Gabriel Urgell Reyes hits the Independent Music Awards (NYC) with his album Metaphor of Silence

Updated: Jun 6, 2019

The French-Cuban Pianist, Composer and Producer Gabriel Urgell Reyes based in Versailles, France, was named by Music Resource Group (MRG) as a Nominee in The 17th annual Independent Music Awards (The IMAs), the influential awards program for independent artists and self-releases. Fans and industry panelists in 103 Album, Song, EP, Music Producer, Music Video and Design categories that were culled from thousands of submissions worldwide, nominated innovative indie label projects in all styles and mediums.

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Gabriel Urgell Reyes at La Gaité Lyrique, Paris

Along with Gabriel Urgell Reyes, who is also a virtuoso classical pianist, an eclectic mix of work by established artists and emerging talent from around the globe will be honored at The 17th IMA ceremony on June 22 in New York City including: Marike van Dijk, Masta Ace & Marco Polo, QUOR, Maria Muldaur, Omar Sosa, Ella Vos, Nsimbi, Firkin, Lucy Wainwright Roche, David Chesky, and Lucy Kalantari & The Jazz Cats.

The album Metaphor of Silence by Gabriel Urgell Reyes is nominated in the ALBUM ECLECTIC category, while Urgell Reyes himself and co-producer Océane Urgell-Drobnik are nominated in MUSIC PRODUCER category for the same album.

The winning projects will be selected by judging panels of top recording artists including: Tom Waits, Lee Ann Womack, Robert Smith, Boyce Avenue, Martha Wash, Ben Lovett and Todd Rundgren, among many others; and influential press and talent buyers from the Americas, Europe and Pacific Rim.

17th IMA winners announced at Symphony Space Performing Arts Center

The year’s best self-released and indie label projects will be announced June 22nd 2019 from the Symphony Space stage during The IMAs Indie Konference in New York City. Now in its third year, the annual conference for Artists, Artivists and Artistpreneurs draws hundreds of top-ranked creatives from around the globe for awards, performances, workshops and networking events. Honors will be presented in between performances by nominated artists.

The Independent Music Awards winners will be promoted to millions of music fans via online & broadcast promotions, performance and distribution opportunities.

Details and complete list of Nominees and Judges available at:

Answering about what these nominations mean to his career, Gabriel Urgell Reyes said:

These nominations are already a Prize for my work. This is an accelerator not only in France and in the USA, but also globally. This is a very important step in my career”

Artistry. Diversity. Excellence.

Now in its 18th year, The Independent Music Awards - produced by Music Resource Group - honor the year’s most exceptional and artistically daring music projects from self-released and indie label talent from around the globe. 

Program winners and nominees are extraordinary artists at every stage of their careers. Previous honorees include Amy Lee, Killer Mike, Valerie June, Meghan Trainor, Passenger, Jackson Browne, Radio Radio, Nik West and JD McPherson among many others.

Listen and find more information about Gabriel Urgell Reyes’ nominated album Metaphor of Silence and the multidisciplinary project around it.