Monique Ortiz

Monique Ortiz

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Critics call her a strange and powerful amalgam of Nick Cave, Nina Simone, Nico and Portishead, coming from just one woman and her bass.

Biography

Vocalist/songwriter/bassist Monique Ortiz is best known as the dark horse and front woman of the Boston modern rock quartet Bourbon Princess. After relocating to the Boston area in 1996 from her hometown of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Monique began playing numerous solo performances (just vocals and fretless bass) at art galleries, basement and loft parties, coffee houses and other small venues. In 1997 she and drummer Dave Millar formed Bourbon Princess, performing as a bass and drums duo for the first couple years . Her exceptional range, and androgenous voice, along with her bleak, and surreal songwriting style has drawn comparisons to Nick Cave, Nico, Jim Morrison, P.J. Harvey, and Laurie Anderson to name a few. Her unique approach to the fretless bass makes it nearly impossible to catagorize her. Not being all that influenced by other bassists, Monique often says her biggest influences are Jimi Hendrix, Brian Eno, Nina Simone, David Sylvian. An avid listener of experimental and Arabic music, plenty of percussion and drone will be heard in her bass playing. Audiences are left smitten by her stage presence, sharp wit, and her eerie and uncomfortably personal storytelling. Over the past 8 years Monique has written, arranged, and produced three full-length Bourbon Princess records, and has played hundreds of shows, solo, and with a band (whose linepup includes original Morphine drummer Jerome Deupree, saxophonist and leader of grammy-nominated jazz big band Either/Orchestra Russ Gershon, and guitar and piano phenom Jim Moran). In 2004 and 2005 Monique was selected as a nominee for Best Female Vocalist in the Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll, and The Boston Music Awards. She performed in the prestigious Jeff Buckley Tribute show in Chicago, doing her own versions of "I Woke Up In A Strange Place", and "Moodswing Whiskey". Her songs have appeared in MTV's "Real World", and on various compilations, such as Respond 2 (along with Ani Defranco, Aimee Man, and Dolly Parton), and Project Bread's "Get In Here And Eat". Monique has received much critical acclaim and has been featured in such magazines as MIX, MAGNET, and GUITAR PLAYER among others. Currently Monique is gearing-up for the release of her first solo cd "Reclining Female", on her own label OBSKUR VUDU, which was recorded in her home, without any other players, producers, or big studio gear. The tentative release date is set for early September. Monique is also working on a new project called A.K.A.C.O.D., with Morphine / Twinemen saxophonist Dana Colley and drummer Larry Dersch of Binary System/Roger Miller fame. You can expect to see her on the road this fall! www.moniqueortiz.com and video coming soon!

Discography

2000 Bourbon Princess- Stopline (LP)
2003 "Jerkoff" (EP)
2003 Bourbon Princess- Black Feather Wings (LP released on Accurate Records)
2003 Respond II compilation (featuring Monique's single "Black Feather Wings", along with songs by Aimee Mann, Ani Defranco, and Dolly Parton)
2005 Bourbon Princess- Dark Of Days (LP released on Accurate Records and Hi-N-Dry records)
Autumn 2006 solo debut "Reclining Female" to be released on Monique Ortiz's private label Obskur Vudu.

Set List

1. Blue Kitchen
2. Reclining Female
3. In Between Songs
4. Cliche
5. Bunny Face
6. Sunset
7. One Of These Days
8. DMY
9. The Inside
10. The Waiting Noon