VENTANAS with special guest

The Cedar Presents

VENTANAS with special guest

Tue, February 28, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Cedar Cultural Center

Minneapolis, MN

$12 Advance / $15 Day of show

This event is all ages

This is a seated show.

Tickets are available online, by phone, ​and at Depth of Field, Electric Fetus, and The Cedar during shows.


Singer/dancer Tamar Ilana has lived and breathed traditional Mediterranean and Balkan music from girlhood, traveling and performing with her ethnomusicologist/singer mother. Her trans-Mediterranean ensemble Ventanas, founded in 2011, fuse passion and intimate dialogue, embracing the varied instrumental and melodic traditions of North Africa, the Balkans, Turkey and Spain to create fresh interpretations and original songs. Oud, baglama, darbuka, and percussive flamenco footwork intertwine with surprising harmony, joy and yearning. This unusual musical mix garnered the group two Canadian Folk Music Award nominations in 2015 for their album Arrelumbre.

Though they sprang from the same Spanish soil and from closely related languages, flamenco and Sephardic Jewish song could not be more different. Flamenco burns with passion and fury, and performances reach an emotional fever pitch. Sephardic singers let the wry tales in songs speak for themselves, with reserved precision.

It’s the tension between the two that fires Toronto-based singer Tamar Ilana’s imagination.“I have given up on purity,” laughs Ilana. “I take from both, draw on both the story and the emotion. I infuse flamenco feeling into Sephardic stories, and vice versa.”

Tamar Ilana and Ventanas brave new ground with their latest album Arrelumbre, and the result is a sound unlike anything else you’ll hear this year.
Steven Hobert (piano, accordion) has teamed up with Krissy Bergmark (tablas) and Ben Abrahamson (guitar) to explore a blend of flamenco, Indian Classical and jazz music. Their music flows with meditative sensitivity to fiery grooves.
Venue Information:
Cedar Cultural Center
416 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN, 55454


Ticket options and info

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets are not always available at Depth of Field, Electric Fetus & The Cedar.

Check the top of this page under the “Buy Tickets” button for up-to-date ticket information.

  • Phone: 612-338-2674 ext 0 between 12 noon and 4pm M-F ($2 fee per ticket)
  • In person: Tickets can be purchased at The Cedar when we are open for shows. Check our calendar for show dates and door times  (no fee; cash, check, credit card). Our other ticket outlets are Depth of Field (no fee; cash or check only), and Electric Fetus (approximately $2 fee).
  • Online: (On Ticketfly, typically $2–$3 fee/ticket + $1 restoration fee) until 2 hours before door time on day of show
  • The Cedar is an all ages venue
  • Discounts: Students with ID, seniors over 65, and children under 12 may purchase tickets at a discount at the door (subject to ticket availability).
  • Access: The Cedar strives to make our facilities and programming available to as many community members as possible and will accommodate special requests to the best of our ability. To request special accommodations or seating at an upcoming Cedar show, please contact our box office at 612-338-2674 or