Tamar Ilana – singer/dancer
Tamar Ilana is an internationally renowned award-winning vocalist in over 20 languages and a mesmerizing flamenco dancer. Tamar grew up on stage and on the road as the daughter of a travelling ethnomusicologist and is of Jewish, Indigenous, Romanian and Scottish descent. Her global music project, Tamar Ilana & Ventanas, has released three albums and received four CFMA nominations. In 2020, Tamar co-founded fabcollab.ca to showcase BIPOC, female-identifying and minority artists online.
Nicolás Hernández – flamenco guitar
With over 30 years of experience under his fingers, Nicolás’ style has evolved into a distinctive, modern voice in the flamenco genre. His debut CD “Buscando mi voz” won a Just Plain Folks Award for Best Flamenco Album in 2009 and his second CD “Rupakerías” was released in 2018. One of the tunes from his Rupakerias album, “Mociones y Emociones”, was featured in a short film by RealD which was shown at film festivals in the USA and Europe and used as a promotion for RealD’s 3D capabilities for the film industry. The highlights of Nicolás’ career include performing a trio version of his debut CD at the Montreal Jazz Festival in 2007, sharing a Dora Mavor Moore Award (with Chuscales) for Outstanding Sound Design/Composition Dance in 2015 and sharing a total of 6 nominations in the same category for six different productions between 2007 and 2013.
Chendy León – percussion
Born and raised in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba, Chendy grew up watching and playing most Cuban percussion instruments with his father, Rosendo León Sanchez, and dancing with his Mother, Maria J. Arocha Martinez. By 18, he began his professional career, performing and recording with many Cuban artists such as Yagrumas Jazz Band, Rodolfo Chacon, Melao Son, Roberto Javier, Rojitas & su Grupo and the Metropolis. In 1998 he was given the opportunity to participate in the production of the music for a Cuban documentary, Policlinico Infernal, which was nominated for an Oscar. He has also collaborated with Cuban icons Pancho Amat and Silvio Rodrigues.