Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group

Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group
Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group
Origin Amsterdam, Netherlands
Bayamón, Puerto Rico
Genres Progressive rock, psychedelic rock, jazz fusion, art rock
Years active 2005–present
Labels Sargent House, Rodriguez Lopez Productions
Associated acts The Mars Volta
At The Drive-In
De Facto
El Grupo Nuevo de Omar Rodriguez Lopez
John Frusciante
Ximena Sariñana
Website Omar Rodriguez Lopez Quintet
Omar Rodriguez Quintet
Omar Rodríguez-López
Juan Alderete de la Peña
Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez
Deantoni Parks
Lars Stalfors
Cedric Bixler-Zavala
Past members
Adrián Terrazas-González
Money Mark Ramos-Nishita
Thomas Pridgen
Alfredo Ortiz
Mark Aanderud
Ximena Sariñana

The Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group is the main side project of Omar Rodríguez-López. The group is most often a live entity to perform the various outlets of his solo music aside from The Mars Volta.



His group began as Omar Rodriguez Lopez Quintet, formed in 2005 when he toured Europe to support his self-titled solo record. The quintet included three other members of The Mars Volta: Juan Alderete, Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez and Adrián Terrazas-González as well as Money Mark of Beastie Boys fame. Omar began this group with these members within only a year or two of them joining The Mars Volta. The album features long, largely improvised instrumentals with Dutch titles. The quintet then collaborated with Damo Suzuki on a 25-minute EP titled Please Heat This Eventually, which was largely taken from a night recorded on their European tour in November 2005. The EP was released exclusively by Gold Standard Laboratories on vinyl only in December 2006, then released widely in January 2007. Another collaborative EP followed later that year, this time between the quintet and Lydia Lunch, as well as the full-length record, The Apocalypse Inside of an Orange, which was a double album vinyl.

The quintet has been dubbed Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group since 2006, as indicated on the back cover of Please Heat This Eventually, even though they were known as the Quintet at the time of the performance. The group played a live show in 2007 at Fuji Rock Festival, Japan, and featured Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Thomas Pridgen in the group for the first time, both also of The Mars Volta. During "Rapid Fire Tollbooth" performance, Alfredo Ortiz joined on percussion in addition to Marcel and Terrazas-González. Thomas Pridgen remained the group's drummer for the three years he was also in The Mars Volta, replacing Marcel, who became percussionist and second keyboardist, much like his role in The Mars Volta. 2008 was the last year that Terrazas-González toured with Rodriguez-Lopez, in The Mars Volta or otherwise, after a mutual split planned for a few years. In March 2009, the group got together for another tour in Europe, this time featuring Omar's girlfriend Ximena Sariñana as the vocalist and Mark Aanderud on keyboards instead of Money Mark.[1] In September 2009, a five-track live recording of the March 11, London concert was released digitally and on limited vinyl, titled Los Sueños de un Hígado. It featured songs from Rodriguez-Lopez's albums Se Dice Bisonte, No Bùfalo, Old Money, and Solar Gambling, the last of which would be released 3 months later, with the final track remaining, "Victimas del Cielo," released in studio form on 2010's Cizaña de los Amores. Los Sueños de un Hígado follows the Damo Suzuki and Lydia Lunch collaborative EPs in being the only releases under the name "Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group," two of which are essentially live recordings.

A new group, El Grupo Nuevo de Omar Rodriguez Lopez, was announced in Spring 2009, featured on the Cryptomnesia album (recorded in 2006, released in 2009). Rodriguez-Lopez also released Ciencia de los Inútiles under the entity El Trío de Omar Rodriguez Lopez. This trio comprises Omar, Ximena and double bass player Aaron Cruz Bravo. A quartet record was released digitally on May 30, 2010, including Juan, Marcel, and former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante, as well as a record of simply John and Rodriguez-Lopez, released April 30, 2010.[2] Before this, the two had done a few collaborations and live guest appearances, even releasing a single titled "0=2" on The Special 12 Singles Series as Omar A. Rodriguez-Lopez & John Frusciante in 2005 as 7" vinyl, and digitally in 2006. This was released before any of his group recordings, around the same time as Omar Rodriguez.

