José Rivera, Jr. by Wayland Bell

Fragile beauty is not superfluous; it is eternal - I create and fight for things that matter. Through electro-glam pop music and athletic post-modern dance I vow to bring light to our darkest moments — smashing through superficiality and celebrating all bodies. My work makes space for non-binary, queer stories to shift perspective in pop music and culture. My lyrics are sensitive, detailed, and meaningful. I make flash, spectacle, and comedy for the sake of stripping it all away to highlight the intricacies and intimacies of bodies like my own. I make work for all bodies. All bodies - of all shapes, colors, and abilities will move - sing - dance - create freely.

José Rivera, Jr., (@joseishere) is a queer, nonbinary, Puerto Rican recording and performing artist.  They create glam electro-pop music and athletic dance for stage and screen. José’s work orients us towards Queer Future - queering narratives of love, power, and vulnerability.  José has made work for YouTube, Radio City Music Hall, La MaMa ETC., NYU Tisch, The Flea Theater, Fordham University, with features in The Advocate, Logo NewNowNext, and WNYC/NPR.   José has worked most recently with artists Sam Pinkleton, Ani Taj/Dance Cartel, Meredith Monk, The B52s, and YouTube’s Queer Kid Stuff to name an awesome few.

José's latest work LQQK is a visual album featuring 10 original songs and choreographies for everyone who has ever been in-between.  An EP by the same name will be released February 2020 on all major streaming platforms.  

José was awarded the prestigious Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship to attend New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.  They are currently a Creator-in-Residence at Kickstarter to fund the LQQK EP.