RAQIA is an instrumental trio from Los Angeles consisting of guitarist Tad Piecka (Beware of Safety, Petrychor, Wizzrobe), violinist Gregory Allison (Eliza Rickman, Three for Silver), and keyboardist Jon Bernstein (Disparition, Welcome to Night Vale). Drawing influences from a wide array of genres including ambient, folk, world fusion, and jazz, RAQIA seeks to provide sanctuary and make connections with the natural world through music. Currently, they are on tour in California, Oregon, and Washington.
In an age of rising chaos and encroaching darkness, RAQIA seeks to create sanctuary and connection with the natural world through music. Weaving between structured compositions and open improvisation, this is music of and for the elements. Guitarist Tad Piecka, coming from a background of post-rock and black metal, here infuses his lightning fast finger-picking skills with a strain of folk and Americana, enhanced by his focus on the 12-string acoustic. Violinist Gregory Allison combines his experiences with folk and chamber pop with his training and background in Carnatic music, bringing a fluid and emotional fire to the group’s sound. Jon Bernstein, primarily known for ambient and cinematic soundscapes and sound design in the audio drama space, here focuses almost entirely on piano, drawing from styles that range from neoclassical to pop music. As a group, these three merge organically to create a new sound that acknowledge their diverse influences while establishing a space that is very much their own.