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Tune in: https://www.facebook.com/CityHallLiveOnline/videos/ Donate: https://unisonfund.ca/donations/spotify Alexis Baro was born into a musical family in Havana, Cuba. Classically trained, he took up the trumpet at the age of age 8 and completed his musical education receiving a teaching certification at the prestigious Amadeo Roldán Music Conservatory in Havana. While in school he became a member of the Buena Vista Social Club super star Omara Portuondo's band, and later at the age of 19 played lead trumpet for the National Radio and Television Orchestra.After moving to Toronto, Canada in 2001, he was discovered by iconic Canadian jazz drummer Archie Alleyne where he florished as a writer and performer for eight years as a member of the Canadian award winning 'hard-bop" band Kollage. As a band member he was nominated for “Best Jazz Trumpeter” by the Canadian National Jazz Awards in the years 2006, 2007, and 2008. Baro has participated in more than 80 albums and can be heard as a feature solist on some of the most transcendent Latin albums made in Canada such as Hilario Duran’s Grammy Award nominated album “From The Heart”.He has performed with such artists as Nikky Yanofsky, David Foster, Michael Bubble, Paul Anka, Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Brian Blade, Paquito d' Rivera, Jimmy Bosch, Miguel Zenon, Hilario Duran, Robi Botos, Jesus Alemaney & Cubanismo, David Virelles, Andrea Boccelli, Gino Vanelli, Esthero, David Rudder, Juan de Marco & The Afro-Cuban All Stars, and Horacio "el negro" Hernandez.Highlights in his solo career include opening for Herbie Hancock, and tours of South America and the West Indies. He’s released six albums as a solo artist “Havana Banana”, “From the Other Side”, “Blue Skin”, “Guilty Pleasure” ( Gold Medal “Global Music Award), "Sugar Rush" and his Juno Award Nominated 2018 release "Sandstorm". Web: https://www.alexisbaro.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alexis.baro.5Find out more »
Tune in: https://www.facebook.com/CityHallLiveOnline/videos/ Donate: https://unisonfund.ca/donations/spotify Tamar Ilana is a fiery flamenco dancer and powerful multi-lingual vocalist who has been touring the world since the age of five. With her band Ventanas, she has recorded three albums and been nominated for four Canadian Folk Music Awards. Since the Coronavirus pandemic struck Toronto, Tamar has continued her role as a pivotal presence in the International music community, performing online as a part of the Aga Khan Museum’s Pocket Performance Series, the Wales International Storytelling Festival, the Wanderings Podcast based out of Kiev, and daily live Instagram improvisational sets where she is creating her new electro-acoustic world sound. Tamar is also keeping busy as Artist Liaison with the URGNT Live online venue. Tamar is of Jewish-Indigenous-Romanian-Scottish descent, and she derives inspiration from her personal and cultural history growing up in the multicultural city of Toronto; accompanying her ethnomusicologist mother on fieldwork expeditions as a child; and living in Ibiza, Barcelona, Paris and Seville as a teen and young adult. Tamar has also appeared in award-winning international musical theatre productions such as Counting Sheep Revolution and Yaël Farber’s Salomé and has recently collaborated with Jesse Cook, Jaffa Road, Esmeralda Enrique, Sultans of String and the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra. tamarilana.com @tamarilanaFind out more »