The high-energy gypsy-jazz string band Taarka will make a rare West Coast appearance at 7:30 p.m. Friday at a house concert in Grass Valley.
Taarka is a virtuosic ensemble of 5-string violin, mandolin, guitar, string bass and vocals, weaving the sounds of old and new from world, folk, celtic, bluegrass, jazz and classical with rock energy and master musicianship.
San Francisco Weekly described their sound as “a collision of Django Reinhardt and David Grisman.”
Taarka’s foundation is the husband-and-wife duo of David Tiller and Enion Pelta-Tiller from Lyons, Colo. In Grass Valley, they will be joined by bassist Sean Peterson.
David, a versatile picker raised in Virginia on a steady diet of bluegrass, Celtic, classical and gypsy jazz, and Enion, a classically trained violinist who can switch seamlessly between Bartók and bebop (not to mention gypsy jazz, punk, rock, bluegrass) began their journey together in 2001.
After meeting at a Brooklyn gig, the two began busking in the New York City subway before hitting the road as Taarka.
As for the origin of the name, they list several intriguing explanations on their website.
There is a suggested donation of $20.
All proceeds go to the performers.
For reservations and more information, email Joyce Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-272-6498.
The concert starts at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 7.
Learn more about the band at http://www.taarka.com/about/.