Forro For All gives free concert at Lincoln Harbor

Brazilian-style band to perform on June 5 at 12:30 p.m.

Rob Curto, the group's accordionist, is considered by many to be an ambassador for Brazilian-style music in the United States.
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Rob Curto, the group's accordionist, is considered by many to be an ambassador for Brazilian-style music in the United States.

The UBS Atrium Series will close its seasonal series of free midday concerts with a performance by Rob Curto’s Forro For All on Wednesday, June 5, at 12:30 p.m. The concert will take place in the Atrium at 1000 Harbor Boulevard in the Lincoln Harbor section of Weehawken.

Rob Curto’s Forro For All is dedicated to Forro, the upbeat, accordion-driven music popular in northeastern Brazil. It has an arrhythmic, energetic, and syncopated style, with influences of jazz, Afro-Brazilian music, and European dance styles of the late 19th century.

The performance will feature original compositions, improvisation, and rhythmic and harmonic innovations.

Forro For All is led by accordionist Rob Curto, who is considered Forro’s primary ambassador in the United States. Curto spent many years in Brazil, studying the country’s musical traditions. Curto has toured extensively as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. State Department in Africa, East Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.

The band also features master percussionist and educator Scott Kettner, who is an expert in Northeastern Brazilian percussion and drumming. Kettner is a recipient of the NEA award for his project, “A Tale of Two Nations,” which brought together his own group and the traditional maracatu ensemble, Estrela Brilhante.

Vocalist Rose Moraes, who is originally from Brazil, rounds out the trio with an intimate knowledge of the rhythmic and melodic qualities of Brazilian music. She has toured extensively in the United States and Europe. Moraes has performed at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., Artscape in Baltimore, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She has also presented projects at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore.

The concert is free and open to the public, and the venue is wheelchair accessible. Parking is available in the adjacent outdoor lot. Public transportation options include NJ Transit Bus 158 as well as the Hudson Bergen Light Rail to Lincoln Harbor. For more information, check hrpac.org or call the concert hotline at 201-716-4540.