DAVID LOPATO's music reflects an involvement with such diverse forms as modern jazz, stride piano, avant-garde classical music, blues, latin, funk 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 a number of other percussion instruments into his performances. Additionally, he has embraced the technological realm of computers, MIDI, and related digital media to facilitate the creation and realization of his own music and that of other musicians. In 2002, his performance repertoire expanded into the theatrical realm with the debut of his first full-length monologue "Small Matters of Life and Death".

David Lopato was born in 1954 in Brooklyn, NY. His studies include a B.A. in music composition from Yale University, graduate work in African drumming at California Institute of the Arts and Javanese gamelan at Akademie Seni Krawitan Indonesia in Surakarta, Java. He has performed his own compositions throughout the world as a soloist, leader of his own trio, quintet and ten-piece ensembles. Major venues which have presented performances of his music include Westdeutsche Rundfunk, Netherlands National Radio, Radio France, National Public Radio, De Singel, Stedelijk Museum, The Kroller-Muller Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, The Kitchen Center, Symphony Space and The Vancouver Jazz Festival.

As a pianist he has worked with Ray Anderson, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, Mark Helias, Jane Ira Bloom, Gerry Hemingway, David Mott, Wadada Leo Smith, Steve Gorn and Steve Reich. He has received much recognition as a composer, having been awarded several grants from the National Endowment for the Arts for both jazz and classical music. In addition, he has received grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts, The Beards Fund, a Fulbright Fellowship and numerous grants from Meet The Composer. Recordings as a leader include Giant Mbira, Inside/Outside, The Standard Line
(with David Mott), and the upcoming release, Global Download.

Lopato has also written music for television, film and commercials, scores for dance and theatre companies, and collaborations with poet Ruth Danon and the Dutch painter Roland Schimmel. He is currently on the faculty of the Jazz and Contemporary Music Departmentof the New School University in New York City where he teaches courses ranging from jazz theory to film scoring and the use of computer technology in music. His expertise in the realm of MIDI programming has enhanced recording projects for such clients as Sony Classical and Daichi Kosho Japan. He is the producer of the concert series at InHouse, a performance space in downtown Manhattan devoted to modern improvised music, now in its twelfth year.


top photo: Ken Tannenbaum
bottom photo: Hal Freedman