What others are saying at shows:
“Is shredding the accordion a thing? Because I think that’s what just happened!”
"I had no idea the accordion could be COOL!"
"I didn't expect to like the accordion much, but man, Rob can really play and makes it sound really cool!"
"He's like the Bela Fleck of accordion.
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Rob Curto is an accordionist, pianist, composer, educator, and bandleader. When able to share physical location with bandmates, his current project is Fish Harmonics, a Philadelphia-based ensemble that plays adventurous, unabashedly accordion-focused American roots music that would have been diving into a GREAT Spring season right about now.
Influenced by celtic, old time, and modern bluegrass, the band brings a unique free-wheeling and improvisational energy to both classic tunes and original compositions. The sound echoes Rob's interests and experiences playing music around the world, highlighting the versatility and general awesomeness of both the accordion as an instrument and Rob as a masterful musician.
Rob plays hearty dose of originals and covers often played by Fish Harmonics, with some Classic Curto™ repertoire from Brazilian, blues, and jazz sounds, influenced by touring around the world 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. Ever driven by curiosity, Rob has recently picked up the B/C button accordion and studies traditional Irish music with All-Ireland champion and NEA Heritage Fellow, Billy McComiskey.
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