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07/31/14 http://alarke.com Alarke in New York, NY Babycastles United States
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: $7. Address: 137 W 14th Street.

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“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

 

A stunning song siren – electronic jazz and soul singer and songwriter Alarke is one to watch on the performance scene.  As a singer, she has lived in a Gypsy caravan at the renowned Samois sur Seine Gypsy jazz festival in France, shared the bill with Stevie Wonder at the U.S. Capitol, and competed in the Apollo Theater’s National Tour, sung with the National Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, performed opera in the United States, Canada, Austria, and Italy, sung under the baton of Placido Domingo with the Washington Opera, and delivered the U.S. National Anthem solo & a cappella numerous times for the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals baseball teams and for the D.C. United soccer team.  She has headlined performances at Blues Alley and the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage in Washington, D.C., and is a staple performer at Strathmore Center for the Performing Arts in Maryland after holding an Artist-in-Residence position there.  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.

Alarke won the Grand Prize in the Washington Area Music Association’s 2013 P.A.S.S. Songwriting Competition for her song Lionheart, as well as WAMA’s New Artist of the Year 2012 and Debut Recording 2012 (Midas). Her song, O, Be I Your Bluebird, placed as a finalist in the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Competition.  She was nominated for Best Jazz Vocalist in the 2012 and 2013 Washington Area Music Association awards.

Alarke’s voice bears both tone and control earned through opera training and the emotional connection of a jazz and soul singer. Also a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Alarke has laid the groundwork for a fresh, distinctive, and unforgettable sound.  Her songs, full of infectious melodies and dangerous rhythms, blend floating, jazzy vocals with poignant lyrics. Manipulation of electronic beats, synth pads, acoustic bass lines, and glitchy textures shapes a modern orchestration under the gypsy jazz guitar’s hot rhythms and haunting acoustic licks.

She currently resides in New York City and Washington DC, where she is a go-to vocalist in the Gypsy jazz scenes.  In NYC she worked as an audio engineer and production intern at ishlab studio and assisted sessions with platinum and major label artists and currently collaborates with fashion designers and stylists for performances and streetwear style.  It’s certain that Alarke has a je-ne-sais-quoi about her, and just might be the next best-kept swag songstress secret.

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