Adventurers through the many landscapes of world and American music, veterans of 1000-year floods and veggie oil tour buses, and relentless explorers of the inner worlds, the intrepid travelers in CO-based Taarka spin stories and melodies that transport audiences to a new and magical world.
Taarka’s founders and leaders are heirs to both the jazz-grass institution of new acoustic music created by the David Grisman Quintet and the compositional-yet-soulful songwriting traditions of the late 1960s. David (voice, mandolin, octave mandolin, guitar) and Enion Pelta-Tiller (voice, 5-string violin) seamlessly fuse “gravity-defying” (R2, UK) instrumental chops with songwriting of great depth and creativity, cooking up musical “sustenance that stays with you long after you’ve pushed away from the table.” (Westword, Denver).
18 year veterans of the diverse American acoustic music landscape, with 7 studio albums under their belts, Taarka has been a featured artist at festivals and venues as diverse as The Festival Internacional de Chihuahua (MX), MusicFest Vancouver (CA), The Britt Festivals in Southern Oregon, Bluegrass Underground at Cumberland Caverns, Music City Roots, Philadelphia Folk Society, the historic Caffe Lena, Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, Millpond Music Festival, Oregon Country Fair, Mendocino Music Festival, Sisters Folk Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, and Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and the band’s music has been highlighted in films such as the 2015 documentary “1971.” The band and its members have produced and performed with Jackie Green, Lukas Nelson, Yonder Mountain String Band, Elephant Revival, the Decembrists and many others, backed up Peter Rowan and Darol Anger, and improvised on stage with the Travelin’ McCourys, members of the Grateful Dead and Phish. Dedicated and gifted teachers as well as performers, Enion and David offer workshops at music schools and camps and have taught at Mark O’Connor’s String Conference in San Diego to Escola Municipal de Musica Folk e Tradicional in Vigo, Spain and many others.