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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, 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.

“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

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 Rainbow Room and 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 the Major League Baseball teams: the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Nationals and for the Major League Soccer team DC United; 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, placed as a finalist in the We Are Listening Singer-Songwriter 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 three 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 Washington, DC and Montreal, Canada.

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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

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