Taarka is a Colorado-based folk/jazz quintet, formed in 2001. Although the bassists and percussionists vary, the band's two founders, the husband/wife team Enion Pelta-Tiller (violin) and David Tiller (mandolin) are always a part of the Taarka experience.
In 2000, David Tiller's band, ThaMuseMeant, took a hiatus and Tiller moved to New York City. In New York, Tiller met Enion Pelta through a band called Brooklyn Browngrass. Tiller and Pelta started playing and writing together in early 2001, and shortly after the couple moved to Oregon. In the coming months, Taarka was formed. In 2002, Taarka: Live In the Studio was recorded and released, and although it is currently out of print, it is still available for digital download on iTunes. In 2003, ThaMuseMeant re-formed with a new member: Enion Pelta–Tiller on violin, David Tiller's new wife. In the same year, the Tillers released an acoustic duo album, Man Chasing Woman around Table. On the Frogville Records website, Man Chasing Woman is listed as being out of print, but "maybe available for download soon" . With 2004 came two new albums; ThaMuseMeant's Silver Seed and Taarka's Even Odd Bird. Even Odd Bird is the oldest album by Taarka that is currently available for sale on their website. After constant touring for several years, Taarka announced in early 2007 that a new album and EP were to be released that year, titled The Trailer and The Martian Picture Soundtrack. Both the EP and the album featured renowned bluegrass fiddler Darol Anger on "The Creepy", a song written by David Tiller, and Joe Craven ("Tutu Tango") and Casey Driessen ("Lonely Woman") were featured on the album.