Monday, Nov. 20th
Lebanese singer Rima Khcheich was born in the village of Khiam in southern Lebanon, in 1974. She began singing classical Arabic music at the age of nine and was awarded the bronze medal at the Bizert Festival for Mediterranean Song in Tunisia in 1985.
Having participated in various concerts in Lebanon and around the world, Rima has gained international repute and admiration for her gift in performing complex Arabic classical forms such as Dor 'Emta El Hawa', and Muwashah "Anta al Mudallal." Since 2001 she has collaborated with the esteemed Dutch jazz ensemble, the Yuri Honing Trio, and has recorded three albums -- "Orient Express", "Yalalalli" and her most recent release, "Falak" -- in which she seamlessly melds the established Arabic song repertoire into the western jazz idiom, creating an exciting new sub-genre.
In addition to her solo career, Rima teaches oriental singing at the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music and is invited on a yearly basis to the United States where she teaches voice and classical Arabic singing at the annual Arabic Music Retreat held at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, directed by renown musician and composer Simon Shaheen.