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by Mark Sullivan
American composer/pianist David Lopato has a long history with South Asian music, especially the music of Java. Much of the music in the title work--which occupies the first disc of this two-disc set--was inspired by the year he spent in Surakarta (seat of one of the two great kingdoms of Central Java, where most of the Javanese music we hear in the West originates) on a Fulbright grant. As a jazz musician Lopato was intrigued by the prospect of combining ...read more
by Karl Ackermann
Pianist/composer, David Lopato's long career has included turns with prominent players in the fields of avant-garde jazz and classical, world music, theater, free improvisation and modern jazz. In particular, he has done outstanding jazz work with Gerry Hemingway, David Mott, Wadada Leo Smith and Joe Lovano. Given the wide and varied circles Lopato travels in, it isn't useful to have preconceived notions about any particular music as his defining genre. Nevertheless, Many Moons, his second solo piano release, covers the ...read more
by Dan Bilawsky
Pianist David Lopato's Many Moons could just as easily have been called Many Moods, with the variety of approaches he takes on these twelve original piano pieces. Jazz is only one area of expertise on Lopato's large resume, which also includes extensive studies on African drumming and Javanese gamelan, scoring work for theater and dance, and many years spent as the producer of a concert series concentrating on modern improvised music, and he uses his diverse experiences to color his ...read more