new accordion sounds from Brazil
The accordion has a special place in Brazilian music, especially the music of the northeast. Rob Curto has entered that place with passion and talent, absorbing the instrument’s rich musical traditions, and exploring its endless possibilities. Whether interpreting the great Brazilian composers like Luiz Gonzaga and Dominguinhos, or performing his original compositions, Rob’s mastery of the instrument is superb; his playing and arrangements are lyrical, melodic, beautifully harmonic. Rob’s forthcoming CD, featuring his own Brazilian ensemble, showcases a style called “forró novo” or “neo forró” — paralleling innovators in other genres of world music who are evolving traditions without betraying them.
Based in New York, Rob is also an accomplished pianist. He travels regularly to Brazil and has toured the world from Israel to Japan, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Holland, and the Czech Republic.
More about Rob Curto:
Rob began his musical career in jazz, studying with Barry Harris, Fred Hirsch and Cliff Korman. He soon began delving into world music and world-influenced jazz. His first CD, “Bellow the Earch” is an exploration of European traditional music including styles as diverse as celtic, French musette, Italian tarantella, and Scandinavian folk music. But his love for Brazilian music pulled him more and more in that direction, and he soon was dedicating himself intensely to that.
Rob is closely involved with Brazilian music both in Brazil and in New York. In New York he is a founding member of a new forró band (dance music from the northeast of Brazil). Rob also works with the New York Choro Ensemble, pianist Cliff Korman and “The Brazilian Tinge”, and in a long-time collaboration with guitarist Billy Newman.
In Brazil he is a member of the Brasilia-based group Choro de Calango, the forró band Trio Perfumado, has played with members of Nó em Pingo d’Agua and Dois de Ouro, and has his own band based in Brasilia. Rob has also performed in Brazil with musicians such as Leandro Braga, Adriano Giffoni and Marcio Bahia.
As a composer, in addition to writing for his own recordings, Rob has composed music for the Jim Henson Productions television program “Bear in the Big Blue House” currently aired on the Disney Channel, and “Biography” on Arts and Entertainment network.
Rob has performed his own music at the Conservatorio Pernambucano in Recife, Brazil (August 2001) and in Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia. He works with world-music artists such as Turkish musician Omar Faruk Tekbilek, tarantella percussionist and singer Alessandra Belloni, klezmer and jazz clarinetist David Krakauer, Frank London of the Klezmatics, and Fernando César of the choro group Dois de Ouro.
Festivals and concerts:
Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, 2002, w/ Cliff Korman and “The Brazilian Tinge”)
Yiddishkayt (Los Angeles, 2002, with David Krakauer)
Heartheworld Music Festival (Tel Aviv, Israel, 2001, with Omar Faruk Tekbilek)
Graz Meeting (Graz, Austria, 2001, with David Krakauer)
Makor (New York City, 2002, with Cliff Kormanand “The Brazilian Tinge”)
Guggenheim Museum World Beat Jazz Series (New York, 2000, Rob Curto Trio)
Opening act for Ani DiFranco (1999)
Solo Tour of Japan (1997)
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (1998)
Newport Folk Festival (1992, 1993)
Ellen Azorin, President
Cantaloupe Music Productions, Inc.
Music sample (original compositions except as noted):
• Tempero De Galeto:
• Valsa Pra Beleza:
• Forró Em Nova York:
• Esquina Com 28 (Ivo Moura):
• Di Menor (Guinga):