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.
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 as a Fulbright Scholar. 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.