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Tom Lopez
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November 30, 2017 Still Happening premiere

Still Happening will premiere this weekend on the Oberlin College campus to celebrate the retirement of Nusha Martynuk. The dance is a meditation on the ongling crisis of refugees throughout the world, including those who search for refuge among us - those for whom it's still happening, for whom it's still not safe and it's still not home. Only an empathic society can reach the core and the heart of its desenfranchised. The sound design utilizes ten speakers around the audience to evoke lands near and far, familiar and foreign, welcoming and frightening.

Choreography by Nusha Martynuk
Danced by Tory Eichler, Lola Gatti, Evelyn Morrison, Kierra Nguyen, Micaela Pirzio-Biroli, Abigail Stamats, and Louise Wurzelbacher
Electronic music by Tom Lopez

Thursday - Saturday, November 30 - December 2, 8:00pm
Warner Main Space
Oberlin College
contact Central Ticket Service at (440) 775-8169 for ticket information


April 10, 2017 The Marketplace Morning Report

I will appear on David Brancaccio's Marketplace Morning Report tomorrow morning. Depending on your local Public Radio station, it probably broadcasts at 6:51AM, 8:51AM, or 10:51AM. I suppose the program may be edited depending on the needs of the local station, so I can't promise you'll hear me. Regardless, you can hear the podcast online.

The show is about robot-proof jobs. "The McKinsey Global Institute analyzed the work activities of more than 800 occupations in the U.S. to determine what percentage of a job could be automated using current technology. It turns out, a small fraction of jobs are either entirely automatable or entirely robot-proof." My work as a composer...robot-proof!!


March 1, 2017 That's Quiet Alright

That's Quiet Alright will appear tomorrow tonight with video! This new release on Hanson Records will be on the first concert of the Talbertronic Festival.

Thursday, March 2, 8:00pm
Free and open to all
Clonick Hall
Oberlin Conservatory


February 17, 2017 The Dream and Lie of Trump

"The Dream and Lie of Trump" premieres tonight! Resistance inspired by Pablo Picasso's "The Dream and Lie of Franco."

Performed by Tom Rosenkranz, piano
and Tom Lopez, laptop

Friday, February 17, 8:00pm
Free and open to all
Warner Concert Hall
Oberlin Conservatory


February 12, 2017 Informal Inflatable Showing

Inflatable Trio will premiere later this month in Los Angeles (stay tuned for more info) but tomorrow night, we will present an informal showing on the Oberlin College campus to celebrate the retirement of Carter McAdams. The dance is performed on and around an inflatable plastic living room set and looks at the ways we attempt to orient ourselves within ever-changing domestic, social and environmental terrains. The sound design will utilize eight speakers around the audience to create an immersive sonic experience.

Choreography by Lionel Popkin
Danced by Lionel Popkin, Carolyn Hall, and Samantha Mohr
Electronic music by Tom Lopez

Monday, February 13, 8:00pm
Free and open to all
Warner Main Space
Oberlin College


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, Inflatable Park 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, Inflatable Park 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."