“For me the guitar is a vehicle of expression with which I am in constant strife, in it I find overcoming and quietude, it is my second self.”
The great Miguel Rivera developed his musical career as companion to flamenco dancers, as a concert guitarist and as a teacher at numerous seminaries. He was initiated in the flamenco world early on, at the age of 17 accompanying the flamenco dancer Carmen Mora at the world famous tablaos such as Café de Chinitas and Corral de la Pacheca.
Ever since he turned twenty, this Madrid native went around the world from Flamenco festival to festival together with choreographers and dancers such as Joaquin Ruiz, Javier Baron, Domingo Ortega, Beatriz Marti, Jose Antonio Ruiz, Manuela Vargas, Candy Roman and Diego Lori.
Between 1980 and 1984 he worked for the Australian Arts Council, staging flamenco guitar concerts along with the jazz master David Smith on the principal stages of Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. From 1985 to 1989 he toured across Europe and later Russia and America as the second guitar to Victor Monge, better known as Serranito, sponsored by the Spanish Ministry of Culture. Later on, he embarked on an adventure touring with the work titled El Cachorro in Mexico and Argentina along with Manuela Vargas and Jose Antonio Ruiz.
The 1980’s was definitely a key decade in Rivera’s prolific career. During this time, he received great recognition: he was a finalist at the XIV Flamenco Guitar Competition, he was invited to the III International Festival in Havana, and received a special mention at the Firenze Lírica for his collaboration on the work titled La vida breve.
All in all, Miguel Rivera earned his place among the greatest flamenco players of our time with his own musical discourse introducing hew harmonies, melodies and rhythms often based on the work of the supreme Paco de Lucia. He also experimented with jazz fusion based on solid flamenco foundations.