Rob Curto (Accordion/Piano/Composer) is widely regarded as the foremost ambassador of Brazilian Forro, in the United States. An early devotee of American swing music, jazz piano, rock and blues, he has combined these influences with his mastery of the Brazilian counterparts forro, choro and samba to produce stunning new results. He has performed extensively in Brazil, completely absorbing and interpreting the country's musical traditions. From 2004 to 2011, Rob toured extensively with Grammy Award winning Latin singer Lila Downs, and clarinetist David Krakauer, and other world musician luminaries. Rob's band Matuto has been selected as Cultural Ambassadors by the US State Department and most recently toured in Thailand, Cambodia, China, Azerbaijan and Georgia. In the spring of 2017 Rob will be teaching songwriting through Carnegie Hall's Lullaby Project.