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Rivera Nabs First Emmy Award

Jazzed Magazine • News • September 19, 2018

Frost School of Music faculty member Carlos Rafael Rivera won his first Emmy Award for his main titles theme music from Netflix limited series “Godless.” The awards were handed out at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles. Rivera is assistant Professor and Director of the Musicianship, Artistry Development, & Entrepreneurship (MADE) Program at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami.

“Creating the music for Godless was an amazing experience,” said Rivera after his win, “I am ever so grateful to have been nominated by my peers at the television academy – and for the honor of receiving this award. I still can’t believe it.” Rivera shared some of his process for scoring “Godless” by releasing two YouTube videos, giving audiences a peek at how he scored the characters and story.

“When it came time to write the main theme for ‘Godless,’ we tried to find a singable melody, something that we could carry with us and would help encapsulate the story. Having the legendary T Bone Burnett as executive music producer, as well as mix the main theme, influenced and inspired my approach to scoring the story,” Rivera added.

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