RICCI - Vocals
Born 21.8.1968, Ricci realised early that his voice can touch people emotionally. After having graduated in classic Music, his ambition was to become the lead singer in a Rock / Pop band. Ricci started singing in different bands with internationally renowned musicians also performing countless concerts at small and large theatres with them. He also accompanied several studio projects. At the age of 25 and based on his 1st place in a national singing competition, he was offered to become a voice coach for a studio project in Cologne - which he kindly refused as this did not attract him enough. His only concern was to become a professional lead singer and not an actor behind the scene. "It took several years of experience and many conversations with my family and friends to become convinced that I should do what I love to do: singing!"
DAVE SILHANEK - GUITAR
Born 22.9.1959 in Prague, Dave grew up with Classic, Jazz and eastern Music. After having immigrated to Switzerland he discovered Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Black Sabbath, Zep and Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and John Colterane as well as the styles of Funk and Punk. At the age of 12 he received his first guitar which infected him more and more with the music virus. Dave soon started performing with local bands and formed his own groups varying from heavy space rock to anarcho-metalllatinjazz-music. In the 80's he lived in Berlin, Paris, New York, the Caribbean's and was running a music-restaurant in Sri Lanka. With the outburst of the civil war he moved over to India where he spent a few years - playing in a striptease bar, doing a lot of jam sessions, living as Sadhu and doing project's. He was also touring with the Outlaws, with whom he came back to Great Britain, where the band however split up. Back in Switzerland he studied literature, politics and history and started going on again with music (touring Spain and Portugal with a Latin band ). In the 90's Dave opened up his own Music School "Dave's Guitar & Bass School" and worked with the Gangsters in Love, Farbstoff, Subzonic, Worst Aid, Nuclear Winter, Vera Kaa, Greg Galli, formed Dave & the Goliaths, played with Wild East and co-founded Sahara Rain.
ADRIAN HONEGGER - GUITAR
Born 4th January 1970, started playing electric Guitar at the age of 14 after previously blowing the Trumped. Since ever than Rock Music fascinated him greatly without ever loosing his interest in Classic Music. In 1989 he moved to London to start a new life as a professional Musician while trying to set up his own Band. During that time he visited the GAM (Guitar Academy of Music) in Wapping, London for a couple of weeks. Running out of Cash and Military Service waiting for him, he was forced to go back to Switzerland. In recent years he played in various bands (Jellybeans, Bankers and Workers, Local Hero's, Device, Night Spell etc....) and started taking Jazz lessons at the Conservatorium, Zurich. Adrian always tried to complete his playing by looking into various music styles - however clearly says "When ever I play the guitar, the output will always be Rock!"
LEVENT SUNU - DRUMS
Born 29.5.1974. At the young age of 8 his parents gave him the opportunity to play the Xylaphan and it soon became obvious, that his main interest was "beating" the Drums. After having played for more than 6 years various Percussion Instruments in a Classical Youth Orchestra consisting of around 30-50 members, Levent finally started playing the Drums at the age of 15. For many years to come, he was playing and touring with Bands performing different Styles such as Thrashmetal, Rock, Funk and Jazzrock/Fusion (Thrashmetal Band "Caustic", published by Phonag Labels 1992). Levent studied Music in Zurich from 1998 until 2001 to become a professional Music Teacher and Musician. In 2003 he opened up his own Music School where he teaches different Music Classes and frequently teaches at other Music Schools. Today (2008)he is a composer and producer of various Music Styles and lives his dream through the music, playing as the Drummer of Sahara Rain and Rockwell.
BOET DE HAAS - BASS
Born in Holland on the 16th of may ....1956....indeed, learned young done ... uh ..young? First band in primary school at the age of 10 playing drums...first steps in playing guitar at the age of 11, teached by my parents. Favourite bands then were the monkeys, Beatles, and all that flower power stuff...Woodstock, Jefferson airplane, yes, ...you name it, I listened to it. At the age of 13 playing in a high school cover band switching from drums to guitar and finally to the bass guitar, depending on what we played: Ten Years After, CCR, Hendrix, Joplin and of course my all time favourite rock band the faces: how to be a fun rock band! Here's to you plonk!!! In the beginning of the 80's after a decennia of schools, study and work started acting and singing in a Dutch national revue. During study doing some cabaret. Took some bass lessons at the music school (Henk Arts) in Utrecht Holland (where else?). Finally getting to Switzerland where I played in some local cover bands and took lessons by Ulie Heinzler at the ACM Zürich. Playing bass and making music started to get more and more serious when I joined Wild East in 2000. Becoming Sahara Rain now.
BO REBSAMEN - KEYBOARDS
Born 27.1.1965 in Zurich, Switzerland, Bo Rebsamen kicked off his musical career 30 years ago as a Guitarist. Only seven years later, inspired by the great hit “Jump” from Van Halen, he believed that Keyboards are an essential part of a Rock Band and can no longer be ignored. As there weren’t any suitable Keyboard players around, he started playing it himself. Hits like “Runaway” from Bon Jovi or “The Final Countdown” form Europe soon confirmed his decision. Inspired by many 70’s and 80’s Rock Bands such as Asia, Yes, Jaded Heart, Signal etc. he became more and more experienced. After having played in various Bands like Starship, Night Rider, Mistery, Tic Tac Toe, Turn the Key, Night Spell his name became outstanding in the Swiss Rock scene. He was also touring in Germany with the legendary Swiss Band Crystal Ball. With his new project SAHARA RAIN, Bo has achieved another mile stone in Swiss Rock history.