David Lopato

Gendhing For a Spirit Rising

Gendhing for a Spirit Rising is a landmark 2-CD recording, 25 years in the making, that incorporates Indonesian gamelan and other Eastern musics with Western improvisation in a way that has not been done before. It features a line-up of brilliant musicians, including the world’s foremost master of Javanese rebab and two of America’s foremost performers of Indonesian gamelan.


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.


"Best Albums of 2017" list - Downbeat

"Rarely has a project combined Asian and Western music this successfully. Gendhing For a Spirit Rising makes the combination sound completely natural."

– All About Jazz


GoFund Me Campaign

Dear Friends/Music Lovers,

I’m mid-process of a new recording project entitled “Short Stories” (2 recordings, the first to be released this June and the second early next Spring). I invite you to participate in it if you are so inclined. Here is a link to my GoFundMe page which I’d very much appreciate your checking out. It contains a short, 6 minute video about the project along with a detailed written description of it, including various rewards/incentives for contributing to it.

Thanks for your support of the music!

Latest Releases

Giant Mbira

David Lopato – solo piano

Magdalena, Fast, One for Olivier for Muhal, Dear Sphere, Blues for Bley, Gazing at Miss V, Giant Mbira

Many Moons

David Lopato – solo piano

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 I, Peace March

The Standard Line

David Lopato – piano
David Mott – Baritone sax

Body and Soul, Unrequited Love, Wind Bells, Earth, Once So Blue…, Texas Little, No Visa, Stop Boogie! Stop Shuffle!, Nostalgia, Are Your Heads Aligned?

Inside / Outside

David Lopato – piano
Mark Helias – bass
Gerry Hemingway – drums

Magdalena, Out of Somewhere, This Life, Gonbosco, Y.B.F.S., Reflexology

Instructor and Educator

Teaching is a central part of David Lopato’s career as a musician. He has taught on the faculty of the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music for the last 22 years, having taught 14 different classes there including all levels of theory, all levels of ear training, composition, performance, MIDI sequencing, film scoring, and “Sound and Vision” (a collaborative class with Parsons School of Design). He has also served on the executive committee of that program for the last 8 years. Additionally he has been on the faculty of Montclair State University for the last 5 years, where he has taught lecture classes on world music and jazz history.

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