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Daniel de Jesús

By Wes Calkin

Daniel de Jesús, a versatile artist from North Philly, is celebrated for blending ‘freak folk’ and Baroque in their music. Trained by luminaries like Vivian Barton Dozor, they graduated from the University of the Arts with a bachelor’s in fine arts. Their global tour with Rasputina showcased their exploration of gothic and folk realms. Albums like “La Dolorosa” and “Kyrie” delve into identity and spirituality, rooted in Puerto Rican heritage. As director of music education at AMLA, they empower young musicians. De Jesús’s art catalyzes social change, fostering inclusivity and empowerment within marginalized communities. Rose, You Are Who You Eat starring John Jarboe further exemplifies their collaborative prowess.