Announcing Uprising Music

Following the acclaimed release of Eddie Palmieri’s latin jazz crossover release, Sabiduria, the team at Palmieri HQ has formed a new model record label and artist management company that carries forward the pioneering spirit of Mr. Palmieri. Uprising Music seeks to cross cultural boundaries and blend styles as a bridge between communities from diverse backgrounds; transmitting traditions through generational evolution. Uprising’s artists come from diverse backgrounds, deeply rooted in the musical culture of the Caribbean and New York City. Urban sounds including jazz, hip-hop, funk and Afro-Caribbean genres are key ingredients in the DNA of these artists, and one can expect recordings and live performances to reflect that diversity while pushing forward to new collaborations and styles. The Uprising Music team includes Eddie Palmieri II, Zoilo R. Torres, and Frank Abenante. 

To illustrate the power of Uprising, their first release will be the new album from the vibrant Flamenco and Jazz pianist Alex Conde. A Spaniard, Alex is a graduate in Classical Music from the Jose Iturbi Conservatory of Music in Valencia and in Jazz piano from el Liceu de Barcelona in Spain. He won a scholarship to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he received the Jazz Revelation Award and earned a degree in Jazz Performance in 2009 as well as a Master’s Degree in Piano Jazz Performance at the Aaron Copland Conservatory in New York City. Alex has studied with contemporary jazz luminaries including George Garzone, Danilo Pérez, Dave Santoro, or Grammy Award-winners Joe Lovano, Maria Schneider. His new release, titled Origins, clearly embodies the mission of Uprising, and includes members of the family including Conrad Herwig, Marcus Gilmore, Dayna Stephens, Brian Lynch, Luques Curtis, Ismael Fernandez and Guillermo Barron among others. 

The roles in the music business are finally changing to be supportive of artists, rather than exploitative, and Uprising will break new ground as a model for emerging artists. With a variety of support in booking, management, marketing, promotion, Uprising carries the momentum forward on behalf of a collaborative community.
— Zoilo R Torres

Ropeadope is an independent record label known for unique recordings that cross genres. Founded in 1999, the label has released over 400 recordings, with historically progressive albums from an impressive roster of artists including King Britt, Col. Bruce Hampton, Snarky Puppy, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, and Terrace Martin. The label has been at the forefront of the new music business, tailoring a new model of artist support and unique social media strategies. Ropeadope is a hub for artist-driven interdependent label imprints Mashibeats, Atlanta Records, Prince Polo Records, RSVP Records, Sounds Of Crenshaw, Ropeadope Sur, and more. 

I cannot overstate the respect we have for Mr. Eddie Palmieri; the source is his leadership in using music as a tool to connect people by blending cultural and musical styles. In these times of monocultural pressure, it is so essential to represent cultural diversity in a way that respects tradition but places progressive connection between humans at the forefront. Uprising Music represents these values, and we are very excited to hear the music that they will present.
— Louis Marks
Zoilo Torres