HIHEAL is the musical creation of Puerto Rican pianist and composer ALEXA RIVERA.
HIHEAL was born in the aftermath of one of the most destructive natural disasters that has faced the island of Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria. The apocalyptic devastation that took place, plus the struggle of living without basic commodities like electricity, water, and food rationing for three months, fueled ALEXA's creative essence, taking her to a very vulnerable and contemplative place.
Hurricane Maria meant the destruction of everything that was conceived as secure, inmutable. The only thing that remained was her inner world, where she found strength to create this work, a tool to make peace with her deepest fears.
The music that came through is powerful, dark, deep and raw, with a hint of analog synths, modern electro-latin beats and "jíbaro" textures. HIHEAL is on a space uniquely its own as it is heavily influenced on rock, funk, atmospheric and electronic music, but rooted in Puerto Rican musical heritage at the same time. Therefore, HIHEAL music is deliberately out of genre.
ALEXA is joined by drummer TONY ESCAPA and bassist BRYAN PEREZ.
ALEXA RIVERA is a pianist, composer and producer born and raised in Aguada, Puerto Rico. Her musical awakening began at an early age. Being the daughter of a professional musician, Alexa was naturally exposed to all kinds of music, especially Puerto Rican folkloric music.
She began piano lessons at the age of four and continued her education in classical piano in the Puerto Rico Music Conservatory. During that period, Alexa discovered her passion for improvisation finding in jazz the freedom to express herself. In 2014 she graduated from the Piano Jazz Performance program at Puerto Rico Music Conservatory, institution where she later joined the faculty as piano teacher.
Alexa has performed internationally with artists of diverse music genres such as ‘urban’ artist Tego Calderon, singer-songwriter Draco Rosa, singer iLe and currently rock band Vivanativa. In 2016, Alexa won a Grammy recognition for her participation as pianist in the album “iLevitable” by iLe.
At the moment she continues her work as freelance pianist for various artists, collaborates as co-producer in other projects, and develops her latest creation, HIHEAL.