The group was scheduled to be performing for the first time in the United States on May 2, 2010 at Highline Ballroom in New York, though the date was pushed back to September 17 due to "key members" not being available.[3][4][5] It was speculated that Dave Elitch, the current drummer of The Mars Volta, would be performing as part of ORL Group in the future, as he has been credited as having recorded with Omar apart from The Mars Volta on his website.[6] An official statement has since confirmed former collaborator Deantoni Parks to be the drummer for the 2010 tour. He had previously performed as drummer of The Mars Volta in September/October 2006 as a temporary fill-in, and has since remained great friends with the band. Lars Stalfors also joined the group on stage as sound manipulator in 2010.

Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group has announced a performance at the Metamorphose Festival in Tokyo, Japan on September 4, 2010.[7] Also added were a Chicago date the night after New York, along with two west coast dates. Further touring of Russia and Europe were then scheduled for November/December, with The Mars Volta scheduled to play two festival shows in South America in October. Meanwhile, Deantoni had also performed as part of Juan Alderete's group Vato Negro for a California date, June 17, as well as the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan in July. Omar joined his friends for the festival show, as the three are working on a Vato Negro album. During December 2010, it was slowly revealed that Deantoni has returned as drummer of The Mars Volta, and has been working with them closely throughout the year.

During 2010, Omar had also released a record of older material performed along with Elvin Estela (DJ Nobody) featuring no guitars, Tychozorente, and a collection of songs featuring Ximena & Lisa Papineau as vocalists, Cizaña de los Amores. Then, as surprise digital releases concluding the Group's 2010 touring, Mantra Hiroshima, the second record to feature drumming by Zach Hill, and the appreciatively titled Dōitashimashite, the Group's second live release capturing the U.S. tour, were delivered. Next came the anticipated studio album, Un Escorpión Perfumado, including Marcel, Deantoni, and more vocals by Omar by year's end.

2011 began with another ORLG tour, starting with the performance at the Rodriguez Lopez Productions and Sargent House showcase at the SXSW Music Festival. A special guest was said to join the group on stage, which turned out to be Cedric in place of Ximena as vocalist. Most of the songs premiered during the tour are believed to be new TMV material. On several shows missed by Cedric due to his voice illness, songs from the upcoming Vato Negro record were performed instead.

Telesterion, a Best Of collection of all of Omar's catalog, comprising 2 CDs or 4 LPs, was released for Record Store Day on April 16, which includes one unreleased track from upcoming record titled The Somnambulists.


(number indicates order of release)
(* annotates recorded in 2001, before formation of The Mars Volta)
(A# annotates record sequence of those constituting the "Amsterdam Series," recorded whilst Omar lived there 2005-2006)

Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group

El Grupo Nuevo de Omar Rodriguez Lopez

El Trío de Omar Rodriguez Lopez

Omar Rodriguez Lopez Quartet

  • 21 Sepulcros de Miel (2010) [digital/vinyl only, limited of 2,000 copies: 1,000 purple, 1,000 orange]

Omar Rodriguez Lopez Quintet

Other Omar Rodriguez Lopez releases

(all as "Omar Rodriguez Lopez" unless otherwise noted)

