Carlos Rafael Rivera

Asst. Professor

Phone:
(305) 284-6189
Address:
Frost North Studio Wing 5499 San Amaro Dr Coral Gables, Florida 33146

 
About

About Me

Quote

Having spent the better part of my life making and teaching across musical genres, I know of no other way to so deeply feel the wonder of being alive.

Biography

Carlos is a protégé of Randy Newman, and earned a DMA in Composition at USC’s Thornton School, where he studied with Donald Crockett and Stephen Hartke.

His work for Film and Television includes scores for Netflix’ GODLESS, starring Jeff Daniels and Michelle Dockery, and Universal Pictures’ A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES, starring Liam Neeson.

As a guitarist, he has performed onstage as opening act for The Who at the Hollywood Bowl; recorded studio sessions for Island/Def Jam, and Universal Records; as well as had songs featured on ABC’s Scrubs, MTV, and VH-1.

His work for the performing arts has been featured by some of the most prominent ensembles and soloists, including Arturo Sandoval, Colin Currie, Chanticleer, Cavatina Duo, the Chicago Sinfonietta, the American Composers Orchestra (ACO), and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (LAGQ); commissioned by the Simon Bolivar Youth Symphony and the American Wind Symphony; recorded by Warner, Sony, Naxos, and Cedille labels; and awarded by the Herb Alpert Foundation, the Guitar Foundation of America, BMI, and twice by ASCAP.

As an educator, Carlos is Assistant Professor and Director of the Musicianship, Artistry Development, & Entrepreneurship (MADE) Program at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music.
Career

Honors & Acknowledgements

Professional Experience


As Composer/Songwriter/Guitarist

Television

  • Netflix: Godless, 2017
-Original Score for the Steven Soderberg produced miniseries, starring Jeff Daniels, Michelle Dockery, and directed by Scott Frank

  • ABC: Scrubs (My Absence), 2009
-Original Song “Last Salutation” co-written and performed with Randy Coleman

Film

  • Universal Pictures: A Walk Among the Tombstones, 2014 Original Score for the Universal Pictures release, starring Liam Neeson, and directed by Scott Frank
  • The Weinstein Company: Feast, 2006 - Original Song “You Will Shine” co-written and performed with Randy Coleman for the Weinstein Company release, starring Balthazar Getty, and directed by John Gulager 

Live Performance Highlights

  • 26 date US Tour opening for Bryan Adams and Def Leppard, 2005
  • Opening act for The Who at the Hollywood Bowl, 2004 

As Affiliate

  • William Morris Endeavor Entertainment – Amos Newman, Agent, since 2014
  • Aranjuez Artistic Services – Sean Samimi, Manager, since 2016
  • Associaton for Popular Music Education – Board Member, since 2017
  • The Society of Composers and Lyricists, since 2014
  • The Recording Academy (NARAS/Grammys), Voting member since 2005
  • The Latin Recording Academy (LARAS/ Latin Grammys), Voting member since 2005
  • Harry Fox Agency, Inc. – since 2007
  • Pi Kappa Lambda - National Music Honor Society, since 2003
  • Phi Kappa Phi – National Honor Society, since 1997
  • Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), since 1996

Recent Commissions/Awards

  • Netflix – Los Gatos, CA, 2017
  • Original Score for Godless, a six hour mini-series produced by Steven Soderbergh, starring Jeff Daniels and Michelle Dockery, and directed by Scott Frank 
  • CINTAS Awards, Brandon Fradd Fellowship in Music Composition – Miami, FL, 2015
  • Selected as Finalist in the composition of a new work by the CINTAS foundation, which awards fellowships annually to creative artists of Cuban lineage who live outside of Cuba 
  • Kickstarter – Chicago, IL, 2016
  • Planned and oversaw The Cavatina Duo’s first successful Kickstarter campaign in order to help promote the completed Cedille recording and enable an increase in visibility 
  • Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences – Los Angeles, CA, 2015
  • The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences selected A Walk Among the Tombstones as one of 114 scores from eligible feature length motion pictures in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 87th Oscars 
  • XIV BSO Gold Spirit Awards – Madrid, SPAIN, 2015
  • Two time Nominee for A Walk Among the Tombstones under the Best Thriller and Breakout Composer of the Year categories 
  • Thomas Baron through a grant to Cedille Records – Chicago, IL, 2015
  • Commission of Plegaria y Canto al Bodre de La Mar, a chamber work for the Cavatina Duo and Lincoln Trio 
  • Universal Pictures – Los Angeles, CA, 2014
  • Original Score for A Walk Among the Tombstones, starring Liam Neeson and directed by Scott Frank