Improviser/Composer Brandon A. Lopez has been deemed the “Ubiquitous Free Improv Bass Ace” by the Village Voice and said to play with a “Bruising Physicality” by the Chicago Reader. He was born and raised in the splendors of Northwestern New Jersey, in the shadow of the (New York) city. It was there that he cultivated a taste for left-of-center music and subsequently, dug graves. He’s had the pleasure of working with many of the world’s luminary, left-of-center musicians and is a frequent collaborator with Weasel Walter, Nate Wooley, Mette Rasmussen, Gerald Cleaver, Peter Evans, Ingrid Laubrock, Dave Rempis, just to name a few. He has toured and played prestigious halls, DIY basements, and festivals all across North America and the European Continent. He currently leads a piano trio dubbed “Mess” with Sam Yulsman and Chris Corsano. He frequently plays solo. He is also the 2018 Artist in Residence at Issue Project Room. He attended New England Conservatory.
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"A portion of sales will benefit Fendika Cultural Center and Catalytic Sound. At Fendika Cultural Center, we celebrate and renew Ethiopia’s rich cultural heritage. We welcome all creative souls; through exchange of music, dance, art, and poetry, we meditate on humanity’s one-ness, and pray for a peaceful world."
The Industry of Entropy
"A fantastically understated piece that rewards close listening as the engagement and interplay between the performers is as good as it gets. - Nicholas Metzger"
Smoked Sunshine Vitriol Spits
""Young bassist Brandon Lopez has become a force on New York’s improvised-music scene these past few years, in large part due to his formidable power. The recent self-released solo album Smoked Sunshine Vitriol Spits is a testament to his strength—his oversize instrument can sound like a toy in his hands, and the way he wields and manhandles it in a live setting (e.g., his performance here last fall as a member of Amirtha Kidambi’s Elder Ones) makes it look like one too." - Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader"
quoniam facta sum vilis
"In the first four tracks there are moments of respite and beauty amidst the chaos. After Pa, the sounds are harsher and it is a violent new landscape. There is a sense throughout the second half of desperately trying to get somewhere but being unable to do so. By transforming into this brutality, the album lives up to its name. - Anna Heflin"
""The sound and mood paired with titles and cover art referencing religious iconography (common across many Lopez releases) places this in a similar camp as the eastern-tinged meditative psychedelia of the aforementioned OM and turn-of-the-millenium Roy Montgomery." - Keith Prosk"
"All funds raised from sales of this album will be donated to Aldea- The People's Justice Center (aldeapjc.org), an organization suggested by Brandon that "provides quality pro bono legal and social services to vulnerable detained and free immigrant populations throughout Pennsylvania, and offer universal pro bono representation to every family detained by ICE in the state. Aldea also participates in important and impactful litigation nationwide to protect immigrant children and their families. We will not give up until we free the families currently in ICE detention – together.""
Brandon Lopez / Chris Corsano / Sam Yulsman
"Corsano’s presence is generally an indicator of quality, and Lopez’s pedigree is assured post-Elder Ones, but it’s Yulman who’s the real delight here. His flinty clusters of notes shower ‘8.05’, the album’s closing track, in tough, glittering shards, opening up the trio’s frantic rhythmic glowers to let the sunshine in. His intro to ’21.21’ is dissonant and stately, initially restrained enough to let the other two drift by, then gaining pace to kick off a fractious knees-up. Holy jazz, Batman, this is really free." - Paul Margree, Radiofreemidwich"