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Playing a little ditty
Alarke - Grace - NPR Tiny Desk Contest
GRACE ::: the morning of the recording
Alarke's Double EP Release [Indiegogo Video]
Alarke - Morning
Alarke - Morning
Alarke - Mignon
Alarke at Sound Farm
Alarke - Intro to the Neighborhood
Alarke with fashion designer Jamie McCarty
Alarke - Just You [Official Music Video]
Alarke - Just You [Behind the Scenes - by Veloidoxi]
Alarke - O, Be I Your Bluebird [Mary Alouette PROMO]
Alarke - Just You [Treehouse Edition]
Alarke - Angel [Official Music Video]
Alarke - Deux Yeux [live at Glasslands]
Alarke - Charlie [Live at Glasslands]
Alarke [PROMO] ^__^

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Live Dates

Alarke

Date City Venue Country
02/18/16 New York, NY Botanic Lab of Casa Mezcal United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: TBA. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 86 Orchard Street.
02/27/16 Baltimore, MD Creative Alliance at the Patterson United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $25, $22 members | +$3 at the door. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 3134 Eastern Avenue. Venue phone: 410.276.1651. GYPSY JAZZ as MARY ALOUETTE in the 1st Annual Charm City Django Jazz Fest Friday: Ultrafaux & Friends and Rhythm Future Quartet Saturday: Mary Alouette and the Crew & Stephane Wremble Over two packed nights, we celebrate the seductive and virtuosic legacy of Django Reinhardt with some of the finest U.S. musicians who use his Manouche Gypsy sound as springboard for thrilling new musical adventures. Friday: Friday night kicks off the two day fest with a special performance by Baltimore’s own Ultrafaux who play original Gypsy jazz music composed by guitarist Michael Joseph Harris. The band is an acoustic powerhouse of two guitars and an upright bass. As with all Creative Alliance Ultrafaux performances, expect surprise special guests! Down from NYC, Friday night closes with one of the most thrilling young hot jazz groups in the world. Named after a Django Reinhardt tune, the Rhythm Future Quartet performs dynamic and fiery arrangements of Gypsy jazz standards and original compositions that draw from rhythms heard around the world. Jason Anick and Olli Soikkeli, the front-men and lead soloists of the group, are considered ‘rising stars’ in the world of jazz and Gypsy jazz. Olli Soikkeli, who recently made the move from his home country of Finland to New York City, is rapidly becoming a top call guitarist in the bustling Brooklyn jazz scene and has been aptly coined “the Finnish boy wonder”. Saturday: Saturday kicks off with a bang with Mary Alouette and the Crew. Now based in Brooklyn, Mary was living in Maryland when she was first introduced to the classic sound of Django Reinhardt through performances by the Hot Club of DC. She has since blended her expansive vision, lovely voice, and mastery of electronics with the delicate melodies and blazing solos of Django Reinhardt’s acoustic sound. The results are nothing less than mesmerizing: electric, jazzy, psychedelic, progressive, soothing, and urgent – as she slips in and out of genres, and defies definition. Saturday closes with one of the most original and finest players in the modern hot jazz scene. Stephane Wremble has been called “a revelation” by Rolling Stone. Woody Allen recruited him to score the theme to the 2012 Academy Award winning film Midnight in Paris, and he performed live during this year’s Oscars telecast. To say that French-born guitarist/composer—who learned his craft among Manouche Gypsy musicians at campsites in the French countryside—has already had a remarkable career would be an understatement. Tonight, the now Brooklyn-based guitar player closes the festival by performing with a his full band. Expect musical fireworks. Buy Tickets
03/18/16 New York, NY Little Water Radio United States
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 207A Front Street. @ THE OUT TO SEE FESTIVAL More information
04/18/16 Brooklyn, NY Manhattan Inn United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: FREE WITH SUGGESTED $5/$10 DONATION. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 632 Manhattan Avenue. Venue phone: 718.383.0885. Album release show presented by Hypnocraft Buy Tickets

Past venues include the top of 30 Rockefeller Plaza at SixtyFive Bar, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, CMJ, Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival, Artisphere, Babycastles, Blues Alley, Bowery Electric, Cake Shop, Cameo Gallery, Cantab Lounge, Cherry Blast Festival, Cobra Club, Ella Lounge, the Flat, Friends & Lovers, Glasslands, the Holy Underground, the Living Room, Muchmore’s, Nola, Darling, Nublu, Palisades, the Rock Shop, Rockwood, Sidewalk Cafe, Sofar Sounds, Strathmore, ZirZamin, & live film scoring at Nitehawk Cinema.

