What’s in Salvador Dalí’s Cookbook? That and new shows/videos.

::: ALARKE TOUR :::
::: BOWERY ELECTRIC & MUCHMORE’S / NYC :::
::: FOGDEN / DC :::

TONIGHT!!  I’m playing a show at the Bowery Electric on Tuesday, September 23 at 11pm.  New band formation with bassist Clint Greenlee and drummer Austin Deyo. Check out the Facebook event here. 

MINI TOUR: playing with DC electronic duos Champagne FeverPleasure Curses atMuchmore’s (here’s the info) in Brooklyn, NYC on Thursday, October 9 with Opal Onyx headlining.  Then we’ll head down to DC on Friday, October 10 and withOutputmessage headlining at the launch party of the new event space, The Fogden, at 4807 Georgia Ave (former home of Art Under Pressure).  Free show (suggested donations).

 ::: GYPSY JAZZ :::
::: @ TERRA BLUES 10/8 :::

I’m really excited to play a Gypsy jazz show with some of New York City’s finest musicians – Pooquette (violin), Darius Scheider (guitar), and Ari Folman-Cohen(bass) – at the established venue Terra Blues on Bleecker Street in NYC onWednesday, October 8 at 7pm.  Here’s the Facebook event information.

::: VIDEOS :::
::: LOCAL LIFE & TRAVELING :::

I want to introduce you to all the people I love, talk about forms of art ranging from music to visual art to fashion to style, share little intimate moments, and the many things that happen in my life as an artist (musical artist, mainly) in New York City. I hope this will all happen over time since I really just want to be in my studio practicing and composing 😉  Click here to check out my first attempt at documenting shiz.

Some friends invited me to Seattle in August and I was fortunate, as part of my travels, to join my award-winning poet friend Mary Emma Koles at a community Kitchen Session poetry & music performance in beautiful (referencing both the people and the nature) Bellingham, Washington. Here’s one clip of a song I performed.  More are on myAlarke Facebook page.

::: THE FACTORY NEW :::

I’m happy to be welcomed into the artist collective the Factory New, which represents a hyper-curated group of artists from around the world. We are connectors, mavens, and salesmen promoting various forms of art.  I shot a few cozy home videos with them yesterday to kick it off.  Here’s a cover of one of my all-time favorite songs (bless Ms. Lauryn Hill’s version!!), ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You’.

::: SALVADOR DALI COOKBOOK :::

Salvador Dalí has a cookbook — a surreally sensual love letter to the palate.

THOUSAND YEAR OLD EGGS

1 dozen eggs
1 ½ quarts of water
5 whole cloves
3 tablespoons of sugar
3 tablespoons of vinegar
Tabasco sauce
2 lemons (cut in 8 pieces)
¾ teaspoon of thyme
4 tea-bags
2 onions
2 cloves of garlic

You certainly know these thousand year old eggs, one of the crowns of Chinese cuisine. We will not presume here to reach their ultimate perfection, but we will simply try to help you follow an amusing recipe which has the advantage of being prepared ahead of time.

First, boil the eggs for ten minutes in salted boiling water. Then take them out, put them under cold running water which will make it easier to shell them. In the same water in which the eggs had boiled, add the cloves, sugar, vinegar, a lot of Tabasco sauce, the lemons (cut in eighths) and thyme. Boil for 15 minutes. Shut off the flame, dip in the tea-bag and let them steep for 10 minutes.

In a jar, put the diced onions and garlic. Add the shelled eggs, and pour the broth so that the eggs are completely immersed. Close the jar and keep it on the lower shelf of your refrigerator.

Be patient for three weeks before opening the jar and serving. These eggs go well with cold meats and fish.

::: TEACHING :::

Some of you may not know that I have been teaching singing for 8 years now and songwriting for two, and I really love it.  With a background in classical vocal training and on-the-job live and studio experience, I have developed a very specific approach. My teaching is an integration of the speech singing technique (which is very visual and instinct based) mixed with the methodology of bel canto singing technique that I studied when I trained to become an opera singer. As for songwriting, I’ve been teaching withKid Pan Alley and privately, and have some awards for my songs with the Washington Area Music Association and the Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest.  If you ever start feeling an inner urge to take lessons in singing or songwriting, don’t hesitate to contact me at: mary.alouette@gmail.com

Ok, time to stop typing, and go get ready for tonight’s show at Bowery Electric!