Fish Harmonics are a Philadelphia-based ensemble that plays adventurous American roots music. Influenced by modern bluegrass, old time and celtic sounds, the band brings a unique free-wheeling and improvisational energy to both classic tunes and original compositions. Featuring Curto’s mastery of the piano and diatonic accordions, coupled with rhythmic arco bass playing and groove-oriented drumming, the band is embarking on its debut tour in March of 2018.
Rob Curto (piano and diatonic accordions) has spent the last 8 years touring extensively with his band Matuto, known for it’s 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. Curto was one of the first musicians to introduce the Northeastern Brazilian sound of Forró to the United States, and with his group Matuto he has toured internationally including such prominent festivals as Wintergrass, Red Wing Roots and Rhythm and Roots.
Chris Coyle (acoustic bass) is a bassist, composer and music educator based in Philadelphia, PA. As a very active performer, he can be found in an array of musical settings including Jazz (with his own Outside Sound ensemble, and with noted musicians such as John Swana, Behn Gillece, Doug Hirlinger, Matt Scarano, V. Shayne Frederick and others), Americana (Noggin Hill, Lady Bird), Experimental (Son Step, NotSoSilentCinema, Rhinoceri Trio) and World Music (Oscuro Quintet, Cunjunto Philadelphia, Ensemble Novo). As a composer, Chris has been recognized by the American Composers Forum, the McKnight Foundation and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
Doug Hirlinger (drums) is a multifaceted musician whose diverse history includes extensive experience as a drummer, composer, educator, and producer. On drum set Doug is as much at home in jazz and experimental settings as he is on stage with the Philadelphia Orchestra. During the past 20 plus years Doug has toured Europe and the US, played many times in the most prominent venues in New York and Philadelphia, and established lasting relationships with an abundant list of collaborators.