When:Friday 6th December, 7pm for 7.30pm
Trans Voices Cabaret
Trans Voices Cabaret will celebrate trans voices onstage, with a stellar line up of trans and gender diverse singers curated by Florin Douglas.
The evening features local Canberra talent including acclaimed singer-songwriter Shoeb Ahmad, and is hosted and headlined by jazz singer, cabaret artiste and gender-transcendent diva, Mama Alto.
Bar open from 7pm
“Mama Alto is an exceptionally talented singer, who makes the question as to whether it is a woman or a man singing obsolete. It is clearly an angel.” (The Conversation)
Mama Alto is a jazz singer, cabaret artiste & gender transcendent diva. She is a transgender & queer person of colour who works with the radical potential of storytelling, strength in softness and power in vulnerability.
Fierce, femme and fabulous, she has performed at beloved venues including Brisbane Powerhouse, Hares & Hyenas, and festivals such as Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne Cabaret Festival, Midsumma (Melbourne), Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras & more.
In 2018, she released four studio albums on vinyl, CD and digital release, all recorded with original analogue 1950s recording equipment. Vinyls & CDs are available here, and you can find Mama on Spotify, Apple Music, and many other popular streaming platforms.
As a company member of legendary production house Finucane & Smith, Mama Alto has toured to Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Darwin Festival, Desert Harmony Festival (Tennant Creek), and the Havana International Theatre Festival (Cuba), performing in celebrated productions including “Glory Box” and “The Rapture.”
She has performed in Declan Greene’s play “The Homosexuals” (Malthouse Theatre & Griffin Theatre Company 2017), was a featured soloist in Taylor Mac & Pomegranate Arts ‘24 Decade History of Popular Music’ (Melbourne Festival 2017), was a selected 2019 Cybec Electric playwright at Melbourne Theatre Company, and is the co-creator of the highly acclaimed variety cabaret “Gender Euphoria,” Australia’s largest ever trans & gender diverse main stage production which premiered at Arts Centre Melbourne.
She has been awarded the 2019 Australian LGBTI Awards Music Artist of the Year, the 2018 City of Yarra Contributions to the Arts Award, the 2017 GLOBE Melbourne LGBTI Awards Artist of the Year, the 2016 Outstanding Access & Inclusion Award at Melbourne Fringe, and the 2014 Best Cabaret Weekly Award at Adelaide Fringe. In 2019, Mama Alto is one of the Creators recognised and supported by the Victorian Government through the Creative Victoria “Creators Fund.”
Shoeb offers a rich and extensive background in Australian music, creating idiosyncratic music over the last decade. Using guitar, keyboard, voice and electronics, Shoeb works both as singer/composer and improviser when performing solo and in collaboration. Shoeb has released a diverse range of original music while also working on sound design for dance/theatre, installation pieces and contemporary chamber composition, inspired by 20th Century avant-classical works, Indian ragas and minimalist electronic music. Shoeb has performed throughout Australia, Japan, New Zealand, the UK and the SE Asian region as a solo artist and with groups such as Sensaround, Spartak, Tangents and the Australian Art Orchestra.
InkBits is Canberra’s very own Queen of Punk Cabaret. Known both locally and nationally for performing their gender fluid covers with a twist, this artist melts modern music with Brecht undertones and presents a show which draws you in and packs a punch.
With a fierce focus, a voice of a dark angel and nothing to prove, but everything to say… InkBits is a freak in the best means of the word; incredibly enticing, yet not afraid to disturb. With a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts, InkBits has trained in voice for theatre but is a self-trained singer.
Electra Powerhouse is a nonbinary performance artist and an aspiring DJ from Canberra. Electra is inspired by a wide range of genres, from experimental electronic music to jazz, blues and contemporary. In their teens, Electra trained in classical singing with aspirations to join the Opera someday. Nowadays, they perform sensual jazz and blues with the goal of integrating their performance art with music.
28 and transfeminine, Rachel Lee a public servant by day and occasional singer and quiet activist by night and on the weekends. A lover of pop and musical theatre, Rachel has sung in several local choirs. She always has a tune in her head and is mostly a self-taught singer.
Perfectly Frank is a 30-something self-made man, parent and proudly out Queer Crip from Darwin, living on Ngunnawal and Ngambri lands.
Audiences can expect neither woman nor man but an Experience influenced by the promise of a thundering cloudbank as well as a heady inspiration of glam metal, crooning lullabies and country punk aesthetics.
Caley Callahan is an emerging Canberra singer known for her work as karaoke queen, and more recently lead singer of all-girl band Virginia’s Wolf. In her character Jane Bond, she has a licence to thrill with classic 007 themes.
Maddie is a young queer artist of Canberra. They are inspired by strong lyricists, alternative and indie music, and have a background in choral singing, and the visual arts as a painter. Maddie is here to present their singing for the first time as an adult.
In November, TAC is celebrating PRIDE in our community with a specially curated series of events, performances, and discussions by LGBTIQ artists to coincide with Canberra SpringOUT Pride Festival and Tuggeranong’s community festival SouthFest. From music to comedy, cabaret, literature, poetry, ideas and more, this program will bring together some of the best and brightest LGBTIQ artists in Australia alongside Canberra’s own Queer* stars.