From a tender age, Christine Atallah took to the bright lights, making her first television appearance at the remarkable age of four years old. She joined children's choruses and became a prime soloist within these groups. In Milan she trained and sang alongside some Italy's great bel canto singers. Christine then toured with the megalithic stadium production of Verdi's celebrated grand opera Aida, having been, literally, distinguished out of a cast of a thousand. International stage and screen engagements followed.
Canadians and cinéphiles the world over were regaled by her stirring screen appearance in Denis Arcand's Jésus de Montréal. Christine took to the screen and sang for the soundtrack in three memorable movements from Pergolesi's Sabat Mater. The film swept the Genie Awards in Canada and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. Until this day, people remember the hauntingly beautiful singing of the intense, dark haired beauty. She then completed her University training in music.
Throughout all this, a musical alliance was forged between her and illustrious Canadian composer John Winiarz, that stands until today. From the time of their meeting, Christine, as performer and muse has inspired, premiered or performed in some 12 of Mr.Winiarz's compositions. She is described by the composer as profoundly affecting his creative work. Christine then spent four years living in New York City, where she composed, studied dance, recorded and appeared in more films and music videos. This multidisciplinary Diva, sings several styles of music with great ease and authority. She often collaborates with famous Montreal jazz pianist Billy Georgette. She founded an exceptionally original group called the Bassalindos, featuring the gifted François Lalonde on acoustic Bass, the great and gregarious Basil de Sousa on drums and the brilliant Danny McLaughlin on guitar. Their repertoire ventures dazzling forays into innovative creativity, witty selections, bravado tunes and tender masterpieces, freshly rendered. Several numbers push the limits of jazz and move into adapted classical and exotic variations blending touches of pop, sultry cabaret, torchy jazz, and Arabic flavor. The Bassalidos compose and perform their original music as well .
Christine has been involved and featured on several LP's and is working on her solo album. In whichever of the many languages she sings in, there is always emotion, yearning and passion to be heard in Christine's sultry, but powerful instrument. Her voice and presence envelop and convey the listener to a place where cares cannot reach, where dreams are bestirred and memories revisited.
E.P.A. Press Dept. ©2004