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Mandolinist David Pelta-Tiller and violinist Enion Pelta-Tiller enlist a colorful cast of characters for Taarka's fifth CD, featuring 15 tracks that delve into their deep musical roots-Gypsy jazz, Celtic folk, bluegrass, chamber music, jazz, rock-to create a brave new sonic world. The high-energy group's artistic soul floats above geographic boundaries-part of the great collective of musicians who criss-cross the country, constantly revitalizing and reframing the sounds of Americana. It is this world (as well as an 1894 collection of poems by Bliss Carman and Richard Hovey titled Songs from Vagabondia) that inspired the title and eclectic mix of tunes that ensues. With its sparkling fiddle arpeggios and smoky vocals, the opening song, "Wandering," sweeps listeners into Adventures in Vagabondia.
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When the flood destroyed their house, Taarka turned to music
David Tiller and Enion Pelta-Tiller, the husband-and-wife team who make up the core of the Lyons-based group Taarka, lost their house when the St. Vrain River flooded in 2013. "Whether it was bad or good wasn't really the perspective; it was more just, ‘Wow!,'" Tiller says. "Definitely through the process after the flood, we found all kinds of beauty in it. Even watching the flood, it was amazing; ...
Taarka looks back at devastating Lyons flood / Colorado Public Radio
It was Sept. 11, 2013, and musicians David and Enion Pelta-Tiller had just returned to their "lovely house on the river," as Enion describes it. They had come back to Lyons from the road with their indie folk group, Taarka. That night, Enion was asleep with their 5-year-old son, Aesop. David was working in their recording studio, in another building closer to the St. Vrain River. A friend sent a text mes...
Flooding Taarka: New Album and tour / Albuquerque Journal
What if you were faced with flooding and only had 30 minutes to grab the essentials? It sounds like it is taken from a movie, but Tarkaa's David Tiller and Enion Pelta-Tiller experienced it firsthand in 2013. "Our house got washed down the river here in Lyons (Colo.)," Tiller says during a recent interview. "We had 30 minutes to escape and we got instruments. We were in our pajamas and the water ...
Taarka Releases New Album, 'Making Tracks Home,' on March 24 / Grateful Web
The title of Taarka's 2013 album, Adventures in Vagabondia, wound up being a little too autobiographical when David Tiller and Enion Pelta-Tiller, the couple forming the band's core, lost their home in Colorado's devastating floods that fall. Which might be why they went with Making Tracks Home for their March 24, 2015 release. After an experience like that, home becomes even more special - though they'r...
TAARKA: A new sound for 'Americana'
‘Adventures in Vagabondia w/Taarka,' is the 5th album from mandolinist David Pelta-Tiller and violinist Enion Pelta-Tiller is based on the late 19th Century poems by Bliss Carman and Richard Hovey titled ‘Songs from Vagabondia.' This is very energetic music, with great songs, a great feel, and a new sound for ‘Americana.'...