::: Announcing : ALARKE :::
This is the moment. I’m launching my new original music project, called Alarke(pronounced ‘uh-LARK’). Why the new name? It’s simple: I want to distinguish between my two unique musical projects – Gypsy jazz and original electronic music (with influences of Django Reinhardt’s music, of course). Until now, I performed under the name Mary Alouette for both styles of music. This was confusing to fans and booking agents. Beyond that, Alarke means exploring fresh sounds, pushing boundaries, and following my artistic instincts wherever they lead me. My new music fearlessly incorporates influences that span the ages and the globe. It is uniquely me, and I am so excited to share this new vision with you.
So, here it is. The official unveiling of the new Alarke website:
Take a look and tell me what you think via Facebook & Twitter ::: @alarkemusic
::: JUST YOU :::
MUSIC VIDEO RELEASE PARTY
::: AT VIDEOLOGY /// FRI 1/24 :::
Here’s the blurb:
Alarke’s Just You fuses cutting-edge electronic beats with flavors of Gypsy jazz guitar and psychedelic synth lines. The song is truly timeless. So it’s only fitting that this music video literally transcends time and space; transporting you into the magical abstract universe of new media artist Jason Levine’s one-of-a-kind audio reactive projections.
These live-generated, colorful beams of light were custom designed to react to every inflection and intonation of her voice and the musical instruments – at the very moment that they happen. Her voice conducts this symphony of light as it fills the space with electrifying calligraphy, without ever fully illuminating her alluring mystique.
Ultimately, Just You is just Alarke, as her voice conjures hypnotizing rays of light. Come be one of the first to watch Just You blaze onto the music scene – you’ve never seen anything quite like it before.
Screening at Videology in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Featuring: live beatboxing with projections performance by Jason Levine and DJ set by Lynas. Friday, January 24 at 10:30pm. No cover. Click here for the event info on Facebook.
::: NUBLU /// WED 1/22 :::
I’m stoked to perform with my band at the famed electronic jazz club Nublu
in the East Village, NYC on Wednesday, January 22 at 9pm
. The magic under the little blue light that marks the entrance to the club emanates from a group of players from all over the world with regulars hailing from Brazil, Eastern Europe, the UK, the US and everywhere between. What’s more, they happen to be among the most sought after musicians around. They’ve regularly shared stages and made recordings with Herbie Hancock, David Byrne, Sun Ra, Beck, and John Zorn to rattle off a few. It’s going to be a good show. See you there. Click here for the Facebook event info.
::: GLASSLANDS /// TUE 2/11 :::
Located in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Glasslands is a converted warehouse, formerly a homegrown community art space turned psychedelic venue partyhaus. Alarke will perform a set on Tuesday, February 11 opening for the experimental art pop album release by Christine Hoberg. Also sharing the bill are Frances Cone and Dani Mari.Find out more on the Facebook event page here.
::: WAMMIES DC /// SUN 2/16 :::
My song Lionheart off of The Lark EP won the grand prize in the WAMA (Washington Area Music Association) PASS Songwriting Competition. Amongst many prizes that include sessions with an industry lawyer, manager, and publicist, studio time at Bias Studios, and contributions towards CD printing, my band and I will perform at the 2014 WAMMIES award ceremony on Sunday, February 16. The WAMMIES recognize significant achievements by DC-area musicians. You can listen to Lionheart here.
::: SHRUGGING SOUNDS :::
AT ATLAS INTERSECTIONS
I’m thrilled to be a part of this Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival on Saturday, February 22 at 9:30pm. Eight days of performing arts celebrate the diversity, energy, and excellence of artists and audiences from DC and beyond. This festival is presented as part of INTERSECTIONS at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Feb. 21 – Mar. 8, 2014. Check out what the Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival is about in this feature by the Washington Post. MORE TO COME ABOUT THIS VERY SPECIAL PERFORMANCE!