She was born in Paris, in a rushed, obsessed and arrogant society, to a Berber father and a Normand
mother fiercely attached to their land. As a child, Ourida began with theatre and stage, piano, trumpet and by dint of reading loudly Michaux’s poems with Tom Waits’ music in the background, she naturally started singing.
Fascinated by the style of Chet Baker, Joao Gilberto and Caetano Veloso, she also found interest in the sober and uncluttered sounds of the trumpet… Hired as a pianist for an art exhibition in Beaubourg, she was finally able to buy herself a ticket to Brazil, where she met, three months before his death, Pierre Fatumbi verger, a Parisian photographer exiled for life to Salvador de Bahia. This meeting marked her forever with the seal of freedom and the natural truth of being. The return to Paris was unbearable; so, she entered into the Jazz Center in Marseille. Communication between musicians was more open there; she didn’t run into the same labels’ main
constraints and questions of style. So, she could finally play freely with the others musicians; percussionists, brass instruments, jazzmen, inventors of soundtracks, djs, dancers, crossing cabarets and bars of the city, recording demo after demo, solo or orchestrated. Björk and Lhasa’s first albums hit the scene at this moment: it’s a real shock. For four years, she has listened to this music over and over, as well as the sounds of the sea and the city, watching boats leaving for Algeria every day.
Thanks to the contract with Panier 13 productions and the public prize won during a competition in Paris, she go back to the capital, where she plays piano and sings almost everywhere, she also draws attention to herself for her new recording and she is invited to inaugurate the Popular art center of Ramallah to represent France in the days of the francophony in Canada.
Hired by Corida, tour manager of Rita Mitsouko, she starts a group with Mark Kerr, drummer of Catherine Ringer and Thibault Frisoni, David Lafore’s guitarist. She meets incredible artists and works at the Cigale, Boule noire, and Trabendo. This situation shakes her vision of things, and she starts writing more and more in other languages (english, portuguese…).
More than before, she listens to rock, pop and soul, but she always has a passion for jazz and world music. She finds a unique sound thanks to her solo performances, especially during prime time and she develops it successfully during her second trip to Brazil. She released a first record with nine tracks, called ‘Hand of the story’. For almost two years, she played with an acoustic trio jazz band with JP Molina on drums (Surnatural orchestra) and A Cuisinier on bass (Benjamin Moussay trio). Firstly, the group is preselected for the Muzik’elles de Meaux festival, and
finally won the Grand Zebrock festival in 2007. The band plays in several concert halls in the 93 and on various radio stations.
The order of an original soundtrack upsets everything: how listening to the stories of the songs as well on a screen? How creating something that could move at the same time the body and the heart, as much as in a film? The quartet imposed itself as evidence, with more electric sounds, and musicians like Mathieu Gramoli (Orquestra de Fuba) on drums, Sylvain ‘Slydee’ Daniel (Julien Loureau) on bass, Csaba Palotaï (Wladimir Anselme) on drums, Sébastien Gastine (Babx) on double bass. The new album is going to be released in the beginning of 2010.