Heather Rivas is a pianist/composer based out of Los Angeles. She is a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA where she studied Performance and Music Business. She currently attends California Institute of the Arts for her MFA in Jazz Studies.
In her first year at Berklee she put together her own trio, the Rivas Trio, and performed in Los Angeles, and Boston. In addition, she has toured with jazz trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, performed at the Playboy Jazz Festival, and has performed for the former Secretary of State, Madeline Albright. Furthermore, Heather has studied with Jetro Da Silva, the former keyboardist for Whitney Houston, Emmanuel Fratianni, the conductor for "Video Games Live', Jason Goldman, the USC Chairmen of Jazz Studies, and the well-known Saxaphonist, Walter Smith III.
Heather has played piano and percussion in the 2014 Disneyland All American College Band, and has been able to perform with highly acclaimed trumpeter Wayne Bergeron, and world-renowned bassist John Clayton.
Through Berklee Heather has been a part of many different projects that have combined her passions. She is the co-founder of the band, Her Say, and was an Executive Campus Ambassador for the Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business where she created a Women's Empowerment event on Berklee's campus. Upon graduating Berklee, Heather released her solo EP entitled "Licorice" on June 30th, 2017. This debut is the first showcase in her own compositions and how they fuse together the styles of music that influence her.
Most recently, Heather is the current pianist for artist Tonina Saputo who she has performed and toured with in the U.S. and Europe.
Heather's musical inspirations are derived from many styles of music such as, Jazz, Rock, and R&B. All of these textures can be found within the contributions she has made in others music and in her own music. Her projects vary from collaborative efforts to solo work. Heather thrives in the collaborative setting because it is imperative to the creative process. Additionally, collaborations help build meaningful relationships in the ever-changing music industry.