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Rafael is a UK-based film music composer, orchestrator and CEO.

 

Known for integrating his extensive classical training with his skills in sound design and electronic music, he has crafted uniquely hybrid and inventive scores for a number of films, series, documentaries, and music production companies, including additional bespoke music for the National Geographic documentaries When Sharks Attack: Season 8 (2022), Maui Shark Mistery (2022), Counting Jaws (2022), and Camo Sharks (2022). In addition, he has orchestrated the score for No Roses on a Sailor's Grave (2020); co-composed music for the Youtube series Jan Jaruka (2019); and composed music for the films Dreams (2021) and The Post Man (2022) by Schwa Animation Studios, Ribeira (2020) directed by Filipa Santos, Blair (2020) by Gabbi Slater, The Portal (2020) by Jess Carter, Mirror Image (2018) directed by Rachel Pownall and The Hunt (2018) directed by Harry Galgut. 

 

From a story-driven approach to dedicated sound pallets, Rafael’s music seeks to give each and every story its unique voice, resulting from an experimental and collaborative process to enhance the ideas and images of great filmmaking in truly bespoke ways. 

 

In 2020 Rafael set up the company “Engrave Production Music” providing score services for TV, film, advertising, and library across the globe currently with a roster of 9 composers. As the director, supervisor, and composer at Engrave, Rafael has worked on commissions for Warner Chappell Production Music, BMG Production Music, Figure and Groove, Gargantuan Music, Muchas Music, Bleach Music, Dos Brain, Wrong Planet, and Absolute Music.

 

Rafael has collaborated with a number of artists including his partner Jia Lee to co-found “Pitch Eminence” in 2021, a forward-thinking production studio releasing cutting-edge contemporary, ambiance, and electronic music for film, TV, and art installations, with works on Netherlands Channel 1, National Geographic, and Disney+.

 

As early as 8 years old, Rafael began his musical training at Callouts Gulbenkian Conservatoire of Aveiro in Portugal. At the age of twelve, he started composing and performing his music exploring the combination of traditional writing with electronic instruments. It became clear to Rafael that he wanted to become a film composer and in his late teens, where he moved to the United Kingdom to study film music at a degree level. He graduated top of his class at Leeds Conservatoire, receiving a First Class Bachelor of Arts degree in Film Music in 2020.

 

Rafael’s background in classical music has been a great influence on his works, predominantly inspired by the works of Richard Strauss, Mahler and Tchaikovsky. Later he was introduced to film scoring through the works of composers such as James Horner, Ludwig Goransson and Harry Gregson-Williams. Other inspiration includes electronic and experimental composers such as Jon Hopkins, Jóhann Jóhannsson and Radiohead.