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David Lopato

David Lopato's music reflects an involvement with such diverse forms as modern jazz, stride piano, avant-garde classical music, blues, latin and various world musics, most notably those of Indonesia, where he has lived and studied Javanese gamelan. His love of these seemingly disparate traditions has resulted in a body of music that is both universal and personal. Although his main instrument is piano, his interest in other, more exotic timbres has led him to explore new techniques for "preparing" the piano, as well as incorporate other percussion instruments and electronics into his work

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2018

Read "Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2018" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

2018 was another year with too many favorites to choose from. I'm struck by the number of “extended ensembles" on my list: groups of eight or more, including a chamber orchestra plus jazz group. It was also an exceptionally good year for RareNoiseRecords, making it hard for me to stop at three albums. This list is ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

David Lopato: Gendhing for a Spirit Rising

Read "Gendhing for a Spirit Rising" reviewed 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 ...

Gendhing for a Spirit Rising

Label: Global Coolant Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Disc 1 : Gendhing For a Spirit Rising - Ladrang; This Life; Jalan Jiwa; Gendhing. Disc 2: Beboppin' With Bella; Jakshi; Suite 911 - Ambush and Aftermath; Peace March.

NEWS: RECORDING

Pianist/Composer David Lopato's "Gendhing For A Spirit Rising" Set For September 8 Release

Pianist/Composer David Lopato's "Gendhing For A Spirit Rising" Set For September 8 Release

Musical genres have been melding for ages, yet pianist/composer David Lopato has developed an eclectic East-West fusion that truly has no precedent. A respected educator, inventive composer, inveterate musical explorer, and fearless sonic pioneer who has traveled a highly personal “silk road,” Lopato is releasing the extraordinary Gendhing for a Spirit Rising on September 8 via ...

Many Moons

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2011
Track listing: Swing Trades; Inside You; Fly Brook; Unrequited Love; No Visa; Reflexology; Brooklyn; The Big Bad Wolf Ain't So Bad After All; Wishing Willie Well; African Village; Piano Roll 1; Peace March.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

David Lopato: Many Moons

Read "Many Moons" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Mettendo a frutto il poco tempo lasciato libero dai suoi impegni didattici, David Lopato ha registrato un lungo disco che raccoglie composizioni scritte nell'arco di un trentennio e che testimoniano non solo il suo mondo ma anche i suoi interessi, i suoi studi e la sua attività accademica. Quindi, non solo jazz in senso stretto (nel ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

David Lopato: Many Moons

Read "Many Moons" reviewed 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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

David Lopato: Many Moons

Read "Many Moons" reviewed 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 ...

Inside Outside

Label: Cristal Records
Released: 1991


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