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111. S. Livingston St. Suite 100
Madison, WI 53703

Auricle, the experimental sound and music series, presents Catalan vocal duo Tarta Relena at Arts + Literature Laboratory.
*Tickets are $15 ($10 student/ALL member) in advance online at, and $20 at the door for everyone. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

Tarta Relena is Marta Torrella (voice and electronics) and Helena Ros (voice and electronics). Tarta Relena was born in 2016 as a project of two singers to explore a cappella the sonorities of different styles of vocal music. Far from wanting to create a stamp of the traditional and to define the Mediterranean, Tarta Relena wants to make its own repertoire that goes from the music of oral tradition to songs of authors that in one way or another are related to the geographical area of the Mediterranean. 

Tarta Relena sings from the perspective that what we call folklore is a living and moving repertoire. Therefore, this reality is moldable and can be reinterpreted with the instruments and sonorities that we now have within our reach. A key tool is the electronics with which they re-signify the melodies without leaving aside their origins. The study and knowledge of the path and the contexts that have given rise to this music opens the doors of experimentation toward new meanings. In Tarta Relena's work there is also a desire to play at blurring the concept of authorship, bringing together anonymous traditional melodies and newly created songs under the same umbrella, treating them in the same way, and placing oral transmission, the central element of tradition, at the center. 

"Tarta Relena have made a feature out of their breathing, converting what most singers regard as a musical by-product into a captivating highlight of their highly rewarding debut album. This attention to detail is typical of Tarta Relena, if we can say anything is typical of two musicians who once dubbed their music “progressive Gregorian” and who tackle everything from traditional Georgian song to composition by 12th century Benedictine abbess Hildegard von Bingen." --Ben Cardew, Pitchfork