Already at the tender age of 7, French-born Hichem Khalfa decided to become a master trumpet player after attending Argenteuil Conservatory with his father. It should be this, and not another instrument.
In 2009 he began studying classical trumpet at the Geneva Conservatory and continued his studies at McGill University in Montreal, where he frequently frequented jazz clubs and immersed himself in the local jazz scene. In 2015 he released his first album "Histoires sans mots" in Quebec in the quintet. Two years later, his album "Reminiscences" follows, which seduces the listener with casual and at the same time energetic rock elements. As the name suggests, his melodies tell stories from the youth and form the basis for a musical journey peppered with North African rhythms, funk, rock and jazz improvisations, which undoubtedly reflect the international career of the exceptional musician.
With his quartet Hichem Khalfa has already won several prestigious awards, including at the International Jazz Festival of Rimouski and the Off Festival in Montreal.
The jazz musician Fabrice Alleman is one of the great saxophonists of the current Belgian scene and has participated in numerous projects, including the Duo Charlier-Sourisse, various big bands such as the WDR Big Band and a classical chamber orchestra.
As part of their festival, Jazz à Verviers welcomes Fabrice Alleman to an artist's residence, enabling him to work with Hichem Khalfa and Canadian pianist Jérôme Beaulieux for a few days. Two Belgian musicians complete the quintet: drummer Mimi Verderame and double bassist Sam Gerstmans. The result of this musical summit meeting will be presented for the first time to the public in St.Vith on October 5, so the audience can look forward to a world premiere!