The core of Taarka hails from the acoustic-rich hills of Colorado. David Pelta-Tiller, Enion Pelta-Tiller and Troy Robey lead this spirited Americana band whose name brings to mind sizzling spices and vibrating strings. Both are fitting images for this group led by husband-and-wife team David Pelta-Tiller (mandolin, tenor guitar and vocals) and Enion Pelta-Tiller (five-string violin and vocals).
Taarka fills out its unique sound with prodigious young guitarist and excellent harmony singer Mike Robinson. Taarka's music explores bluegrass, pop rock, folk, old-time, gypsy jazz, and Celticâall from a string band setting.
Taarka's musical influences range from Romania to Appalachia, with many stops in between. Relayed instrumentally and lyrically, their sound evolves from life's experiences, which has unearthed deep wells of subject matter. They write and play honest music that is relatable to fans from several different camps.
Tiller, raised in bluegrass mecca Waterford, Virginia, is a singer and player from his youth and a master of mandolin, bass, tenor guitar and bouzouki. Classically trained five-string violinist and vocalist Pelta-Tiller was raised in Oakland, California, where she began musical studies at age three. "Their voices sound fantastic together," wrote magazine No Depression regarding the great talent of this musical couple. Troy Robey, an award-winning jazz upright bassist with strong roots in folk, bluegrass and rock, grew up in the Midwest while simultaneously honing his jazz chops and performing with everyone from members of Dark Star Orchestra to a wide assortment of jazz luminaries.
Taarka found a home in the welcoming music scene of Lyons, Colorado, which has embraced their sound and afforded them opportunities to share the stage with artists like the Grateful Dead, Phish, Yonder Mountain String Band, Sufjan Stevens and The Decemberists. Recently, Taarka was featured in the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival and as part of the PBS special "Bluegrass Underground."
The powerful acoustic rock instrumental track "A Whole New You" was included as part of the soundtrack to "1971," an award-winning documentary. Taarka's 2015 release "Making Tracks Home" is a bold exploration of their favorite genres. The lead track "Heart and Song" is an anthem that rings from the competent voice and pen of Pelta-Tiller, whom Grateful Web called "reminiscent of Regina Spektor, with the vulnerability and slight hint of defiance that the comparison implies."
When not on the road, the band is working on a new album planned for release by spring 2016.