Concerts in the Courtyard
Fish Harmonics is the new musical project by accordionist Rob Curto. Based in Philadelphia, the group plays adventurous American roots music, influenced by modern bluegrass, old-time and Celtic sounds. Featuring Curto’s mastery of the piano and diatonic accordions, coupled with rhythmic arco bass playing and groove-oriented drumming, they bring a unique free-wheeling and improvisational energy to both classic tunes and original compositions. 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.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase.