Chris Rime

As a child, Chris was drawn to the magical world of music. He was captivated by the guitar soon after he had his first drum lesson. As a young performer, his first experiences were at private parties. He was 16 when he was given his first assignment: to score a short film for JeanGabin’s daughter. Attracted attention by his guitar playing talent, He crossed the Atlantic at the tender age of 19 to study at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. He was a guitarist and enjoyed working with the Bocle brothers, Dany Walsh, and Stephane Allard (Montreal Symphonic Orchestra). Rime returned to France in the same capacity as before, continuing his work as a session and studio guitarist for French mainstream singers. He also started a side-job as a guitarist and formed a band called “Kab Kabinetet des chasses du Comte Zaroff”. He was also a part of the first Ultramarine album, “Programme Jungle”. Then he embarked on a ‘lyricalfusion’ experiment with Nguyen Le and the strange and wonderful Soap Op. Stephane Huchard and Dominique di Piazza were also part of Christophe Rime’s musicaladventures. He was a producer on the “Magic Hands” album by Kakoli, an Indian singer, and the singles “Stairway To Heaven” and “The Darkstonewill Shine”, both by Audren. 1995 saw the debut album “RIME” by him on Night and Day Records. Christopheis was accompanied by Mokhtar Sambo, Michel Alibo, and Pierre Olivier Govin. RIME received favorable reviews. His melodies were used as titles for a variety of radio programs, including Mokhtar Samba, Michel Alibo, and Pierre Olivier Govin. He was presented with the Val de Marne region council’s “Sound for 2000” award in June 2000. The resulting work, “Vert l’an 2000”, was made public starting in October. Since then, he has composed music for TV advertisements, documentaries, and series on all French broadcasters (TF6, FR2,FR3, FR5, MCM. Arte. Eurosport 2003 finally releases his second album, “Heavy Loud Funk Menuet”, which has been in the making for more than two years. The album was released on Night and Day and features such prestigious guests as Paco Sery, Linley Marthe, and Laurent De Wilde. It is a mix of jazz-fusion and electro. It remained in the top five of the TSF (#1 French Jazz Radio), playlist for several months. The album Blues Back Home (Night and Day), won wide acclaim in 2005. The record, which sits somewhere between Blues and World music allows Rime to go back to his first love, the DeltaBlues. Djeli MoussaDiawara, Roger Biwandu and Allen Hoist all bring their warmth to this magical musical journey. Many songs from the album were included in the film soundtrack to Frankie (with Diane Kruger in 2006). Christophe Rime was also the Director of Centre des Musiques Actuelles from 2004 to 2007. His fourth album, “RIME Live”, is out in 2007. The album was recorded at the Tryptique and filmed live. The album/DVD includes the usual live band (Roger Biwandu and MikeClinton as well as Allen Hoist, P.O.Govin and Claude Terranova). Chris is often asked to be a consultant/writer for GUITARIST, a french magazine.

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