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Staff Spotlight: Musical talent on display tonight

Staff Spotlight: Musical talent on display tonight

Daniel de Jesús working

Over the last year I have worked part-time at the Barnes as part of the team that makes sure all our visitors have an enjoyable experience. It’s a pretty cool job and I enjoy working with the public and getting to be around such an amazing collection of art.

But my real love is music; I have studied and played it for most of my life. I play cello, sing, and write songs. My coworkers at the Barnes are extremely supportive of my music and many of them have come to see me perform at venues around Philadelphia. The Barnes has a Friday night event in the Annenberg Court that often features musicians and bands. I was thrilled when I was asked to play; I’ll be performing tonight at 6 pm.

Daniel de Jesus performing

I’m inspired by 80s and 90s pop put into a context of mysticism and supernatural phenomena. I have always loved Kate Bush’s music and will be performing several of her songs. I’m most excited to debut some new arrangements I have been working on for a string trio.

My music has sometimes been described as rock, but in this new context I feel that I’ve been tapping into my classical training and have been very pleased with the resulting sound. The Barnes Foundation’s new space feels like a modern temple; within this basilica of minimalism I hope to present a new kind of music: chamber music mixed with pop melodies, carried on luscious strings. Accompanying me are two marvelous musicians, violinist Brian Fitzgerald and cellist Maura Dwyer.

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