Jan Rivera is a graduate from both the A.A. and bachelor’s programs (Electric Guitar Performance – Contemporary Styles) at Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, CA; where he studied with Alex Machacek, Antti Kotikoski, Chris Juergensen, Greg Howe, Scott Henderson, and also worked as a Teaching Assistant.
He was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where he started his formal education by obtaining a B.M. in Musical Education and a B.A. in Music (Classical Guitar) from the Universidad Interamericana of Puerto Rico, San German Campus. He also finished all coursework for a Masters in Music Education before moving to Los Angeles, where he still resides.
His book “Advanced Rhythmic Concepts for Guitar; Foreword by Alex Machacek: (An in-depth study on Metric Modulation, Polyrhythms and Polymeters)” reached the 2014 Abstract Logix top sellers list, and placed #1 in its category for best sellers at Amazon.com. It has also received raving reviews by publications the likes of JazzTimes Magazine, Vintage Guitar Magazine,fellow authors (Mel Bay/Hal Leonard), educators (Musicians Institute, Berklee College of Music, and the Tokyo School of Music), as well as other musicians. It has been cited in several books around the world, and used as a resource in music bachelor programs.
Jan has worked as an on-set consultant, curriculum designer and writer for Fender Guitars, and taught and performed clinics with Guitar Workshop Plus. A guitar camp that regularly features guest artists like Tosin Abasi, Paul Gilbert, Albert Lee, Gary Hoey, and Andy McKee.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
When I first heard Jan Rivera's music, I was freaking out!
...I get asked to do a lot of projects. I have to say that many of them are really good, but it's not very often that you find a unique compositional voice.
[Solo Artist, MaMoGi,
My reaction was surprised, shocked… Because I heard how challenging the material was but also at the same time, how beautiful the writing was. The orchestration and how beautiful the parts were written. It felt like a story, it had meaning to it, every song had something to say…
...When I hear something that has never been done before, it automatically pushes me to do something better…
There's a lot of detail that flows into the making of these pieces. There's a lot of experience also that went into it. When you listen to Mohini, Jan, and myself playing together there's a lot of facility. But it is never really overwhelming...
[Virgil Donati Band]
It's emotionally substantive, but technical at the same time... Which is not the easiest thing to pull off...
...Seems like there's a lot of things that are available that are all out on the table. Whether it's twentieth century harmony, or deeper rhythmic considerations...
Danny Elfman Band]
He brings to the table, only the freshest concepts.
And again, like, kind of, beyond everyone and above everybody's head; all the crazy rhythmic stuff that he comes up with...
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