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Carmen Rizzo (born April 8, 1964) is a producer, mixer, programmer, DJ, remixer and recording artist based in Los Angeles. The two-time Grammy nominee[1] has worked with Seal, Coldplay, Paul Oakenfold, Alanis Morissette, Dido, Jem, Niyaz, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Khaled, Tiësto, BT, Esthero, A.R. Rahman and Pete Townshend.[2][3][4]

Carmen Rizzo
Birth nameCarmen Rizzo
Born (1964-04-08) 8 April 1964 (age 55)
Akron, Ohio
GenresElectronic world music (EWM)
Occupation(s)Record producer, songwriter, mixer & engineer, recording artist
InstrumentsElectronic instruments (keyboards, turntables, mixing, programming), drums
Associated actsTrentemøller, Apparat, Telefon Tel Aviv, Amon Tobin, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Portishead, Massive Attack, Alpha, The Notwist

Spanning a record-making career of nearly two decades, Rizzo has worked with record producers Trevor Horn, David Foster, Marius De Vries and Rob Cavallo.[5][6] In addition to collaborating with Tuvan throat singers Huun Huur Tu, Rizzo also co-founded the world/electronic act Niyaz with Azam Ali and Loga Ramin Torkian (with three #1 iTunes albums),[5] and contributed original music to the David Lynch Foundation album alongside Moby and Peter Gabriel. Rizzo has released his own solo electronic albums: Lost Art of the Idle Moment[7] (2005), Ornament of an Imposter (2008), and Looking Through Leaves (2010), with invited musicians and vocalists as contributors and The Space Left Behind.[8] Rizzo's music also appears in numerous movies and TV shows including CSI Miami and True Blood.

Rizzo is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and served on the board of Governors & Trustees (Grammy) as well as on the Producer & Engineering Advisory Board. In these roles Rizzo was partly responsible for introducing the category of Best Electronic Album.[9][10] Rizzo participated in and hosted the HBO documentary The Song Story which documents three unsigned music artists produced by him.[11][12]

As a composer, Rizzo is represented by the William Morris Agency. In addition to scoring films for director Michael Apted, he composed the score for the film Perfect Sisters with Oscar-nominated actress Abigail Breslin and Oscar-winner Mira Sorvino, as well as the end title for the video game Uncharted 2.[13] Rizzo is represented by Global Positioning Services in Santa Monica, California.[14]

Selected discographyEdit

Year Artist Album/Song(s) Details
2013 Lea Cappelli Forthcoming Album Producer, engineer, mixer, co-writer
Carmen Rizzo Romancia EP Producer, engineer, mixer, co-writer
2012 Niyaz Sumud Producer, programmer, mixer, musician
2011 Carmen Rizzo The Space Left Behind Producer, engineer, programmer, mixer
2010 Carmen Rizzo Looking Through Leaves Producer, engineer, programmer, mixer
A.R Rahman & Dido If I Rise from 127 Hours Soundtrack Remixer
2009 Huun Huur Tu & Carmen Rizzo Eternal Producer, engineer, programmer, mixer
Lal Meri Lal Meri Producer, engineer, mixer, musician
2008 Carmen Rizzo Ornament of An Imposter Producer, engineer, programmer, mixer
Alanis Morissette Under The Rug Swept Engineer, programmer, mixer
Les Rita Mitsouko Systeme D Engineer, mixer
Niyaz Nine Heavens Producer, programmer, musician
2007 Kate Havnevik Melankton Producer, engineer, programmer, mixer, musician
Jes Disconnect Mixer
Les Rita Mitsouko Systeme D Engineer, mixer
2006 Carmen Rizzo The Lost Art of the Idle Moment Producer, engineer, programmer
2005 Coldplay X and Y Engineer, programmer, Remixer
Niyaz Niyaz Producer, engineer, programmer, mixer, musician
Alanis Morissette "Uninvited" from City of Angels Engineer, programmer, musician
Alanis Morissette "Still" from Dogma Programmer, musician
2004 Rachel Fuller Cigarettes & Housework Producer (with Pete Townshend)
2003 Delerium Chimera Producer, engineer, programmer, mixer, writer
Michael Nyman Sangam Producer, engineer
Carla Werner "Wanderlust" from Departure Producer, engineer, programmer, mixer, writer
Carmen Rizzo "Beso" feat. Kinnie Starr, from Thirteen Producer Engineer, programmer, mixer, writer
2002 Conjure One Sleep Remixer
Paul Oakenfold Bunkka Producer, engineer, ReMixer, mixer, musician, writer
2001 Perry Farrell Song Yet To Be Sung Engineer, programmer, mixer
Grant Lee Phillips Mobilize Producer, engineer, programmer, mixer
Freakpower More of Everything for Everyboyd Mixer
2000 Supreme Beings of Leisure Supreme Beings of Leisure Producer, engineer, mixer
1999 Mel C Northern Star Engineer, mixer
Povi Life in Volcanoes Producer, engineer, programmer, mixer, musician
Beth Nielsen Chapman "Message in a Bottle" from Message in a Bottle Motion Picture Producer, engineer, programmer, mixer, musician
1996 Doyle Bramhall Doyle Bramhall II Engineer, mixer
1994 Seal Seal II Engineer, programmer, mixer, musician
1993 Ray Charles My World Mixer


  1. ^ "Getting Artists Noticed". Mix. May 1, 2009. Archived from the original on May 4, 2009. Retrieved December 8, 2009. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ Grammy Nominees 2009
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Official Selected Discography[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ a b Carmen Rizzo Joins GPS Roster
  6. ^ Ableton: Artist Interview
  7. ^ "Lend an ear to these tunes". USA Today. September 15, 2005. Retrieved December 8, 2009.
  8. ^ "LAPhil Show". Archived from the original on September 8, 2015. Retrieved September 19, 2012.
  9. ^ Interview
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 4, 2014. Retrieved 2012-09-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ GRAMMY SoundTable '08
  12. ^ "Grammy SoundTable". October 5, 2008. Retrieved December 8, 2009. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ William Morris Agency: Carmen Rizzo
  14. ^ Global Positioning Services

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