Fish Harmonics are a Philadelphia-based ensemble, led by accordionist Rob Curto, that plays adventurous American roots music.
Influenced by modern bluegrass, old time, and celtic sounds, the band brings a unique free-wheeling and improvisational energy to both classic tunes and original compositions.
Featuring Curto’s mastery of the piano and diatonic accordions, coupled with rhythmic arco bass playing and groove-oriented drumming, the band is creating an exciting blend of sounds, both familiar and new.
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About Rob Curto
Rob Curto (composer/songwriter, piano and diatonic accordions) has spent the last 8 years touring extensively with his band Matuto, known for its distinctive “Brazilian-bluegrass” sound. Mixing the roots Americana stylings of the great Bill Monroe with rhythmic and melodic elements from Brazil, Curto has been part of a movement to establish the accordion as a versatile and important instrument in contemporary roots music.
In addition to Brazilian music, Curto has gained a reputation as an all-around master of the accordion and has been in high demand across genres. His musical collaborations include performing and recording with Latin Grammy award winner Lila Downs; Klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer; trumpeter/composer Frank London; Punjabi Indian singer Kiran Ahluwalia; and icon of Brazilian Forró, the great accordionist Dominguinhos. Curto is also an enthusiast of Irish button accordion and studies with acclaimed B/C box player and NEA National Heritage Fellow, Billy McComisky.
Curto has toured internationally including across Europe, Asia, and Africa, and has represented the United States State Department abroad. He has been a staple at festivals like Wintergrass, Red Wing Roots, and Rhythm and Roots, and made his Philadelphia Folk Festival debut with his band Forró for All in 2018.
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“The story of the accordion involves long journeys, unexpected connections, sublime mixtures and grand emotions. I hope, through my work, to be part of that story, and as this instrument has supported and carried me forward, to return the favor.”