"GENDHING FOR A SPIRIT RISING"
BEST WORLD MUSIC RECORD OF THE YEAR
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Gendhing for a Spirit Rising is a landmark 2-CD recording, 25 years in the making, that incorporates Indonesian gamelan and other Eastern musics with Western improvisation in a way that has not been done before. It features a line-up of brilliant musicians, including the world's foremost master of Javanese rebab and two of America's foremost performers of Indonesian gamelan.
“A two-CD set, Gendhing for a Spirit Rising” is unlike anything you are likely to hear this year (or any year). Unlike many experiments with musical fusion, Lopato’s music is the genuine article.” 4 ½ stars
John Ephland, Downbeat Magazine
“A diversely talented and musically omnivorous pianist, David Lopato is an artist who defies easy categorization. Having forged an intensely unique and personal sound in his pianistic touch, David has absorbed not only the jazz piano canon, but also the musical worlds of Indonesian gamelan traditions, West African drumming practices and electro-acoustic compositions. Indeed, on his latest release, Gendhing for a Spirit Rising, David leads a mixed ensemble of talents through a dizzying tour of musical languages from around the world.”
Seton Hawkins, Hot House Magazine