The separation between Algerian roots, American modernism and French chanson finds a common ground in Ourida’s avant-garde songwriting – urban songs mixing folk rock, art pop melodies, world beat undertones, and subtle jazz grooves.
Coproduced by Eli Crews (tUnE-yArDs, Marc Ribot…), “Wings” (June 24, 2022) is an indie pop/art rock/alternative album of sensual songs full of imagery about multicultural life and women’s freedom of expression, mixing folk rock melodies and jazz groove with a touch of world music.
Ourida is a French-Algerian songwriter, singer, pianist, ukulele player, and a Brooklyn resident who has experienced multiple uprootings and thus possesses a unique sound, presence and sultry voice. After winning Awards and residency grants in Paris, she performed for years in Parisian clubs, venues, and festivals, and lived in Marseille before being invited to perform in Canada and Brazil. She released her first album ‘Monkeys’ in 2010 and
played it in a French solo tour before moving to New York City.
In a trio with Jonathan Levy on bass and Joe Hertenstein on drums, Ourida plays regularly in the most artistically
diverse and experimentally creative clubs – Barbès, LunaBco, Nublu, Drom, Rockwood Music Hall, Soapbox gallery, Bowery Electric, ShapeShiJer Lab – and collaborated with the best musicians of the active scene -Yayo Serka, Panagiotis Andreou, Or Bareket…
Currently, Ourida is playing with Jeff Miles on guitar and Ben Zwerin on bass, creating a more electric and personalized sound that sits outside any particular musical era.
Critically acclaimed in Europe by the Parisian Radio Nova for her powerful stage performance, by l’Humanite for her
“Rickie Lee Jones” style, and by French Morning for her lyrics “playing with our emotions,” she was booked for consecutive years at the Brooklyn Borough Hall by the United Nations Day’s co-chairman: “Ourida’s beautiful and inspiring music and lyrics evokes the powerful role of women in our society. She is a unique talent.” The album
‘Wings’ will be released in June 24, 2022.
What They’re Saying about Ourida’s “Wings”
In Conversation with Ourida– YMX Music Blog