Enion Pelta-Tiller and David Tiller pull musical influences from David Grisman, Darol Anger and Django Reinhardt.

Seismic gypsy hypno-jazz

Husband and wife duo Enion Pelta-Tiller (violins, vocals) and David Tiller (guitars, mandolin, vocals) are the backbone of Taarka, a Colorado-based folk and jazz unit that pulls from influences such as Django Reinhardt's Hot Club of France, David Grisman and early Bela Fleck for its innovative music.

The two began playing and writing music together in 2001, after they met through a band called Brooklyn Browngrass. They moved to Oregon and formed the first incarnation of Taarka with Jarrod Kaplan (percussion) and James Whiton (bass). After almost six years, the Tillers moved to Colorado to explore American acoustic music in one of its heartlands.

Taarka will perform at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 3, at the Siskiyou Pub, 31B Water St., Ashland. Although the musicians that accompany the Tillers' shows vary, a Taarka experience is one that should appeal to anyone who appreciates diversity, sweet melodies and solid musicianship.

"Dale Largent, who we've worked with for several years, will be joining us on percussion," says Pelta-Tiller. "And cellist Daniel Plane. We've been wanting to add a cello to our arrangements for some time," she says.

"Daniel hits the sound that we've been looking for, along the style of Rushad Eggleston, who played with Darol Anger's Republic of Strings."

Taarka and its lead composers have released four albums that represent the different faces of the group: "Taarka Live in the Studio" in 2002; an acoustic duo album titled "Man Chasing Woman Around Table" in 2003; "Even Odd Bird" in 2004; and its newest, "Martian Picture Soundtrack," in 2007.

"Martian Picture Soundtrack" features appearances by Darol Anger and Joe Craven, alumni of the David Grisman Quintet, and by Nashville fiddler Casey Driessen. The recording includes eight new instrumentals and, for the first time, vocal performances by the Tillers.

Cover for the show at the Siskiyou Pub is $10. Call 482-7718.

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