totally awesome

Bassist Jason Fraticelli is one third of the creative trio behind FRESH CUT ORCHESTRA, and he's got a restless mind. That's why he's bringing a full length record of his material to you in July. DREAM DIARIES is the full on Jason Fraticelli - composer, multi-instrumentalist, song writer, and sometime comedian. Drawing from an array of influences inlcuding the great Frank Zappa, Ween, Bowie, and the Beatles, Dream Diaries will take you on a rollicking and complex musical trip with a taste of not too heavy sarcasm. It's fun, it's deep, it's totally awesome. Preorder the CD and high quality download right here.

The Critics Speak

Sending a big congratulations to Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah for landing the Downbeat Critics Poll Rising Star Award in the Composer category, and to Elena Pinderhughes as the Rising Star on the Flute. Of course we are big fans of Stretch Music 1, but we are especially pleased to see the critics embrace the evolution of the genre in such a way. Drop in here and see the list. Stay tuned for news of the next Christian Scott release, coming soon to a Ropeadope near you. 


Composer and bassist Carlos Maldonado Cisneros hails from somewhere in Mexico - where, we do not know as he travels the land creating new music. His next release - Side 2 - is set for release worldwide via Ropeadope Sur on July 8, and it expresses his unique musical aesthetic, drawing from avant-garde jazz, free improvisation, and post-rock. Side 2 features Juan Pablo Villa, Hernán Hecht, Chris Cogburn, Daniel Aspuru Guzik, Natalia Pérez Turner, Alexander Bruck, Juan J. García, and Fernando Vigueras. How can we describe the music? Flowing, churning, intense, like an interior adventure of the mind - an album in which you feel the artist's heart at all times. Music that you HAVE to pay attention to. Hit up the label and check it right here.   

Firewerk (KIN4LIFE)

Check this - Artists First Records is a woman owned independent label from Philly, and they are the freshest part of the Ropeadope family. First up to ring in your July is KIN4LIFE, the female duo from NY by way of Atlanta GA. NOR and IQ are friends, partners in life and music, and they bring fire on stage with a powerful and positive message. They write together, produce together, and live and love life together. Hip-Hop icons, role models, and all around amazing people, KIN4LIFE bring their new single FIREWERK this Friday as an opening treat on their way to the next album. Dig in, get #LITT and stay tuned

alone together

It's no secret - there is a battle raging in the world today. A battle between fear and love; between those who would turn back to the dark ages by drawing lines of separation and those who seek the vision of humanity united. Music always sides with the light, and carries it forward no matter how dark the path. When hope is hard to find, musicians just play the divine. Today we have two releases from different corners of the world for your ears and your heart. FUN SLOW RIDE is a work of beauty from Italy with a longing message of LOVE. ON OUR WAY TO FOREVER is a soulful testament of endurance on the path, from Philadelphia by way of New Orleans, with roots in the gospel tradition. Ropeadope hopes that you find the light today, and support these peaceful warriors who bring us joy through music. Here. Here

Jungle Earth (A love Electric)

Meet The Band

Friday marks the first release from Philly boy turned NOLA man Jimmy Stephens and his Full Tilt Boogie Band. If you know Philly, then you most likely know Kinyon Lanier, who brings an old school, take your time, let the spirit move you feel to his vocals. Tune in and feel the strength of this man's voice, and get out this Friday and see him perform with The Funky Brethren and Boy Wonder at Milkboy on Chestnut Street. Philly Love And Soul, Y'all. Forever.  

Let the children

“We all arrive through the gate of our dreams And depart through the veil of our tears. And in between with the passage of time We measure our moments in minutes and in years. And no one can take the measure of another. And no other can know what the other one knows. And only the love from a father or mother Can go where our children are destined to go” (Ben Sidran / Gege Telesforo) Fun Slow Ride

Next (Fun Slow Ride)

Fun Slow Ride

Italian instrumentalist, composer, radio and television personality Gege (Pronounced Jay-jay) Telesforo has the world in his hands. Noted as 'Italy's foremost jazz singer' by friend and collaborator Ben Sidran, Gege has performed with greats like Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Clyde Stubblefield, and DeeDee Bridgewater, to name but a few. Gege's broad balance as a composer and an improvisor, coupled with his deep knowledge and interest in the delightful bridge between jazz and funk, are on full display with his recent recordings. And now Leo Sidran has hipped us to Gege's newest: FUN SLOW RIDE is a collaboration with Ben Sidran, with guests Alan Hampton, Sachal Vasandani, Joanna Teters and more. FUN SLOW RIDE taps into the root and brings a thing of beauty into the world, to make it a better place. Dig in right here and take a Fun. Slow. Ride. 

El Temblor (Trio Subtonic)

south by northwest

This week marks the release of the heavy groovin album FICTION from Trio Subtonic, and Ropeadope Sur nomad in chief TODD CLOUSER is heading up the coast to lay it down with GALEN CLARK. Check the impromptu four piece with Galen, Todd, Damian Erskine, and Tarik Abouzied in Seattle, Portland, Eugene, and Talent this week. Dates are here, get your mind and body in the deep deep groove right here. Support the music by getting to the gig, picking up a copy for you and your friends, or spreading the word. Thank You.