on tour with her world music ensemble Ventanas (4 time CFMA nominees), Tamar teaches flamenco dance and singing in her hometown and gives workshops across the country in both singing and dance. Tamar loves collaborating with dancers from different disciplines, and has lately been working with Kathak dancer Mushtari Afroz and Indigenous Fancy Shawl Dancer Cotee Harper. Tamar Ilana recently completed Canada’s Music Incubator with Coalition Music on a scholarship, and is releasing her third album in the Fall.