  • 01 A Manual Dexterity: Soundtrack Volume One (2004)* as Omar A. Rodriguez-Lopez
  • 02 The Special 12 Singles Series (2005/2006) as Omar A. Rodriguez-Lopez & John Frusciante [digital/vinyl only, limited of 500 copies by GSL]
  • 03 Omar Rodriguez (2005/2006)A1 [strictly European release except for limited of 2,000 copies picture disc by GSL in 2006]
  • 05 Se Dice Bisonte, No Bùfalo (2007)A2 [brown marble limited of 750 vinyl by GSL]
  • 08 Calibration (Is Pushing Luck and Key Too Far) (2007/2008)A4 [grey marble limited of 750 vinyl by N2O]
  • 09 Omar Rodriguez-Lopez & Jeremy Michael Ward (2008)*
  • 10 Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fungus (2008)*
  • 11 Minor Cuts and Scrapes in the Bushes Ahead (2008)* [strictly European release]
  • 12 Old Money (2008/2009)
  • 13 Megaritual (2009)A5 [strictly European release]
  • 14 Despair (2009) [strictly European release]
  • 17 Xenophanes (2009) [pink limited vinyl of 2,000 USA, yellow vinyl Europe]
  • 18 Solar Gambling (2009) [digital/vinyl only, limited of 1,500 copies: 750 clear blue, 750 clear yellow]
  • 20 Omar Rodriguez-Lopez & John Frusciante (2010) [digital/vinyl only, limited of 1,000 copies]
  • 22 Tychozorente (2010) [strictly European release]
  • 23 Cizaña de los Amores (2010) [strictly European release]
  • 24 Mantra Hiroshima (2010)
  • 26 Un Escorpión Perfumado (2010) [clear red limited vinyl of 1,000]
  • 27 Telesterion (2011) [4LP vinyl, limited of 1,500]
  • The Somnambulists (2011)
  • Octopus Kool Aid (2011)
  • Bailan por que no Pueden Hablar (2011)
  • Aryabhatiya (2011)

Rodriguez Lopez Productions catalog

RLP001 Cryptomnesia
RLP002 Our Delicate Stranded Nightmare (by Zechs Marquise)
RLP003 Xenophanes
RLP004 Solar Gambling
RLP005 Los Sueños de un Hígado
RLP006 Ciencia de los Inútiles
RLP007 Sepulcros de Miel
RLP008 Octahedron
RLP009 Omar Rodriguez-Lopez & John Frusciante
RLP010 Un Escorpión Perfumado
RLP011 N/A
RLP012 Sin Sin Sin (by Le Butcherettes)
RLP013 Cizaña de los Amores
RLP014 Tychozorente
RLP015 N/A
RLP016 N/A
RLP017 N/A
RLP018 Mantra Hiroshima
RLP019 Dōitashimashite
RLP020 N/A
RLP021 Telesterion

Live Group members

2005 tour line-up

  • Damo Suzuki - vocals (special guest, November 14, 2005)

2007 one-off line-up

2009 tour line-up

2010 tour line-up

2011 tour line-up


November 2005 [Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Quintet] Europe tour
[members of The Mars Volta: Omar A. Rodríguez-López, Juan Alderete, Adrián Terrazas-González, Marcel Rodríguez-López with the addition of Money Mark]

  • 2005-11-11 Rotown, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2005-11-12 Hof Ter Lo, Antwerp, Belgium
  • 2005-11-13 Melkweg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2005-11-14 Gebaeude 9, Cologne, Germany
  • 2005-11-15 L'Usine, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 2005-11-16 Abart, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2005-11-17 Szene Wien, Vienna, Austria
  • 2005-11-18 Orto, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • 2005-11-19 Matrix, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2005-11-20 BlueNote, Poznan, Poland
  • 2005-11-21 Magnet Club, Berlin, Germany
  • 2005-11-22 Weltbuehne, Hamburg, Germany
  • 2005-11-23 Vera, Groningen, The Netherlands
  • 2005-11-24 De Kreun, Kortrijk, Belgium
  • 2005-11-25 93 Feet East, London, United Kingdom

July 2007 Japanese one-off
[members of The Mars Volta: Omar A. Rodríguez-López, Juan Alderete, Adrián Terrazas-González, Marcel Rodríguez-López, Cedric Bixler Zavala, Thomas Pridgen with the addition of Money Mark]

