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Tom Lopez
design by nadya primak // brushes by linda rae // code by tom lopez © 2013-2016 fwmp
November 1, 2016 Performance in Ann Arbor

"Flowers for Otello" is dedicated to the families of nine immigrants and one policewoman who were maliciously murdered by the National Socialist Underground (NSU) between the years of 2000 and 2007. Due in part to state investigative authorities' refusal to seriously consider racism as a motive, these crimes went unsolved until 2011. "Flowers for Otello" addresses issues of race, memory, and violence in relation to these crimes; in a series of lamentations it offers a unique multilingual perspective on systematic racism in present-day Germany through a medium that is at once poetic, musical, and performative.

Spoken word performance in German and Turkish by Esther Dischereit and Selim Özdogan
Interpretive dance by Holly Handman-Lopez
Electronic music by Tom Lopez
Percussion by Justin Gunter

Tuesday, November 1, 6:00 – 7:00pm
Free and open to all
North Quad, Room 2435


October 16, 2016 Returning to Tongva Park, Los Angeles

I am excited to return to LA for a repeat of the show we did in April. I will perform music for Lionel Popkin's choreography in the exquisitely designed Tongva Park in Santa Monica. Set on and around inflatable plastic yellow living room furniture nestled in the midst of Tongva Park, the dance looks, sometimes askance, at the systems of support that surround us, including people, objects and social structures. Nine dancers lean into each other, lie on top of each other, hang off of each other and bounce off the air-filled elements of a plastic family room.

Tuesday, October 18, 7:30 – 8:30pm
Free and open to all
Tongva Park: 1615 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401


June 19, 2016 Performance at SAW (Sonic Arts Workshop)

We begin our TIMARA summer workshop this week and kick things off with a faculty concert with works by Peter Swendsen, Eli Stine, Francis Wilson, Eastman Presser, and Matthew Omahan. I will show Metropolitana with video of the Milan subway by Nate Pagel.


May 29, 2016 Contributor to "Composing in Choir"

I am thrilled to announce my participation in the publication of a new book, "Composing in Choir," edited by Jody Kerchner and Katherine Strand, published by GIA Music (Spring 2016). Sonic Environments with Simple Technology details various approaches to incorporating electronic music into choral performances.


May 14, 2016 Testamonials

With a little blush in my cheeks, I am honored to share testamonials about my music. Please have a look at the Music page for a couple messages I received.


April 30, 2016 Commercial Releases

Please have a look at the Labels page for a list of my releases on various labels: Innova, Centaur, Oberlin Music, Vox Novus, and SEAMUS.


April 13, 2016 Performance in Tongva Park, Los Angeles

I am designing music for Lionel Popkin's choreography in the exquisitely designed Tongva Park in Santa Monica. Set on and around inflatable plastic yellow living room furniture nestled in the midst of Tongva Park, the dance looks, sometimes askance, at the systems of support that surround us, including people, objects and social structures. Nine dancers lean into each other, lie on top of each other, hang off of each other and bounce off the air-filled elements of a plastic family room.

Tongva Park Kicks off Third Season of Events with Tongva After Dark: Inflatable Park, a New Work by Choreographer Lionel Popkin

Wednesday, April 20, 7:30 – 8:30pm
Free and open to all
Tongva Park: 1615 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Original music performed live by Tom Lopez. Performances by Barry Brannum, Heidi Brewer, Dorothy Dubrule, Carolyn Hall, Leann Iacovetta, Samantha Mohr, Lionel Popkin, Amanda Sanchez, and Gracie Whyte. Inflatable Park is commissioned by the City of Santa Monica's Cultural Affairs Division.


April 10, 2016 Published in The International Journal of Screendance

I am very proud to have published an essay in The International Journal of Screendance. The Twins Paradox: bifurcation & unification was inspired by Martin Heidegger's "The Question Concerning Technology."


April 8, 2016 Sometimes a Single Leaf performing tonight

Oberlin College Spring Back Dance Concert includes "Sometimes a Single Leaf" with poet Esther Dischereit, dancer/choreographer Holly Handman, and a morsal of sound from yours truly - check it out tonight and tomorrow night at 8pm in Warner Main Space!


April 2, 2016 Scores and Reviews uploaded

Here is a nice review by David Abrams and new acoustic music scores.


March 30, 2016 Bio and PR photos uploaded

Here is a new bio and publicity photos, available under the About tab.