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Like three hearts beating in perfect time, the music of CASATI is a living thing, constantly changing, evolving and reinventing itself. Grace Hrabi, Jesse Popeski & Quintin Bart search for stories waiting to be told and collaborate in bringing them to life. Songs about love found or lost, cautionary tales of time slipping away or even a whimsical tune about bicycle rides.

CASATI began as The Grace Hrabi trio, arranging jazz standards and dabbling in songwriting on their release Afraid of Heights (2014).  As the band made collaborating on original music their priority CASATI found its own voice as a unique blend of folk and jazz that strikes a balance between sincere and direct words supported by musical inventiveness.  CASATI brings their music to life with lush three part harmonies and rich textures created with ukulele, guitar, double bass sometimes a hurdy-gurdy.   

Audiences have come to expect complete honesty from CASATI and the trio unwaveringly delivers in their lyrics and banter.  The band tells stories to set the tone of the songs, engaging the audience before a single note has been played.  The lyrics are not used to mask the meaning but to elaborate on it.  CASATI’s songs cover a range of emotions, from realizations that took years to put into words to moments of pure happiness and humour, painting a complete picture of life.   

CASATI focuses on making every piece a collaboration between all three artists. It is extremely important to the trio that each arrangement represents all three artistic voices and therefore some arrangements can take months to develop.  The culmination of these pieces is captured on CASATI’s debut album, “There Will Be Days,”  released April 2017.

Grace Hrabi  Vocals, Ukulele

Grace Hrabi
Vocals, Ukulele

Jesse Popeski  Guitar, Vocals

Jesse Popeski
Guitar, Vocals

Quintin Bart  Double Bass, Hurdy-Gurdy, Vocals

Quintin Bart
Double Bass, Hurdy-Gurdy, Vocals

Kind words of others

CASATI are making intelligent, genre-bending work which shows great dedication and potential. We’re inspired by their collaborative musicality, and are very excited to hear their upcoming recording.
— Christine Fellows & John K. Samson
CASATI offers creative originality with captivating quirk, huge stylistic range, masterful execution, and the kind of tight ensemble playing that only comes from years spent creating and performing together. These guys are great.
— Raine Hamilton
CASATI combines the imagination of a child with the insight of an adult and the manual dexterity of three highly skilled musicians - it’s such a treat to hear them play!
— Madeleine Roger (Roger Roger)
I didn’t cry during CASATI, you did.
— Terry Savage (Terry Savage and the Wonky Honkees)

Patron saint of infinite variety The Marchesa Luisa Casati fearlessly followed Art across every style and medium. 
The band approaches Music with the same open mind.

watercolour art by Jolene Kaminski