Charles Rivera is a composer, improviser, multi-instrumentalist, teacher, and sound artist. He was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. He studied at the New School in New York City. Charles has performed with Godspeed You Black Emperor, David Wax Museum, The Louisville Orchestra, Orchestra Enigmatic, Pleasure Boys and more; he currently leads the groups MINEcONTROL and Stook. Charles has performed at SXSW, World Cafe at NPR, Gasparilla Music Festival, Americana Music Festival and Conference, Boston House of Blues, and KMAC among others. His compositions, arrangements, and installations have been featured at Bernhiem Forest as part of SONICBernheim, The Speed Art Museum, The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, Dreamland, Parsons School of Design, and The People’s Garden in Brooklyn. He lives and teaches in Louisville, Kentucky. Charles is available for teaching in Louisville or Via Skype.