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 the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Blues Alley, and Terra Blues; shared the bill with Stevie Wonder; sung at Carnegie Hall; competed in the Apollo Theater’s tour; performed the US National Anthem for major league baseball teams; studied opera singing internationally; and worked in the studio as an audio engineer. She’s won awards for her songwriting and was an Artist in Residence at Strathmore. 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 Washington, D.C. and Montreal, Canada.