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Chris RIME

Chris Rime fell into the magic cauldron of music as a child. After an early start on drums, he soon found himself enchanted by the guitar. His first experiences as a young performer were at private parties after school. At 16, he received his first commission: to write the score of a short film by the daughter of the monumental French actor, Jean Gabin.
He began to play regularly in Paris jazz clubs, including the Utopia, Sunset, Petit journal Montparnasse, and New Morning.

His guitar-playing talent attracted attention. At the tender age of 19, he crossed the Atlantic to study at the mythical Berklee College of Music in Boston. On guitar, he enjoyed collaborations with Dany Walsh, Makoto Ozone, the Boclé brothers and Stéphane Allard (Montreal Symphonic Orchestra).

On his return to France, Rime continued his craft as a studio and live session guitarist for French mainstream singers. Alongside this career as a sideman, he put together a band with the evocative name "Kab Kabinet et les chasses du Comte Zaroff". He also played on the first Ultramarine album "Programme Jungle", then embarked upon a 'lyrical fusion' experiment with Nguyên Lê in the weird and wonderful group Soap Op. Dominique di Piazza (John Mc Laughlin) and Stéphane Huchard were among the other talents involved in Christophe Rime's musical adventures around this time.
From the 1990s Rime turned his hand increasingly to production and arrangement. He worked on the "Magic Hands " album by the Indian star Kakoli (co-produced by Peter Gabriel), produced the " Soul Preserves " album and singles "Stairway to Heaven" and "The Darkstone will Shine " by the singer Audren, plus the Georges Seba album, to mention a few.

1995 saw the release of his first album, entitled "RIME", on Night and Day records. Christophe is accompanied by Mokhtar Samba and Michel Alibo. " RIME " received favourable reviews and his melodies are used as title sequences for a number of radio shows.
An eclectic artist, Rime is also a composer and arranger of music for video games, such as Motoracer II (over 1,700,000 copies sold), Darkstone (880,000 copies) and Motoracer World Tour/ Motoracer 3 (800,000 copies), featuring Luc Van Acker (Ministry, Won Ton Ton ).

In June 2000, he was awarded the "Sound for 2000" prize by the Val de Marne regional council, the resulting work "Vert l'an 2000" was performed in public from October. He has since composed music for television advertisements, documentaries and series on all French national broadcasters (TF6, FR2, FR3, FR5, MCM, Arte, Eurosport..).
2003 finally sees the release of his second album " Heavy Loud Funk Menuet ", which had been in the cooking pot for over two years. Released on Night and Day, and featuring such prestigious guests as Paco Sery, Linley Marthe and Laurent De Wilde, the album treats the listener to a blend of electro and jazz-fusion. It stayed several months in the top 5 of the TSF (#1 French Jazz Radio) playlist.

In 2005, the album " Blues Back Home " (Night and Day) wins wide acclaim. Sitting somewhere between Blues and World music, the record enables Rime to return to his first love : the Delta Blues. Etienne Mbappé, Djeli Moussa Diawara, Roger Biwandu, Allen Hoist are among those bringing their warmth to this enchanting musical voyage. Several songs from the album are included in the film soundtrack of " Frankie " (with Diane Kruger) in 2006.

In 2007, he recorded « RIME Live ! » (CD+DVD) (Nocturne) with his usual band. He is coming back this year (2012) with a new album featuring Roger Biwandu, Marcus Miller and Michel Alibo. On his fifth album « TV Orchestra », Chris RIME rearrange the main themes from the TV shows issued in the 60’s and the 70’s. You’ll find the great themes from Impossible mission force, Mannix, Peter Gunn, The Avengers, etc.