March 2009 Europe tour (with Zechs Marquise, except #)
[members of The Mars Volta: Omar A. Rodríguez-López, Juan Alderete, Marcel Rodríguez-López, Thomas Pridgen with the addition of Ximena Sariñana Rivera and Mark Aanderud]

  • 2009-03-09 Vera, Groningen, The Netherlands
  • 2009-03-10 Botanique, Brussels, Belgium
  • 2009-03-11 Dingwalls, London, United Kingdom
  • 2009-03-12 Point FMR, Paris, France
  • 2009-03-13 Fri-Son, Fribourg, Switzerland
  • 2009-03-14 An Club, Athens, Greece
  • 2009-03-15 Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
  • 2009-03-16 Ubel und Gefahrlich, Hamburg, Germany
  • 2009-03-17 Gebaude 9, Cologne, Germany
  • 2009-03-18 Melkweg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2009-03-20 Cicterna Hall, Moscow, Russia #°

° without Ximena Sariñana Rivera

September to December 2010 Fall tour (US dates with Le Butcherettes; Russian dates originally scheduled for September, later dates of tour were subject to cancellation due to Rodriguez-Lopez family emergency)
[members of The Mars Volta: Omar A. Rodríguez-López, Juan Alderete, Marcel Rodríguez-López, Deantoni Parks, with the addition of Ximena Sariñana Rivera and Lars Stalfors]

  • 2010-11-18 GlavClub, St. Petersburg, Russia°
  • 2010-11-19 TeleClub, Ekaterinburg, Russia°
  • 2010-11-21 Tochka, Moscow, Russia°
  • 2010-11-24 A38, Budapest, Hungary
  • 2010-11-25 Big Hall Arena, Vienna, Austria
  • 2010-11-26 Gagarin 205, Athens, Greece
  • 2010-12-03 Vera, Groningen, Netherlands
  • 2010-12-05 Lido, Berlin, Germany

° without Ximena Sariñana Rivera

Spring 2011 US/Mexico tour (with Zechs Marquise, except #)
[members of The Mars Volta: Omar A. Rodríguez-López, Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Juan Alderete, Marcel Rodríguez-López, Deantoni Parks, Lars Stalfors]

  • 2011-03-19 SXSW, Austin, TX
  • 2011-03-21 Fitzgerald's, Houston, TX
  • 2011-03-22 House of Blues, New Orleans, LA
  • 2011-03-24 Bijou Theatre Center, Knoxville, TN
  • 2011-03-25 Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA
  • 2011-03-26 The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC
  • 2011-03-27 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
  • 2011-03-28 Theater Of The Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2011-03-29 Highline Ballroom, New York, NY
  • 2011-03-30 Middle East, Boston, MA
  • 2011-03-31 The Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY
  • 2011-04-01 Grog Shop, Cleveland, OH°
  • 2011-04-02 Southgate House, Newport, KY°
  • 2011-04-03 Bottom Lounge, Chicago, IL°
  • 2011-04-10 Vive Latino Festival, Mexico City, MX #
  • 2011-04-12 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
  • 2011-04-15 Coachella Festival, Indio, CA #
  • 2011-04-28 South Side Music Hall, Dallas, TX
  • 2011-04-29 Austin PsychFest, Seaholm West Power Plant, Austin, TX
  • 2011-04-30 Neon Desert Music Festival, Cleveland Square Park/San Jacinto Plaza, El Paso, TX

° Cedric Bixler-Zavala absent due to illness


  1. ^ Omar Rodriguez Lopez: Old Money vinyl and Europe Tour Dates | Stones Throw Records
  2. ^ Will John or Omar be playing anything else other then [sic] guitars on the LPs? | Formspring
  3. ^ Highline Show Information
  4. ^ i see Zack Hill has a show near may 2nd in NYC. was he suppose to be one of the guest performers at the may 2nd show? if so, i will kill myself. | Formspring
  5. ^
  6. ^ DAVID ELITCH - Drums / Los Angeles, CA
  7. ^ Metamorphose: News

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