Grackle” is an original 6-piece band based out of Louisville, Kentucky. Formed in 2015, they released their 10-song debut album, Wintergarden (Available through all major digital media outlets - e.g., iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody) in 2016. The band is comprised of Steve Katsikas (vocals, keyboards), Jeff Gard (Drums), Steve Dietrich (Bass), Myra Kean (violin, saxophone and flute), Kay Holsclaw (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, flute, and 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. Adding Dietrich, the band performed for a year as a trio and, most recently, added backing vocalist Joanna Katsikas, violinist/sax/flute Myra Kean, and cellist Kay Holsclaw to round out their sound. Their sophomore album, The Quiet Noise, was released in September of 2018.