LOPATO has performed his own compositions extensively throughout the world.
As a composer, he has received multiple
grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the
Arts, Meet the Composer, and The Beards Fund.
He is also the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to study Javanese
Gamelan in Surakarta, Indonesia, where he lived for a year. As a performer Lopato has toured his own
music in configurations ranging from solo piano to 10-piece ensembles. He has
performed with Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, Mark Helias, Ray Anderson, Wadada Leo
Smith, Dewey Redman, Gerry Hemingway, and Jane Ira Bloom among others. He has recorded
on the Lumina, Enemy, Unity and Global Coolant labels. In addition, he is the
producer of the concert series at InHouse in downtown Manhattan, and teaches on
the faculties of the The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and
Montclair State University.
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