Gaida and Malika Zarra
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Syrian songstress, Gaida, is "one of the most effusive and charming vocalists in the New York world music scene.” Along with her outstanding ensemble: oudist Zafer Tawil, pianist George Dulin, percussionist Aleksandar Petrov on tapan and bassist Jennifer Vincent, Gaida performs “entrancing” innovative interpretations of Syrian folk songs, originals, and freestyle improvisations over Arabic and Latin grooves.
For, Gaida, morning in Damascus meant melodies: waking to the sound of her father’s radio while he shaved, the predawn intertwining calls to prayer bursting from mosques across the world’s longest-inhabited city. Strains of Umm Kulthum and Fairouz rose from radios and stores as horses clopped and cars purred by. The age-old harmonized with the modern. These sounds shaped the gorgeous and thoughtful Syrian singer’s impeccable musical intuition and velvety yet crystalline voice, now channeled into the stunning live performances. With her voice as a common denominator, Gaida has found the soulful sweet spot where complex Levantine rhythms and rich melodies synch up with breezy hints of bossa nova and that certain swing found only in jazz.
Gaida’s songs, refined over a decades-long journey, unite the elegance of Arabic poetry and the refined ornamentation of Middle Eastern vocals with the sophisticated urbanite sensibilities of her adopted home.
Gaida and her band were featured in Jonathan Demme’s 2008 drama “Rachel Getting Married.” They’ve recorded with Robyn Hitchcock, Gillian Welch and Alejandro Escovedo and performed in prestigious national venues like the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall and many world music festivals.
"Entrancing and luscious" - Timeout New York
"Gaida stirs up magic onstage" - The Detroit News
"Syrian songstress, Gaida, is one of the most effusive and charming vocalists in the New York world music scene.” - Timeout New York
“Beyond perfect” - Peter Canby from the New Yorker
Malika Zarra is an inspiring new international voice, both influenced by jazz and bringing her own culture and creativity to the melting pot of the New York jazz scene. Born in Morocco, raised in France, this gifted composer, producer and singer has invented a new Moroccan world-jazz by tastefully using traditional North African chaâbi, as well as Berber and Gnawa polyrhythms to underpin her distinctly contemporary urban compositions, all the while maintaining a sophisticated improvisational modern jazz approach. Already considered a rising star in Africa, Zarra and her multi-national band recently appeared at Dakar’s prestigious International Black Arts Festival, where heads of state mingled with major African musicians like Youssou N’Dour and Angelique Kidjo. The New York-based artist's latest release Berber Taxi was an NPR World Jazz Pick and has garnered praise from musicians and critics alike. John Zorn says "Malika Zarra is a rare and special voice," and Jazz Times writes "Zarra's timing is sharp, her command irrefutable and her instincts the mark of a leader.
Aired on PBS: Arab Arabian Stories (9:30)
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