“Alarke’s performances draw you in with their soft, hypnotic qualities, turning each song into a dialogue between her and the audience.” – Brooklyn Exposed
Alarke, also known as Mary Alouette, is a New York City-based electro pop singer, songwriter, music producer, and educator in pop and dance songwriting, live performance with Ableton, and voice. Fans often describe her as Grimes meets Lady Gaga.
Alarke has been performing internationally in pop, electronic, jazz, opera, theater, and drama for 26 years and has taught thousands of musicians for 13 years. Her four electronic and jazz albums have won the Grand Prize in the Washington Area Music Association’s Songwriting Competition, New Artist of the Year, and Best Debut Album. S
he was an Artist-in-Residence at Strathmore and with the Brooklyn Arts Council. She received a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance with special studies in Digital Composition from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Canada.
She also studies advanced Ableton programming for live performance and controllerism with Laura Escudé of Electronic Creatives (Kanye West, Jay Z, Logic, The Weeknd, AlunaGeorge, etc.) and DiViNCi, controllerist for Ms. Lauryn Hill.
Favorite performances include: the Rainbow Room at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, the Apollo Theater’s National Tour, Blues Alley, Strathmore, and live film scoring at Nitehawk Cinema.
Other favorite experiences include creating a month-long solo artist retreat and writing and recording jazz and hip hop albums with artists in Cuba, volunteering as the music director at the Ritsona Refugee Camp with I Am You Humanitarian Aid, creating Gypsy jazz music with French Romani Gypsies at the Festival Django Reinhardt in France, apprenticing as a mixing engineer and producer for platinum artists in New York City, studying and performing opera in Austria and Italy, and serving on the grant panel with the Washington, D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities to award fellowships to musicians.
For lessons and consulting, go to setyourlifetomusic.com
In the Press
“Alouette has all the best qualities — original songwriting, respectful nods to traditional sounds and an effervescent stage presence.” – Cathy Fink, GRAMMY Award winner
“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
“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
“Echoes the likes of Billie Holiday” – Baltimore Magazine
“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
“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
Notable Past Venues
Rainbow Room at the top of 30 Rockefeller Plaza
SixtyFive Bar at 30 Rockefeller Plaza
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival
Cherry Blast Festival
The Music Center
The Mansion at Strathmore
live film scoring at Nitehawk Cinema
Apollo Theater's National Tour
MLB Baseball - Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards and Washington Nationals at Nationals Park
MLS (soccer) - DC United RFK Stadium
Fabrica de Arte (Havana, Cuba)
Ritsona Refugee Camp (Greece) (live theater scoring)
U.S. National Mall
The Bowery Electric
Rockwood Music Hall
The Living Room