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Rima Khcheich

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"Rima Khcheich - Falak"

A magnificent, splashing and flexible voice, a faultless intonation and
a keen musical ear
- Volkskrant, The Netherlands

If oriental singing is your thing, don’t miss this
- Time Out, Lebanon

Her tender, classically trained vocals, even slightly remind you of Portuguese fado
- Haarlems Dagblad, The Netherlands

Khcheich is a singer who articulates very precisely
- Jazz, The Netherlands

She sings dreamy .... it’s always beautiful
- Alkmaarder Courant, The Netherlands

A clear and warm voice
- De Gelderlander, The Netherlands - div


Rima Khcheich

Rima Khcheich
Chill Island Records

Yuri Honing Trio with Rima Khcheich,
Basem Havar and Latif Al-Obaidy
Orient Express
JIM 75123



In the summer of 2008 the new CD Falak of Rima Khcheich Group was released. They presented the CD at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and in Beirut, Lebanon. The repertoire of the new album consists of traditional and modern Arab songs in western contemporary arrangements: music that brings together two musical cultures of seemingly different directions.

Rima Khcheich started singing at the age of seven, and two years later she became a member of the Arab orchestra and choral in Beirut under the direction of Salim Sahhab. At the age of eleven, she became a soloist with Sahhab’s group, singing the most difficult repertoire in Arabic vocal music. A graduate of The Lebanese National Conservatory of Music and The Lebanese American University, Rima has performed in live performances throughout the Middle East, Europe and the USA specializing in Arab-Andalusian Muwashshahat form, and 19th & 20th century Arabic traditional vocal repertoires. Since 1999, Rima Khcheich is an instructor of Classical Arabic Singing at The Lebanese National Superior Conservatory of Music in Beirut and has been a faculty member of the Annual Arabic Music Retreat at Mount Holyoke College.

In 2002-2003 Rima was part of the successful Arab/Dutch formation Orient Express that featured a/o the members of the Yuri Honing Trio consisting of saxophonist Yuri Honing, Tony Overwater on double bass and drummer Joost Lijbaart. A warm friendship between the musicians developed and they stayed in touch with each other. Early 2006 Rima invited Tony for a special solo project in Beirut. After the war in Lebanon, Rima visited Holland to give an exclusive concert at the international War & Peace Conference in Amsterdam together with the Trio and guitarist Maarten van der Grinten. The result of this performance was so extraordinary, the musicians immediately decided to make plans for the near future. This resulted, besides many other projects and concerts, in the making of the CD Falak.