CASATA is DeLeon’s re-imagining of ancient melodies into contemporary indie-rock pieces. The band’s groundbreaking global pop sound successfully marries ancient Sephardic melodies with the celebratory symphony of modern life. Elements of African guitar funk and doo-wop come together in one song, while Ladino-English lyrics preside over another. Stories of wedding celebrations, forsaken lovers, and the births of biblical prophets are all told through upbeat, roaring, rocking melodies that even at their quietest banjo-picking moments, still make you move.
DeLeon is front-man Daniel Saks, along with bandmates Kevin Snider, Justin Riddle, Amy Crawford and Andrew Oom.