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This Is Just To Say was recorded the way the band rehearses: standing just a few feet apart, facing each other, playing and singing live with no overdubs. The record captures the organic, acoustic feel of seeing Casati live in a small, cozy venue, much like the coffeeshops, house concerts, and theatres the band have visited on tours across Canada in the last two years. The album was recorded at Paintbox Recording in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with engineer Lloyd Peterson (JP Hoe, The Wailin’ Jennys) capturing the music with clarity and warmth.
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 focus, Casati found its voice as a unique blend of all the music that inspires them: the heartbreak of a country ballad, the vocal harmonies of 1950s and 60s pop, and the instrumental virtuosity of jazz and classical music, creating a sound that is familiar yet original. Because of their acoustic instrumentation and the storytelling quality of their songwriting, Casati is best characterized as a folk trio with an open mind.
Their debut album as Casati, There Will Be Days, was released in March 2017, and spent 23 weeks on the Earshot! charts. In the two years following the release, Casati performed at many of Manitoba’s best summer festivals, including the TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival, Winnipeg Fringe Festival, Morden Corn and Apple, Rainbow Trout, Real Love, Whoop & Hollar, and Saskatchewan’s All Folk’d Up; the band toured across Canada, performing over 50 dates outside of their home province; they released artistic music videos for their songs The Void and Train, featuring animation and visuals by the band; and they participated in the Manitoba Showcase, resulting in a six concert tour of the province in spring 2019.
The twelve tracks on the band’s new album were inspired by the people and places the band encountered on the road while sharing their music. All three band members wrote songs for the album, taking turns in the spotlight singing lead vocals. The first single ‘Caught Off Guard’ is a song about letting go of grudges, and shows the band at their most dynamic, shifting abruptly between quiet and loud sections.
This Is Just To Say will be available on Spotify, Apple Music, and other digital retailers and streaming services on Friday, September 20th, 2019.
2017-2019 Career Highlights
"There Will Be Days" Album Release March 2017
Western Canadian Tour Spring 2017 (12 shows)
Gimli Canada Day Celebration
Rainbow Trout Music Festival 2017
Fall 2017 Western Canadian Tour (11 shows)
23 weeks on the Earshot Charts
2017/18 Winnipeg Jazz Festival
2017/18 Winnipeg Fringe Festival
All Folk’d Up Music Festival 2018
Whoop & Hollar Music Festival 2018
Indie Week Toronto (Semi-Finalist - Nov 2017)
2018 Home Routes Tour AB route (12 shows)
Summer 2018 Western Canadian Tour (8 shows)
Winter 2018 Eastern Canadian Tour (14 shows)
Manitoba Arts Network 2019 Tour (6 shows)
Summer 2019 Western Canadian Tour (11 shows)
Fall 2019 Western Canadian Tour (TBA)
Spring 2020 Home Routes Tour (TBA)
What People Have to Say About Casati
"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."
“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)