Press

“Alouette’s performances draw you in with their soft, hypnotic qualities, turning each song into a dialogue between her and the audience.” – Brooklyn Exposed

“I suppose now that technology is so portable, it was only a matter of time until someone tried incorporating electronic elements into gypsy jazz. But that’s not everything Mary Alouette does. With a voice that sounds wild but always in control, this ex-opera student’s sound is too multifaceted to be pigeonholed in a few sentences. Gypsy/Jazz influences intersect with old style French ballads and wicked trip hop/ambient tracks – and sometimes all these ingredients get mixed together.” – The Deli Magazine NYC

“Ms. Alouette’s current musical incarnation, The Lark, is a mix of traditional gypsy jazz with hip-hop and trap beats.” – NY Observer

“As an opera student at McGill University in Montreal, Mary Alouette developed an interest that didn’t necessarily correspond to her studies: electronic music. It took moving to Brooklyn and embarking on a career as a gypsy jazz singer to finally bring electronica into the mix in the form of a new EP, The Lark.” – The Washington Post

“Notes of Portishead’s music and James Bond’s adventurous approach to life are delightfully represented.” – The Examiner

“The [Angel] track is a trip hoppy number, landing somewhere between Tricky’s intense musical whiffs and some kind of new-age-that-doesn’t-suck placidity. A song about a good, but also weird, trip in the tub, nothing sounds better than that right now…” – The Deli Magazine NYC

“Unique blend of gypsy jazz and electronic music.“ – DCist

“Echoes the likes of Billie Holiday” – Baltimore Magazine

“Alouette has all the best qualities — original songwriting, respectful nods to traditional sounds and an effervescent stage presence.”
 – Cathy Fink, GRAMMY Award winner

“Mary Alouette mixes a bit of ambient with a lot of vocal harmonies in this chilled down trip called ‘Angel’, which also sports paint, glitter and a fantastic ending.” – Orestes P. Xistos, Sloucher.org

“[The Lark] is one of those rare records you only get the chance to hear few times. It’s one of those albums hard to review because [of] how original and unique it is … people like me take so many minutes in looking for great adjectives to describe [it].” – Vents Magazine

“Her vocals adapt to both traditional and modern sounds. She can project power with her opera-trained voice, and also express vulnerability on stories of love and loss. She exudes a sense of mystery, whether she is singing her own complex lyrics or a cabaret song in French.” – Allentown Morning Call

“The Lark is not your typical jazz album… its funky and fresh sound coincides flawlessly with Alouette’s vocals. It is an EP worth listening to and peaks your interest to follow Alouette’s musical work.” – The Celebrity Cafe

About Alarke

also known as Mary Alouette - Gypsy jazz vocalist

“Her performances draw you in with their soft, hypnotic qualities, turning each song into a dialogue between her and the audience.” – Brooklyn Exposed

“I suppose now that technology is so portable, it was only a matter of time until someone tried incorporating electronic elements into gypsy jazz. But that’s not everything Alarke does. With a voice that sounds wild but always in control, this ex-opera student’s sound is too multifaceted to be pigeonholed in a few sentences. Gypsy jazz influences intersect with old style French ballads and wicked trip hop/ambient tracks – and sometimes all these ingredients get mixed together.” – The Deli Magazine NYC

Brooklyn electronic jazz pop artist Alarke is the project of Mary Alouette/singer-guitarist-electronicist. Her sound references a swathe of influences – electric, jazzy, psychedelic, progressive, soothing and urgent – slipping in and out of genres and defying definition.

A stunning song siren – award-winning electronic jazz singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Alarke is one to watch.  Her voice bears both tone and control earned through opera training and the emotional connection of a jazz and soul singer grounded in her work performing as a Gypsy jazz singer under the name Mary Alouette. Her songs, full of infectious melodies and dangerous rhythms, have laid the groundwork for a fresh, distinctive, and unforgettable sound.

Her Gypsy jazz singing brought her to stay in a Gypsy caravan in France, but before that she’s headlined at venues including 30 Rockefeller Plaza’s SixtyFive Bar, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Blues Alley, and Terra Blues; sung at Carnegie Hall; competed in the Apollo Theater’s tour; performed the US National Anthem for major league baseball teams; studied opera singing at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Austria and the Schlern International Music Festival in Italy, as well as received a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from McGill University in Montreal, Canada; and worked in the studio as an audio engineer. She’s won the Grand Prize in the Washington Area Music Association’s (WAMA) Professional Artist Support System Songwriting Competition, placed as a finalist in the Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Competition, won New Artist of the Year (2013) and Best Debut Album (2013) with WAMA, and has twice been nominated by WAMA for Best Jazz Vocalist. She was an Artist in Residence at Strathmore Center for the Arts in Maryland and her performance has been highlighted in the New Yorker. From releasing two EPs of original music that combine Gypsy jazz and electronic music to composing and performing live film scores at Nitehawk Cinema in New York City, her creative muscles have flexed a complex vibrancy reflected from her formative years in Montreal, Canada.

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