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. He has worked extensively with 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". In 2009, he ventured further outside the musical realm with the authoring of his first book, Take Alternate Routes, a memoir about marriage, infertility, adoption and the raising of a special needs child.
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 artist Roland Schimmel. Their collaboration Blind Spot for computer-generated animation and audio was presented at the 2005 Kleurbeurs Exhibitiion at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam. His expertise in the realm of MIDI programming has enhanced recording projects for such clients as Sony Classical and Daichi Kosho Japan. From 1990-2010 he was the producer of the concert series at InHouse, a performance space in downtown Manhattan devoted to modern improvised music. Since 1991, he has been on the faculty of the Jazz and Contemporary Music Department of the New School University in New York City where he has taught courses ranging from music theory, composition, and ear training to film scoring and the use of computer technology in music. He also taught on the faculty of Montclair State University from 2007-2013 where he lectured on world music history and jazz history.
|photo: Dion Ogust|