tamar ilana &
“Captivating. At once surprising and enchanting. Both Sellick and Ilana are masters of their respective arts, and the two have an intense musical chemistry."
– The Walleye, Thunder Bay, 2018
ABOUT THE SHOW
The dancer calls, the musicians answer; the guitarist sings and the singer replies. Each is an individual artist, but together, it becomes a show — a whole universe into which the audience is invited, if but for a brief time. In Encuentro Flamenco, Tamar and Matt invite the audience to share in their discovery of each other as artists, themselves as individuals, and what it means to be Canadian flamenco artists.
We are individuals, but we are also one and the same. We are separate entities, but we dissolve into the Earth and become each other. Here, we witness but a moment along the path of the journey for self-definition. In this encounter between the new and the old, the original and the traditional, the composed and the interpreted, Tamar and Matt rearrange traditional pieces, present original choreographies, and share new compositions. Delving deeply within their art — and themselves — in the never-ending quest for identity, they bring to the stage a unique sound: Rooted in the traditional, yet redefined as their own.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Tamar Ilana grew up dancing Flamenco since the age of seven at the Esmeralda Enrique Academy of Spanish Dance. Tamar has lived, studied and performed extensively in Barcelona, Seville and Paris, and has studied singing and dance with the great masters, including members of the Farruco dynasty, Rocío Molina, Adela Campallo, José Maya, Javier LaTorre, Rocío Márquez, Arcángel, Esperanza Fernández and Encarna Anillo and spent a year at the prestigious Flamenco Academy Fundación Cristina Heeren. Tamar is a key member of the Toronto Flamenco community, having performed and recorded with Esmeralda Enrique, Jesse Cook, Carmen Romero, Jorge Miguel, Fin de Fiesta and her own group, Ventanas, with whom she is releasing her third album in May 2019. Tamar has been featured in flamenco festivals across the country, including Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, and most recently, Chicago, and she has been nominated for and received several awards including OAC Emerging Artist, CFMA Traditional Singer of the Year, Dora Mavor Moore and Helen Hayes Awards (DC). When not on tour, Tamar hosts regular events at Drom Taberna and ArtSquare Gallery and Café and teaches flamenco dance and singing at the Academy of Spanish Dance in her hometown of Toronto. tamarilana.com
Matt Sellick is a flamenco guitarist, composer, and recording artist from Thunder Bay, Ontario. He takes a unique approach to traditional flamenco and instrumental music. He has studied flamenco in Spain with some of the world’s greatest flamenco guitarists, in particular Oscar Herrero. Matt has performed as a featured soloist with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra and Consortium Aurora Borealis, played in the band of Canadian guitarist Jesse Cook, and accompanied performances of the Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company in Toronto. He has also performed in the Montreal Flamenco Festival. With the help of grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts, Matt has produced two solo records (Nocturne and After Rain) and has written a suite of orchestral arrangements for his own guitar pieces. His next recording project is called North Shore and has been funded by the Ontario Arts Council. It will take place in summer 2018 and will be composed and recorded in the parks around Lake Superior. mattsellick.com
Derek Gray is an active Canadian percussionist and music educator who has travelled the world studying, performing and teaching. At home in Toronto, Derek works extensively as a bandleader, composer, and performing musician with countless projects including Georgian Bay, Synthesis, Ariko and Ventanas. derekgray.ca
Tamar Ilana - vocals/dance
Matt Sellick - Flamenco Guitar
Derek Gray - percussion
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