Taarka transports the listener, creating a delightful goulash of harmony, rhythm and texture, draws on the traditions of jazz, Celtic, classical, bluegrass, Middle Eastern, funk, and klezmer music for its original compositions.


Taarka, led by David Tiller and Enion Pelta, is the natural next step in the evolution of the band. The new incarnation features the same high-energy performance and innovative compositions, but expands the musical canvas by drawing on the talents of a select group of rhythm masters, creating new layer and textures\ and new freedom within the music.

David Tiller, mandolinist and Enion Pelta, violinist began playing and writing together in the spring of 2001. They met through a Williamsburg, Brooklyn-based band called Brooklyn Browngrass. They moved to Oregon to continue to develop their unique sound. Presently, the rhythm sections for TAARKA consist of Damien Erskine (Everyone Orchestra Core-Tet) on six-string electric bass or Jason Flores on upright acoustic bass, and Dale Largent (Coyo) on percussion and drums.

In their first 6 months out west, they were very well received at festivals up and down the coast such as High Sierra Music Festival, Northwest Folklife, Bumbershoot, Oregon Country Fair, a String Cheese Incident Festival, and a number of other festivals in the Northwest. In their subsequent two years of touring from Seattle to the Southwest, they have revisited these festivals, playing better stages and drawing larger crowds. In their 2-year history performing as a duo and with their full band, TAARKA they have produced 3 cds of original material, of which well over 4000 units have been sold. Most sales were at live performances, or from website sales, and presently they are in playlist rotation of many independent and college radio stations up and down the West Coast.

Taarka has shared stages and performed on stage with notable artists including: Leftover Salmon, Yonder Mountain String Band, Steve Kimock, Garaj Mahal, Tony Furtado, Darol Anger, The Slip, The Motet, Danny Barnes, Dan Bern, Kaki King and many more. At their first High Sierra Music Festival, no one less than Col. Bruce Hampton of the Code Talkers and Aquarium Rescue Unit called TAARKA his "favorite band of the festival, " and then accurately guessed all of their birth dates.


Even Odd Bird (2004)

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