Mama Alto on the radical potential of storytelling through song and strength in softness
Welcome to episode two of The Tune Up podcast with hosts Maxim Boon and Megan Steller.
In this episode, Maxim Boon and Megan Steller speak with gender-transcendent diva and cabaret artiste Mama Alto about the power and potential of storytelling through song, how vulnerability builds strength in humankind and the inclusivity of contemporary cabaret.
Mama Alto is a jazz singer, cabaret artiste & gender transcendent diva. Fierce, femme and fabulous, she has performed at beloved venues including The Butterfly Club, Brisbane Powerhouse, Chapel off Chapel, The Famous Spiegeltent, Gluttony, Hares & Hyenas, The Melba Spiegeltent, Melbourne Recital Centre, the National Gallery of Victoria, Porcelain Tea Parlour & more, and festivals such as Adelaide Cabaret Fringe, Adelaide Fringe, Feast (Adelaide), Emerging Writers Festival, Festival of Voices (Hobart), Marysville Jazz & Blues, Melbourne Cabaret Festival, Melbourne Fringe, Midsumma (Melbourne), Stonnington Jazz, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, Wonderland (Brisbane) & more. In 2018, she released four studio albums on vinyl, CD and digital release, all recorded with original analogue 1950s recording equipment. You can also find Mama on Spotify, Apple Music, and many other popular streaming platforms.
Maxim Boon is a British composer, writer and critic who has been based in Australia since 2014. When he's not ensconced in a concert hall or writing about Melbourne's music scene, he can mostly be found taking selfies with his dog.
Megan Steller is an artist manager, writer and producer, who spends most of her time talking about classical music. She occasionally gets really enthusiastic at the symphony and claps in the wrong spot, but she's working on it.