Tarta Relena was born in 2016 as a project of two singers interested in exploring the sounds of different styles of vocal acappella music. Tarta Relena's repertoire goes from oral music to original songs that are related to the geographical area of the Mediterranean. In the arrangements of Tarta Relena, the completely different timbres of the two voices are linked or knotted, flowing like water, or scratching like a steppe; they move away in sharp dissonance and later reunite, always looking for complexity in simplicity and the maximum expression with the minimum of elements.
Tarta Relena’s inspiration for Fiat Lux comes from historical characters, such as the Virgin Mary, Sappho of Lesbos and Hildegard of Bingen, and timeless verses that deal with the cyclic nature of the human experience. Singing in Catalan, Spanish, Greek, Latin, English, and even Sephardi, the language of Hispanic Jews, Tarta Relena explore a complex array of Latin cultures through the simplicity of voice. They draw from vocal techniques that range from flamenco to jazz, introducing elements of electronic music to redefine the melodies.
TARTA RELENA - Fiat Lux - US Tour 2023
03/22 - Minneapolis, MN, The Cedar
03/23 - Omaha, NE, Bemis Center
03/25 - Madison, IL, Art + Lit Lab
03/26 - Chicago, IL, Constellation
03/28 - Columbus, OH, Wexner Center for the Arts
03/30 - Brooklyn, NY, National Sawdust / WMI
03/31-04/01 - Knoxville, TN, Big Ears Festival
04/02 - Memphis, TN, Crosstown Arts
04/04 - Los Angeles, CA, Zebulon
04/07 - Portland, OR, The Old Church
04/08 - Seattle, WA, The Grotto at Rendezvous