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Primary Instrument: Accordion

New Yorker Rob Curto brings passion, energy and musicality to the accordion, shedding new light on the instrument’s many timbral and rhythmic possibilities. The Los Angeles Times writes that, “Curto’s originals..combine traditional authenticity with persuasive dashes of jazz.” An early devotee of North American swing music, bebop piano, funk, rock and blues; Curto combines these influences with his mastery of their South American counterparts forró, chorinho, samba, maracatu, frevo and the many other styles that belong the Brazilian accordion tradition. The result is completely original, authentic and stimulating to fans of all kinds, and has earned the accordion many a convert, who profess to having discovered a love for the instrument at one of his shows....
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“As America’s finest purveyors of the forró sound, New York funksters Rob Curto’s Forró For All combine a wildly imaginative jazz sensibility with their obvious reverence for traditional Brazilian get-down sounds and the fusion is exhilarating.” --San Francisco Bay Guardian

“The selections ranged from several marvelously atmospheric numbers by the great forró accordionist and composer Luiz Gonzaga to Curto's originals, which combine traditional authenticity with persuasive dashes of jazz. While the percussion rhythms were undeniably irresistible, it was the imaginative improvising that took the music well beyond the level of dance accompaniment.” --Los Angeles Times

“...Curto has earned a reputation as forró’s foremost ambassador in the states. His music, comprised of arrangements of traditional forró pieces and original compositions, is highly dynamic and innovative...” --Good Times (Santa Cruz)

“Encores were in order, as the crowd was disinclined to let the band leave. This is one band to mark calendars for the next time they pass through the area. You'll dance in your seat, you'll admire the cultural roots and the hot musicianship, and you'll clamor for more.” --Santa Barbara News Press

“…the group’s infectious forró compelled all in attendance to grab the person next to them and dance the night away.” --The Herald Times (Bloomington, Indiana)

“Forró For All is one of the more innovative bands to come out of NYC in recent years..After a few spins you'll realize Curto and his squeeze-box really drive the group. His speedy playing is brilliant, and he deserves credit for gathering together some of New York's and Brazil's most talented musicians.” --NOW Magazine (Toronto)

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