Drum Set, Latin Percussion, Percussion
Classical, Jazz & Blues (Gospel, Traditional, Funk), Latin, New Music, Pop & Rock, Traditional Folk (Us/Int)
(2016) Robert Lopez is a percussionist, composer, curator and educator based in Oakland. His diverse background in various types of music such as folkloric traditions of Brazil, Ghana and Cuba, alongside contemporary chamber music and free improvisation, allow him to maintain a malleable approach to sharing musical ideas. He holds a Bachelors of Music from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at Cal State University Long Beach and a Master of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Improvisation from Mills College. Since 2011, he has been a very active member of the Bay Area music community spending time making music with groups SO AR, the Oakland Active Orchestra, Quattour Elephantis, Grex and Jordan Glenn’s BEAK among others. He has been a dance accompanist at Mills College, UC Berkeley, ODC and Sonoma State. Since 2014 he has maintained a close relationship with master drummer Jorge Alabê. This partnership has led to a grant from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program (2018), first-place in the Brazilian category with Grupo Samba Rio in San Francisco’s Carnaval (2018 and 2019) and a grant from the Fulbright US Student Program (2020) for his project “Investigating the Language of Candomblé Drumming”. He teaches percussion at the San Francisco Community Music Center, the San Francisco Waldorf High School and at his studio in the East Bay.