Tamar Ilana – The Sefardi « Judy Garland »

A radio program of the European Institute of Jewish Music hosted by Hervé Roten

MUSIQUES JUIVES D’HIER ET D’AUJOURD’HUI – September 24, 2019, JUDAÏQUES FM (94.8), 21H00


Born in Toronto in 1986, Tamar Ilana grew up on the road, along with her mother, the ethnomusicologist Judith Cohen, in her journeys around the Mediterranean Sea to collect old songs and stories before they disappear, in small Portuguese villages, nursing homes in Greece and Turkey, mountain cities in Spain, the last Sefardi communities of Morocco, the old towns in the Balkans.

Initiated to flamenco dance when she was 7 years old, she started learning to sing flamenco with the great masters of the Fundación Cristina Heeren in Seville, and in Paris, where she perfected her vocal technique with Martina Catella.

In 2011, Tamar Ilana went back to Toronto where she created the band Ventanas with whom she performs a repertoire blending traditional Judeo-Spanish, Spanish, Bulgarian, Hebrew, French, and Romanian songs, as well as original compositions.

In 2013, Tamar Ilana & Ventanas released the CD Ventanas, and Arrelumbre in 2015. These two albums were nominated in the Canadian Folk Music Awards, in the category of « best traditional singer ». Their third album, Mistrāl, was released in May 2019.

Ilana Tamar, rising star of the multicultural musical stage, will be on the telephone from Toronto to present these 3 albums. The opportunity to discover a surprising artist whose faith reminds the one of Judy Garland, singer, dancer and child prodigy of the American stage.

Listen to excerpts from the 3 CD
Visit Tamar Ilana’s website
Visit the band Ventanas’ website
herve_photo_retouche_fond_uni_bleu_500px.jpgOfficer of the Ordre of Arts and letters, PhD in musicology at Paris University Sorbonne, prize-winning graduate from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, Hervé Roten is the director of the European Institute of Jewish Music since its creation in 2006.
Ethnomusicologist, he quickly developed an interest in the safeguard and digitization of archives, subjects he taught for several years in Reims and Marne-La-Vallée universities.
Author of many articles, books and recordings related to Jewish music, producer of radio programs, Hervé Roten is recognized today as one of the best specialists of Jewish music in the world.

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