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October, 2012:

Rousing Gypsy and Other String-Band Sounds from Taarka Coming to Alamosa, Colo.

David and Enion Pelta-Tiller: Taarka

Described by SF Weekly as a “collision of Django Reinhardt and David Grisman,” the acoustic string duo Taarka is coming to Alamosa, along with virtuoso bassist Eric Thorin, presented by the Alamosa Live Music Association (ALMA) and the Adams State University Music Dept., Thu., Nov. 8, 7pm, at Adams State University’s Leon Memorial Hall.

Taarka features the husband-and-wife team of David Pelta-Tiller, on mandolin, tenor guitar and vocals and Enion Pelta-Tiller, on five-string violin and vocals. David, a versatile picker raised on a steady diet of bluegrass, Celtic, classical and jazz, and Enion, a classically-trained violinist who can switch seamlessly between Bartók and bebop, not to mention Gypsy jazz, punk, rock and bluegrass, have been playing together since 2001.

The band’s calling card is its colorful live show. At the Oregon Country Fair, “Taarka began driving the crowd into a frenzy. They combined Roma, Klezmer and jazz, infusing their rousing and exciting tunes with breakneck Zappa-esque breakdowns and insurmountable gusto,” according to “Synthesis” magazine. “Regardless of your particular musical tastes, Taarka is a band that simply must be witnessed,” the publication also said. Sophisticated listeners will be able to distill flavors of Western and Eastern folk traditions, jazz, rock, bluegrass, old-time, Gypsy, Indian, and Celtic styles in their mix.

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Even though they’re from Italy, it’s the great American melting pot of music that gives different overtones to the quartet RAB4. As part of their southwestern U.S. tour, RAB4 brings their folk-rock emotions to the soulful high desert of Alamosa, Colo., at Milagros Coffeehouse, on the corner of State Ave. and Main St., Fri., Oct. 12 at 7pm.

RAB4 honed their skills during years of gigging in Italy and abroad, in countries including the USA, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland and Iceland. Rock’n’roll, R&B, folk and blues are deeply rooted in this quartet’s DNA, but the band has found an unique, personal take on these styles.

RAB4’s repertoire, a mixture of American classics and originals in English, displays intimate and almost totally acoustic moments as well as raw, rock-blues sounds and grooves. The band is made up of talented veterans of the European rock scene, playing the classic rock instrumental line-up of two guitars, bass and drums, with vocals.

Admission is a suggested donation of $5 and an item for the SLV Food Banks, but no one will be turned away from the show.