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Thursday
Mar262015

Rise Up Singing

On Monday evening an intimate and wonderfully eclectic audience gathered in an upstairs room to be treated to the season launch of a wonderful new festival.

The Festival of Mama Alto (my term, not hers) is a concept that strikes me as ingenious, audacious and a total ‘no-brainer’ all at the same time. 

Much in the same way as a theatre company might launch their entire schedule for the year with a major event and program - Mama Alto has launched a beautifully designed booklet announcing her nine major engagements of 2015 and a few sneaky bonuses as well.

The event, held at Melbourne’s swank restaurant Entrecôte was hosted by Ilana Charnelle and featured a performance by Mama Alto and her musical partner in crime, pianist Miss Chief (Tiffani Walton).

Mama Alto is an icon in the making. Her presence and performance transcend the stereotypes of gender, sexuality and typical musical categorisations. Her voice and breathtaking range beautifully echo the soulful and bluesy tones of divas such as Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan. Her visual aesthetic leans towards vintage style gowns and all sorts of shimmery glamour. Mama’s performance is intimate and captivating.

 

Events in the program include:

 

  • A return season of Mama Alto: Countertenor Diva May 1-3 at The Butterfly Club
  • Sassy: Mama Alto Sings Sarah Vaughan May 22-24 at Chapel off Chapel as part of the Stonnington Jazz Festival  
  • Lady Sings the Blues (One Hundred Years of Billie Holiday) July 4 at the Melbourne Recital Centre Salon
  • Sophisticated Lady: A Nightcap with Billie, Judy & Ella performed in collaboration with Miss Chief, Ilana Charnell and Satta

 

 plus others which Cabaret Confessional looks forward to profiling as they draw nearer.

To stay up to date with Mama Alto’s upcoming performances visit her facebook page or visit the website at mamaalto.com/season2015 to download or request a physical copy of the program booklet and see listings for each show.