Alarke is currently in the studio working on a new album and will be in Cuba throughout August 2017 to study latin jazz voice and piano and participate in a hip hop collaboration and documentary film.
Past venues include the Rainbow Room at the top of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the SixtyFive Bar at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, CMJ, Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival, Artisphere, Babycastles, the Bitter End, Blues Alley, Cherry Blast Festival, Glasslands, Manhattan Inn, Muchmore’s, Rockwood, Sofar Sounds, the Music Center and the Mansion at Strathmore, & live film scoring at Nitehawk Cinema.
“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…” – The Washington Post.
Alarke combines lush electronic vocal harmonies and beats with operatic orchestral sounds and jazz harmonies inspired by her former life training to be an opera singer and the time she spent singing in a Gypsy caravan in France.
Electronic beats x opera x jazz x neo-soul. For fans of: Kimbra, James Blake, Banks, Hiatus Kaiyote.
Past venues include the Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Plaza, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Blue Alley, Sofar Sounds, Manhattan Inn with Hypnocraft Presents, Glasslands, C’Mon Everybody, CMJ, Babycastles, and Rockwood Music Hall.
A graduate of the opera program at McGill Univeristy in Montreal, Canada, Alarke was awarded an artist residency at The Music Center at Strathmore and has won the Grand Prize in the Washington Area Music Association’s (WAMA) Professional Artist Support System Songwriting Competition, New Artist of the Year (2013) and Best Debut Album (2013) with WAMA, and placed as a finalist in the Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Competition (2012). She is a 2017 SU-CASA Artist-in -Residence with the Brooklyn Arts Council.
Alarke says, “I have explored various mediums and they are all me; I cannot identify with just one. My purpose is to connect with and support other individuals who live within multiple communities, and hope that they may find belonging, too.” A recurring theme in her music is that of a bird, freely flying across treetops and sceneries, representative of the notion of not being tied to any particular genre. This bird is a songbird – an ‘alouette’ in French, a lark in English; this is the genesis for Mary Alouette’s artist name Alarke.
“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