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Tom Lopez
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November 16, 2018 Performance at the University of Houston, Texas

In 1937, Pablo Picasso created a series of prints to satirize the fascist dictator, Francisco Franco. The artwork consisted of postcards entitled, “The Dream and Lie of Franco.”

In 2017, I was inspired by Pablo Picasso to create my own resistance piece, The Dream and Lie of Trump, including a postcard that people could print and mail. In 2018, as life in the USA becomes more tense and shrill, I have composed another postcard and performance piece, The Scream and Whine of Trump, satirizing our very own fascist leader.

Friday, November 16, 7:30pm
Moores Opera House
Houston, TX


April 11, 2018 Performance at Dance Complex, Boston

I will travel to the east coast this week to perform with my collaborator friends in Inflatable Trio. Set within an unstable landscape, the dance is performed on and around an inflatable plastic living room furniture and looks at the ways we attempt to orient ourselves within ever-changing domestic, social and environmental terrains. As the elements of a family room are repeatedly deflated, dismantled and re-formed, three dancers persist, react and cope, examining how private interactions support and terrify us in relation to the outside world. Each performer in turn upends - and is upended by - the objects, people and situations that surround them in this domestic drama beyond the walls of the performance space.

Saturday, April 14, 8:00pm
Sunday, April 15, 7:00pm
Dance Complex
536 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139


March 31, 2018 Lecture at Cleveland MOCA

Sound artist and composer Tom Lopez will discuss the installation of Éliane Radigue’s 1970 composition, OMNHT, which is presented in INDUCTION, a two-person exhibition that features new paintings, videos, and glass sculpture by New York based artist Tauba Auerbach (1981, San Francisco, CA) alongside an early sound installation by Paris-based composer Éliane Radigue (1932, Paris, France).

Saturday, March 31, 2:30pm
Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art
11400 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106


February 23, 2018 sfound Objects premiere

Many thanks to percussionist extraordinaire, Justin Gunter, for premiering two works this evening! sfOund Objects: 3 Vertices for 21 objects and solo percussionist was performed in Fairchaild Chapel. It's companion piece, sfOund Objects: 3 Vertices & 1 Circle for percussionist and live electronics was also performed by Justin. I will post the score and recordings as soon as they are available!

Performance by Justin Gunter
Electronic music by Tom Lopez

Friday, February 23, 8:00pm
Fairchild Chapel
Oberlin College


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