Quisol: artist + Organizer
Joseph Quisol is a queer artist, producer, and organizer based in Oakland, CA. Raised in North Carolina in a family of mixed Filipinx and Puerto Rican descent, Quisol’s work draws from these ancestral roots
Sonically, Quisol draws from salsa and Afro-Caribbean rhythms, often singing in Spanglish. Politically, Quisol’s music is rounded in the history of colonization, genocide, slavery, but most importantly, of resistance.
Quisol's social mission is integral to his music. With each song and visual project, his goal is to active engage audiences in the imagination of new, liberated futures. With each performance and live experience that he produces, he works to build community and create alternative spaces that affirm queer and trans people of color - a revolutionary act of celebration in a world that denies the humanity of these groups.
With the aim of subverting old systems, Quisol entered one of the oldest institutions in this country - Harvard University - where he earned his Master's Degree in Art in Education. At Harvard, Quisol studied under music greats including Vijay Iyer and Esperanza Spalding. At Harvard, Quisol also learned to access institutional resources that he now shares to help others along in their work as artists.
Quisol was awarded a $15,000 Live Arts Boston Grant to produce events and record his debut album REVELATIONS. Released March 2019, this 13 track work was co-created with queer and trans artists of color from across the United States. Quisol has also presented his work and hosted workshops in community spaces in the Bay Area and at conferences including the inaugural Arts Equity Summit in Boston.