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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.
The trio is currently working on their sophomore album which is set to be released Fall 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 - November 2017)
Spring 2018 Home Routes Tour AB route (12 shows)
Summer 2018 Western Canadian Tour (8 shows)
Fall/Winter 2018 Eastern Canadian Tour (14 shows)
Manitoba Arts Network Spring 2019 Tour (6 shows)
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)