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An evening with Taarka:
Saturday, July 5 • 7:30 p.m. Harbor Performing Arts Center, 97900 Shopping Center Ave., Harbor.
Stagelights and Friends of Music present an evening with Taarka, an acclaimed 4-piece modern string and gypsyjazz band that will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 5 at the Harbor Performing Arts Center.
Fronted by married musical couple Enion and David Tiller, the Colorado-based group of top-flight musicians spins acoustic gypsy-jazz jams that draw from jazz, bluegrass, pop rock, celtic and classical music.
Tickets are $15 and available in advance at the Curry Coastal Pilot, 507 Chetco Ave., Brookings. The door open at 7 p.m. The theater is located at 97900 Shopping Center Ave. Watch videos at www.stagelights.us/concerts. Call 541-373-3727.
Described by SF Weekly as a “collision of Django Reinhardt and David Grisman,” Taarka is the new acoustic “supergroup” (Flagstaff Live) “presenting masterfully deep americana and gypsyjazz string band music.”
David Pelta-Tiller (mandolin, tenor guitar, vocals) and Enion Pelta-Tiller (five-string violin, vocals) will be joined by bassist Troy Robey and guitarist Ross Martin (Matt Flinner Trio).
David is a versatile picker raised in Virginia on a steady diet of bluegrass, Celtic, classical and gypsyjazz, while Enion is a classically-trained violinist who can switch seamlessly between Bartók and bebop — not to mention gypsy jazz, punk, rock, bluegrass. The pair began their journey together in 2001, after meeting at a Brooklyn Browngrass gig. They began a Gypsy jazz busker act in the New York City subway before hitting the road as Taarka.
Taarka has lately been gaining notice for its songwriting, which is influenced by the likes famous songwriters such as Darrell Scott, Greg Brown, James McMurtry, and Nathan Moore.
The groups fifth studio album, Adventures in Vagabondia, was released in 2013, but the band is known more for it’s exciting live shows.
Of Taarka’s performance at the Oregon Country Fair, Synthesis Magazine wrote, “Taarka combined Roma, Klezmer and jazz, infusing their rousing and exciting tunes with breakneck Zappa-esque breakdowns and insurmountable gusto. Regardless of your particular musical tastes, Taarka is a band that simply must be witnessed.”
David and Enion have performed with members of the Grateful Dead, Phish, String Cheese Incident, Yonder Mountain String Band, as well as Darol Anger, Joe Craven, Keller Williams, Steve Kimock, Taj Mahal and Widespread Panic.
Taarka has performed at major festivals across the country including High Sierra, Joshua Tree Music Festival, Sisters Folk Festival, Telluride Bluegrass, Bumbershoot, Seattle Folklife, Nedfest, San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival and The Millpond Folk Festival.