Acoustic power quartet Taarka captures an embraceable and multifaceted sound, deriving from influences that include bluegrass, pop rock, folk, old-time, Gypsy-Jazz, and Celtic, with energy, emotion, and “gravity-defying” talent (R2 Magazine, UK). Members include musical husband-wife duo David Tiller (mandolin, electric guitar, and vocals) and Enion Pelta-Tiller (five-string violin and vocals), with Troy Robey (bass, harmony vocals) and Mike Robinson (guitar, harmony vocals).
From the acoustic-rich hills of Colorado comes the accomplished alt. Americana band Taarka. Much like the sizzle of spices and the vibrating of strings implied by its Indian name, the band’s sound embodies passion, energy, and taste. Derived from members’ diverse influences – bluegrass, pop rock, folk, old-time, Gypsy-Jazz, and Celtic – the band ignites audiences with music that SF Weekly called “a collision of Django Reinhardt and David Grisman.”
An established performer at prominent festivals nationwide (High Sierra, Pagosa Folk n' Bluegrass, Mendocino Music Festival, Berkeley World Music Festival), Taarka continues to expand its appeal – recent tours have taken the band abroad to Spain and Canada – and its eclectic catalogue. Its latest album, Fading Mystery (March 10, 2017), is an organic collection of original music with gypsy jazz, pop and traditional inspirations. Featured tracks include the driving “Carried Away,” the jolly, folk-leaning “Polyamorous Polly Ann,” and the ethereal title track.
Its seventh studio album to date, Faded Mystery was recorded live near the banks of eastern Virginia’s Potomac River and masterfully produced by its own David Tiller (vocals, mandolin, electric guitar), who founded Taarka in 2001 with wife and musical partner Enion Pelta-Tiller (vocals, violin). Members also include award-winning jazz upright bassist Troy Robey (bass) and guitar prodigy Mike Robinson (guitar, vocals).
A musician and performer from his youth, Tiller is a master of mandolin, bass, tenor guitar, and bouzouki. Pelta-Tiller was born in San Francisco and raised in Oakland, Calif. A classically trained five-string violinist and vocalist, Pelta-Tiller has a voice that Grateful Web hailed, “reminiscent of Regina Spektor, with the vulnerability and slight hint of defiance that the comparison implies.”
After meeting in New York City, the young couple moved west as Taarka and, since 2006, has made their home in the music scene of Lyons, Colorado. “Their voices sound fantastic together …,” wrote No Depression regarding the great talent of this most musical duo, “Enion is a marvelous violin player, and David is her equal on mandolin.”
As a band, they have shared the stage with artists like Grateful Dead, Phish, Yonder Mountain String Band, Sufjan Stevens, and The Decembrists. Just this year, Taarka was featured in the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival and as part of the renowned “Bluegrass Underground.”
Taarka’s previous releases include See Gather for a Winter Garden (2010), Martian Picture Soundtrack (2007), Even Odd Bird (2004), Taarka (2002), Making Tracks Home (2015) and Adventures in Vagabondia (January 2013), from which the powerful acoustic rock instrumental, “A Whole New You,” was chosen and included as part of the soundtrack to “1971,” a nationally released, feature-length Maximum Pictures documentary.
Taarka’s live shows are euphonious affairs by pickers who are “gravity-defying in their dexterity” (R2 Magazine, UK). From their cords and from their strings, they envelop audiences with energy and emotion enough to light any fire.
Adventures In Vagabondia (January 2013)
Seed Gathering for a Winter Garden (2009)
The Martian Picture Soundtrack (2007)
The Trailer EP (2007)
Even Odd Bird (2004)
Man Chasing Woman Around Table (2003)
TAARKA Live in the Studio (2002)
Taarka will play 2 - 3 sets, 60 to 90 min each. (3 to 4 hours of music). Over 90% of our repertoire is original instrumental or vocal songs, with a few traditional Celtic and American songs and fiddle tunes, and adaptations of songs written by others.