“Grackle” is an original 6-piece band based out of Louisville, Kentucky. Formed in 2015, they released their 10-song debut album, Wintergarden in 2016 and sophomore effort, The Quiet Noise, in 2018 (Available through all major digital media outlets - e.g., iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody). The band is comprised of Steve Katsikas (vocals, keyboards), Jeff Gard (Drums), Rob Payne (Bass), Myra Kean (violin, saxophone and flute), Travis Carlisle (Cello) and Joanna Katsikas (vocals). The band creates a style of music that is somewhat outside the mainstream (though might be described as “piano-driven indie rock”). Accessible melodies are couched in keyboard-driven compositions that twist-and-turn through dense arrangements and atmospheric interludes. The band is “proudly guitarless” and integrates cello, violin, saxophone and flute harp into their arrangements. The band has performed regularly since 2015, including shows in Louisville, Chicago, and Cincinnati. The band was formed by Katsikas and Gard, who had played together in the avant-garde jazz rock band, French TV, and were looking to collaborate on a series of compositions that were more singer-songwriter driven. The band performs in a full “electric” format or can scale back into a smaller “acoustic ensemble”.